Pumpkin Pie Truffles

Hmm, this is my third post in a row featuring pumpkin and I have a couple more pumpkin recipes all ready to go! Sorry for the lack of variety – I’ll try to mix it up and refrain from posting the others for awhile, but I have to get this one in before Halloween!

For my sweet Halloween treat, I wanted to make truffles that tasted like pumpkin pie and looked like cute little mini pumpkins. I think I’m at 90% of the way there with this recipe. The taste is right on (pumpkin pie and white chocolate – yum!), but my pumpkin shaping skills need a bit of work…these are supposed to be pumpkins, not basketballs! Anyway, this was actually my third attempt at getting the truffle filling right, so I was glad to have finally nailed it! Canned pumpkin puree is a tad watery, so I was having consistency issues, until I realized that the best solution was to simmer the puree for awhile to remove some of the water. I also colored white chocolate for the first time with my gel food coloring kit, which worked surprisingly well.  If I can successfully cover truffles in chocolate, anyone can!  I was planning on cutting up chocolate for the pumpkin stumps, but then I saw pecans and decided that was the way to go. These little guys are RICH, so you only need one to satisfy your sweet tooth craving!

Pumpkin Pie Truffles
Printable Recipe

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups white chocolate chips
Several drops of orange gel food coloring
15 small pecan pieces

Mix butter, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice in a small nonstick pan and heat over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes or until mixture is reduced to 1/2 cup.

Mix cooked pumpkin, brown sugar, flour, and salt in medium bowl until well combined. Chill dough for 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Shape chilled dough into 15 1-inch balls. Place on waxed paper on a cookie sheet and chill in the refrigerator while preparing chocolate.

Melt white chocolate chips in a shallow bowl on High 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds; stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Mix orange gel food coloring with the melted chocolate until smooth. Using 2 spoons, dip pumpkin balls into melted chocolate and cover evenly. Place on waxed paper and top each truffle with a pecan piece “stump”. Serve after chocolate sets, about 5 minutes. Makes 15 truffles.

Nutrition: 141 calories, 7.5g fat, 1.2g fiber, 1.2g protein per truffle
Cost: $0.19 per truffle

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47 Responses to Pumpkin Pie Truffles

  1. Astra Libris says:

    W-O-W… I am speachless with wonder… These are SO gorgeous!

    I am very much enjoying the pumpkin recipes! :-) You have some of the most creative pumpkin treats I’ve ever seen! Looking forward to more pumpkin delights! :-)

  2. Lauren says:

    I love, love, LOVE this idea! White chocolate and pumpkin go so nicely together. I can’t seem to get enough pumpkin recipes, so keep ‘em coming :).

  3. Joanne says:

    At least in my world, there is no such thing as too many pumpkin recipes. So keep em coming! Also, I love how creative these are! Too adorable. I want to have a Halloween party just so I can serve them.

  4. Debbie says:

    Oh I think they are so cute!!! They look delicious. What a great idea…..

  5. LOL nineteen cents per truffle… I love your calculations at the end. We have a party this weekend, and these will be on the table… Thanks!

  6. peachkins says:

    pumpkin pie truffles that looks like little pumpkins…

  7. Meghan says:

    These are so adorable!!!!!!! I love that you shaped them as pumpkins – so cute! Keep the pumpkin recipes coming – it’s that time of year! :)

  8. Kelly says:

    I love making truffles. I made a few varieties last year for the holidays and it was so much fun. I could see where the consistency of the puree would make things tricky. I’ve noticed that a lot of the truffles I’ve made have called for cocoa butter in the ganache which I imagine helps thicken things up.

  9. Stephanie says:

    Those sound so great! And your quesadillas are so fun!!

  10. Liesl says:

    I am SO making these this weekend!! I love anything and everything pumpkin so keep those recipes coming!

  11. grace says:

    although i don’t like the flavor of pumpkin, i have to applaud your adorable shaping and coloring. these are indeed the quintessential fall treat—good work!

  12. I love the idea of pumpkin truffles – they look awesome, excellent job!

  13. Wendy says:

    How cute are your pumpkin truffles?!

  14. heather says:

    ahhhh! those are so cute! i just want to squeal they’re so adorable! and they look yummy, too :)

  15. nora@ffr says:

    Gorgeously presented kerstin! Such a talent you have here!! they look soo pretty and yummy

  16. elra says:

    How adorable and so cute Kerstin!

  17. These are cute! And, I love these flavors. They sound delicious.

  18. Karine says:

    I agree with everyone: they look really cute!

  19. Reeni says:

    I don’t mind all the pumpkin recipes! These are adorable! And so scrumptious!

  20. Emily Rose says:

    adorable!! and they sound delicious too!

  21. donna says:

    What a most fantastic idea, love it. They are absolutely delightful and I bet the taste is supreme!

  22. Eralda says:

    Awwww, how cute! Love the mini pumpkin truffles…so creative, and delicious, and fun. I keep making pumpkin/squash things as well. Tis the season, I suppose. Yummy! Looking forward to the other pumpkin deliciousness.

  23. Sues says:

    Ahhh how cute are these? And absolutely adorable too! Oh, and I’m sure they taste pretty delicious as well :)

  24. Monica H says:

    These are so cute and perfect for Halloween. They don’t look like basketballs to me. And the nea thing about these is that they can be tall and thin or short and fat and still be perfect.

    I love these and I bet they were quite tasty too!

  25. sophia says:

    WHOAAA!!! What little precious, pumpkin-y gems! If you’re giving these out for HAlloween, I’m flying over!!

  26. Natashya says:

    They are so cute! I love them. :)

  27. Prudy says:

    Those are adorable. I love the pecan stems!

  28. L'Chicken says:

    I envy whoever took that bite up there.

  29. Laura says:

    Oh my gosh, those are adorable!

  30. Hélène says:

    These are so cute, what a great truffle.

  31. Elina says:

    These look so incredible. I wish I had the patience to make something like that. I bet it would be the absolute perfect treat to bring to a Halloween party. :)

  32. Pam says:

    How cute and clever! I could eat way too many of these babies.

  33. girlichef says:

    These are so cute…and they sound great!! Never too much pumpking this time of year!! Those little pecan stems are great :D

  34. CaSaundra says:

    These are adorable and look tasty as well!!
    As for the pumpkin mania, I am all for it–
    more pumpkin recipes please! =) I have a
    really good one coming up too!

  35. ttfn300 says:

    oh my, these are amazing!! i bet you could also strain the pumpkin over cheesecloth… but simmering probably concentrates the flavor more :) yum!

  36. Nicole says:

    LOVE this idea! You are so creative! And the fact that you used a pecan for the stem is pure genius. I love pumpkin recipes and I love seeing what you come up with next. I think your recipe looks perfect as is!

  37. Emily says:

    I think the pecan is my favorite part! How did you think of that?? I love it. I almost made some Halloween truffles. What a great idea. They look delicious!

  38. Jessica says:

    HOW ADORABLE! These are super cute girl! I am now trying to make space in my schedule for tomorrow to make these (just caught up on my google reader so I did not see these when you posted them). Hope you have a Happy Halloween!!

  39. Kerstin says:

    Thanks to all! These were really fun to make!

    Monica – Yes, the fact that the shape doesn’t really matter definitely worked in my favor :) Apolinaras made the basketball comment, which I thought was pretty funny.

    Emily – It was luck, I just happened to open my cupboard and the pecan pieces were staring at me!

  40. ingrid says:

    Just one? Yeah, right!

    Great job on these Kerstin. I’m certain that would be a hit with me and my guys! Oh, yeah and bring on the pumpkin!

  41. These are absolutely adorable!!!!!

  42. Jeanette says:

    Oh my goodness! How cool is that?!?!? I love it. I’m definitely going to have to try this one out! Thanks for sharing the recipe!


  43. Liesl says:

    I made these this weekend and they turned out so tasty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to blog about it! Thanks agian for sharing!

  44. snooky doodle says:

    these look yummy. i made some pumpkin truffles too here’s the link http://maltesebakes.blogspot.com/2009/10/halloween-pumpkin-truffles.html :)

  45. Kerstin says:

    Liesl – Yay, I’m so glad you enjoyed them and can’t wait to check out your post!!

    Snooky Doodle – Mmm, your truffles look delicious – great idea to use muffin crumbs!

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