Pumpkin Pie Truffles

These pumpkin pie truffles are perfect for when you’re craving all the flavors of pumpkin pie but don’t actually want to go through the trouble of making an entire pie!
 
This post was originally published on 10/31/13 and last updated on 11/16/18.
 
side view of a bowl of Pumpkin Pie Truffles

Pumpkin Pie Truffles – the perfect fall treat! 

All the flavors of a slice of pumpkin pie in a single bite, covered by delicious dark chocolate. These easy Pumpkin Truffles are the perfect homemade fall treat and an adorable addition to any Thanksgiving dessert spread. 

overhead shot of a small bowl with homemade pumpkin pie truffles

Am I right or am I right?

overhead shot of a bowl of homemade Pumpkin Pie Truffles covered with dark chocolate

I love making homemade truffles because you can pack a whole bunch of flavor into a tiny bite-sized treat. Besides these no-bake  Pumpkin Pie Truffles, I also love making my Grapefruit Vanilla Bean Truffles and my White Chocolate Meyer Lemon Truffles during the holiday season.

side view of a bowl of homemade Pumpkin Pie Truffles covered with dark chocolate
 

Why you will love these No-Bake Pumpkin Balls:

These Pumpkin Pie Truffles are perfect if you don’t want to indulge in a whole slice (or 3) of pie, but still want to satisfy that sweet tooth.

They contain all the pumpkin pie goodness your heart desires in one or two bites: the creamy pumpkin filling, the warm fall spices, even the graham cracker crumbs!

chocolate covered Pumpkin Pie Truffles in a small bowl

They’re all in there, enrobed in a decadent coating of dark chocolate.  

Another pro: These are so stupid easy! No baking required. Simply mix the ingredients, roll the batter into truffles and dip in melted chocolate. The hardest part, for me at least, is not eating all of the pumpkin mixture and melted chocolate before it gets used. 

homemade Pumpkin Pie Truffles being rolled in melted dark chocolate

How to make Pumpkin Pie Truffles:

  • First we melt good quality white chocolate. My favorite is a bar of Vahlrona because it melts more easily than white chocolate chips. Sometimes white chocolate chips are designed to hold their shape when baking, so when you try to melt them you end up with a seized up glob of white chocolate. No fun.
  • Next, add pumpkin puree, graham cracker crumbs, cream cheese, powdered sugar and pumpkin pie spice to the melted white chocolate and stir until combined. Chill this mixture in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before rolling it into balls. Then chill the balls in the freezer for about 15 minutes so they’ll keep their shape when dipped into the melted dark chocolate
  • Meanwhile you can toast the additional graham cracker crumbs with a little bit of butter that will serve as the garnish on top of the truffles.
  • When the truffle filling has set, melt the dark chocolate in a shallow bowl and dip each ball into the melted chocolate. I find that using a fork to handle the truffles yields the best result because you can drain the excess chocolate back into the bowl through the tines of the fork.

homemade pumpkin pie truffles being rolled in melted dark chocolate to make no-bake pumpkin balls

How long do homemade pumpkin pie truffles last? 

Because these pumpkin pie truffles contain cream cheese, it’s best to store them in the refrigerator if they are not consumed right away.

They’ll keep for about a week in the fridge, or up to six months in the freezer! If freezing, be sure to store them in an airtight container.

Tips for making Pumpkin Pie Truffles: 

  • I recommend you use high quality white chocolate instead of white chocolate chips which are often meant to hold their shape when heated and dont melt nicely. 
  • You can make your own pumpkin spice mix by combining 1 tsp of cinnamon with 1/4 tsp each or cloves, nutmeg, ginger and allspice.
  • When melting your chocolate in the double boiler, always melt  it over very low heat – do not boil the water. Moisture is the enemy of melting chocolate and it can cause melted chocolate to stiffen. Don’t let any water get into the chocolate. This is also why you should not cover the double boiler, condensation will drip in.

overhead shot of Pumpkin Pie Truffles on a grey kitchen counter

Variations on this recipe: 

  • As an alternative to the graham cracker crumbs,  you could garnish these pumpkin pie truffles with a little sprinkle of coarse salt.
  • If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice nore the igredients to make your own, simply use cinnamon. The truffles will still taste cozy and fall-like. 
  • You can make these gluten-free by using gluten-free graham crackers. 

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Pumpkin Pie Truffles
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Pumpkin Pie Truffles

These pumpkin pie truffles are perfect for when you're craving all the flavors of pumpkin pie but don't actually want to go to the trouble of making an entire pie!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Thanksgiving
Keyword chocolate pumpkin pie truffles, no-bake pumpkin balls, pumpkin balls
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 18 truffles
Author Denisse

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chopped
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 ounce cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate, chopped

Instructions

  1. Melt white chocolate in a double boiler (or in a microwave-safe bowl for 45 seconds, then in 15-second intervals, until completely melted).

  2. In a food processor, combine white chocolate, pumpkin puree, 2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs, cream cheese, powdered sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Transfer to a bowl, cover and chill mixture for at least 2 hours.

  3. Meanwhile heat butter in a small skillet. Add remaining 2 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs and stir to combine. Toast for about 2 minutes, then remove from heat and set aside.

  4. Roll the chilled mixture into 1 inch balls, place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze for about 15 minutes.

  5. Melt dark chocolate in a double boiler. When the chocolate has melted, dip truffles individually into melted chocolate using a fork to drain off the excess chocolate (it helps to tap the wrist of the hand that is holding the fork with your other hand). Use a spoon to gently slide the truffle off of the fork and onto the baking sheet. If chocolate begins to cool, return to the double boiler briefly before continuing to dip truffles.

  6. Immediately garnish each truffle with reserved graham cracker crumbs and chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

Recipe Notes

  • I recommend you use high quality white chocolate instead of white chocolate chips which are often meant to hold their shape when heated and dont melt nicely. 
  • You can make your own pumpkin spice mix by combining 1 tsp of cinnamon with 1/4 tsp each or cloves, nutmeg, ginger and allspice.
  • When melting your chocolate in the double boiler, always melt  it over very low heat - do not boil the water. Moisture is the enemy of melting chocolate and it can cause melted chocolate to stiffen. Don't let any water get into the chocolate. This is also why you should not cover the double boiler, condensation will drip in.
hands holding a small bowl with homemade no-bake Pumpkin Pie Truffles
 
These easy homemade pumpkin pie truffles are perfect for when you're craving all the flavors of pumpkin pie but don't actually want to go to the trouble of making an entire pie! These are made with pumpkin puree, white chocolate and graham cracker crumbs and of course pumpkin spice! They make the perfect food gift for the holidays. Bring them to a Thankgiving Party #thanksgiving #pumpkinpie #truffles #candy

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Comments

  1. PattyG

    These were very good, thank you for the recipe! I couldn’t find a quality dark chocolate, so I used semi sweet….still very good, but dark chocolate would have been even better…..I used a 1 Tablespoon cookie scoop, and only came up with 12 truffles…..there were 8 of us, so it was just perfect…..there were a few left over for the hostess.

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  2. Lisa | Garlic & Zest

    STUN-NING! Gorgeous photography and those truffles look like Fall perfection. My husband doesn’t even like pumpkin and he’s standing over my shoulder asking me to MAKE THESE! Ok, twist my arm.

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  3. Sara

    Holy moly these are so good. I have to put 1/2 of them in the freezer almost right after I make them so I don’t eat the whole batch at once.

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