Monday, October 03, 2011

31 Days of Fall Fun {Day 3}: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Truffles

Oh my word, these truffles are delicious!

 pcc truffles finished 3

A while ago, I saw this recipe on the Whole Foods website and I knew that these would be perfect for an autumn treat.

They were relatively easy to make, but do require a little patience because they have to chill twice.

pcc truffles ingredient list

Ok, let’s make these babies!
  • In a medium bowl, combine gingersnap and graham cracker crumbs. Keep a little bit of crumbs back in a bowl for garnish later on, if you want to.
graham crackers
  • Dump in pumpkin, sugar, zest, cinnamon, salt, and cream cheese.
pcc truffles in bowl
  • Get out your electric hand mixer and cream it up!
pcc truffles all creamed up
  • The mixture will be soft, so cover it up and chill until it is solid enough to form into balls, which should be about 2 hours. Don’t skimp on the chill time. If you find that the mixture is taking a while to set, stick it in the freezer for a little bit. If you rush it, the balls won’t stay together well.
You’ll have to be patient. (Sigh) Good things come to those who wait.

While you wait, here’s a quick tip: The recipe only called for 1/4 cup of pumpkin, which meant quite a bit of leftover pumpkin. I anticipate using the rest in the near future, so I dumped it in a piece of tupperware. I like to label all my leftovers with the date with a wet erase marker.

tupperware tip

I love wet erase markers because they are like washable sharpies. The writing will stay until it is wiped away in the dishwasher or with a wet cloth. We use them not only for leftovers, but also on our plastic storage bins in the garage. Or really anything that we want labeled temporarily.

  • 2 hours later: Using a heaping teaspoon measurement, roll the pumpkin mixture into balls.
  • Melt your choice of white or dark chocolate chips. The original recipe calls for just white, but I wanted to try both. If you want to use both, melt them separately.
  • Drop the balls into the melted chocolate to coat, then transfer to a cookie sheet covered with wax paper. Sprinkle with crumbs or drizzle with extra chocolate for garnish.
    • Hint: I found the white chocolate to be a little harder to work with. It has a thicker consistency, so it doesn’t coat as smoothly. If you are a fan of white chocolate, go for it, but if you don’t have a preference, I’d suggest the dark chocolate.

  • Once all the balls are coated, chill for another hour until set.

Waiting again.

  • An hour later:
pcc truffles finished 4

Yummy.


After tasting both, I like the dark chocolate the best. The filling is relatively rich, so the less sweet chocolate is a nice complement.

These definitely will make an appearance again around the holidays.

Enjoy!


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12 comments:

  1. I found your blog yesterday through Nester's 31 day--I just love your blog! -My goodness your pictures are gorgeous, your tutorials are easy with a hint of humor "-) I am certainly going to try these -I'll have to let you know how they turn out ! -Oh and I will be using dark chocolate :-)

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  2. These look great. Now, what can I make them for?

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  3. MMMM - looks amazing!!! I'm going to have to make some!!

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  4. Oh this look simply Delectable! Thank you so much for the recipe! Will share. :)

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  5. Thanks! I'm glad I could be helpful!

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  6. They are amazing . . . and I might have not shared any of mine at all either. . . :)

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  7. Yes, pumpkin and chocolate are amazing together. My mom has made this delicious pumpkin cheesecake for a few years that I love. These truffles taste similar, but are so much easier to make! (and to eat!)

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  8. Can't wait to try these!
    I make Oreo & cake pops often, 1-2 TBS. of shortening helps tremendously when working with the chocolate for dipping.

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  9. Found you through CSI! These look tasty. I like the idea of real pumpkin puree in the filling!

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  10. Hi, there! You've got so much creativity and I'm admiring them all. May I invite you to join me, too, at my Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

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  11. Oh my, these look amazing and can I just say- your photography is stunning!

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  12. Oh, sweet goodness! You are a girl after my own heart! I, too, had just a little pumpkin left over from making my fall food and I love your dating idea...I should probably get in a habit of doing that!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! :)

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