Luckily you have the choice of buying or making them. They're easy to make, but I am also quite fond of See's Candies Pumpkin Pie Truffle. Other premium Pumpkin Truffles are delicate with a combination of burnt caramel (Socola Chocolates Pumpkin Burnt Caramel Chocolate Truffles) or smooth 'unrobed' Pumpkin Spice Milk Chocolate Truffles from Neo Cocoa. Check out your local chocolatier for seasonal Pumpkin Truffles or scroll down for some favorites at the end of this post. Get your order in quickly, though, before they run out.
***I always have 'natural' pumpkin in the cupboard. Besides using it for pies, truffles and cakes, it's great for doggie upset stomachs. I also have Libby's pumpkin puree because I grew up with it, and sometimes it's just what I want. I'm not much for making my own pumpkin puree.
Truffles are simple to make. The first recipe is from FoodNetwork for Easy Pumpkin Truffles. They are just that--easy and delicious. The second recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffles is adapted from a recipe from Kraft. And, in case you want to experiment, I've added links to other Pumpkin Truffle and Pumpkin Pie Truffle recipes.
1. Easy Pumpkin Truffles
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground gloves
2 cups cream
1 pound dark chocolate, finely chopped
1 ounce unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup Grand Marnier
|See's Pumpkin Pie Truffles|
3 ounces cocoa powder
In medium saucepan over low heat, combine pumpkin, brown sugar, and spices. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, or until mixture reduces by half and pumpkin looks dry. Set aside.
In medium saucepan over high heat, add cream. When cream boils, take off heat.
In heatproof medium bowl, add chocolate and hot cream. Let mixture sit for minute, then slowly begin to stir, starting in center of bowl and working outwards.
Once chocolate and cream are evenly mixed, add pumpkin mixture and whisk to combine.
Add butter (and liqueur, if using) and whisk.
Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled.
On parchment-lined cookie sheet, scoop mixture into small balls using melon baller.
Place in refrigerator for 1 hour, or until chilled.
Remove truffles from refrigerator and dip each in melted chocolate.
Roll in cocoa powder and serve.
2. Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffles
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, divided
8 ounces Bittersweet Chocolate, broken into small pieces
Beat cream cheese in large bowl with mixer until creamy. Add graham crumbs, sugar, and 3/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice; mix well.
Scoop cream cheese mixture into 22 (1-inch) balls, using about 1 Tbsp cream cheese mixture for each ball. Place on waxed paper-covered baking sheet. Freeze 10 min.
Melt chocolate. Dip cream cheese balls, 1 at a time, into melted chocolate, turning until evenly coated with chocolate. Return to baking sheet; sprinkle with remaining pumpkin pie spice.
Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
Other fun Pumpkin Truffle Recipes to check out:
Pumpkin Pie Truffles from Cake, Batter, and Bowl: Robed in orange white chocolate with insides of dark chocolate pumpkin ganache. Love the walnut half as a pumpkin stem.
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Truffles from The Yummy Mummy: White chocolate, gingersnaps, cream cheese and more. What's not to love?
Pumpkin Pie Truffles from Shugarysweets: Pumpkin-y centers robed in white chocolate.
Pumpkin Truffles from Cara's Cravings. Yum!
Pumpkin Spice Truffles from Elizabeth LaBau at about.com (these look like little pumpkins!)
Pumpkin Pie Oreo Truffles from WillBakefor Books
No time to make Truffles? Try these fabulous Pumpkin Truffles:
Socola: Pumpkin Burnt Caramel Chocolate Truffles: A rich blend of pumpkin pie spices, burnt caramel, Hawaiian sea salt and a splash of brandy.
Neo Cocoa: Pumpkin Spice Milk Chocolate Truffles. Infused with classic blend of spices traditionally used in making pumpkin pie. I love these smooth ganache shell-less truffles.
Coco Delice Pumpkin Spice Chocolates: Made with a ganache of white chocolate, pumpkin puree, and seasonal spices, enrobed in dark chocolate.
Godiva: Pumpkin Patch Truffles filled with creamy pumpkin-spice ganache and enrobed in milk chocolate.
See's Pumpkin Pie Truffles: Sweet spicy flavors of cinnamon and allspice combine with the rich mellowness of real pumpkin in these one-of-a-kind Truffles. Enrobed in See's traditional milk chocolate.
Seattle Chocolates Pumpkin Spice Truffles.
Godiva. Pumpkin Spice Truffle
What's your favorite?