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

Ingredients:
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

Directions:
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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. :)

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!!

  12. 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!

  13. 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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