It's definitely fall around here despite the fact it isn't "officially" autumn according to the dates. The leaves are changing, it's dark later in the morning and we've had to start closing our bedroom window at night because it's just too cold! I've been digging into my tea stash for the chilly mornings and loving every minute of it.
I'm going to confess something to you all: I don't like pumpkin anything. It's true. I'm not a fan of pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, even the highly loved Pumpkin Spice Latte. Try not to hate on me. I promise I'm normal.
Despite my ambivalence for pumpkin foods, I came up with my own version of a Pumpkin Truffle for you guys. I did taste test these and had the hubs taste them too, to make sure they weren't totally terrible.
If you like pumpkin pie, these little bites are a perfect decadent treat. They are also super easy and fast - these would be great to put together if you're in a pinch. They would also be perfect for getting little ones involved as it's all mixing & no heat. I froze these after I made them and plan to take them to my dad's this weekend for a family get together.
Makes 24 1-tbsp truffles
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup icing sugar
1/2 cup cream cheese
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate
2 tbsp milk or cream
Combine pumpkin puree, icing sugar, cream cheese, graham cracker crumbs and spices. Mix until well combined and sticks together like a cookie dough.
Roll into 1 tbsp balls. You really don't want them any bigger because they are rich!
Chill until firm.
Melt chocolate with milk in microwave on 15 second intervals until the chocolate is melted.
Note: I used dark chocolate that was 50% cacao - it's a pretty strong flavour, so I would recommend semi-sweet unless you're a dark chocolate lover.
Dip the chilled truffles into the dark chocolate and coat entirely. Place on greased cookie sheet or I used a piece of wax paper that I sprayed with some Pam.
Chill until the chocolate is firm.
Then stuff your face with them! Or maybe not, these little dudes are pretty rich & intense. So maybe just have a couple (or 10).
*Update: I'm sharing this recipe over at Truly Lovely for their Pumpkin Week! Go check it out for more pumpkin recipes, crafts, activities, etc!*