Thursday, November 17, 2011

Recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffles

When I found out the Improv Cooking Challenge this month was pumpkin and cream cheese, I couldn't wait to play around with the combination.  I thought about making some muffins or maybe some pumpkin cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting.  But what really sounded good to me was a pumpkin cheesecake, but I didn't really have time this month to devote to making a good and proper cheesecake.  It came to me one day, that I could make truffles with a pumpkin cheesecake inside.  Now, I have never in my life made a truffle, but have wanted to for some time.  I searched through some blogs for a recipe but all of them required making a cheesecake first which I just couldn't do.  So, I played around with the ingredients one day and I think that I came up with a pretty good "faux" cheesecake center that requires no baking.  I had several people try them and everyone enjoyed them.  I love it when a plan comes together!  


Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffles
by Wende Rickett/The Rickett Chronicles
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup crushed shortbread cookies
  • 1/2 cup crushed graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 10 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • white candy coating

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients except for the candy coating.
  2. Mix until smooth.
  3. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  4. Scoop mixture by the tablespoon and roll into a ball form. I actually used a cookie scoop.
  5. Place the balls on a parchment or wax paper lined cookie sheet and place back in the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours or longer. The balls will still be somewhat soft but should hold their shape. You could also freeze them for a hour if you want them to be more firm when you are dipping them in the chocolate.
  6. Melt candy coating according to the package directions.
  7. Dip each ball into the chocolate working quickly and place back on the lined cookie sheet.
  8. You can drizzle a little chocolate on any "bald" spots.
  9. Place them back into the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
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  1. These look fantastic! Would love to see you share them at my Pin'Inspiration party today. Hope to see you there.

  2. That's an amazing idea! They would make such a great gift all wrapped up in a pretty little box too!

  3. If I give your my address can you send some over? hehe

  4. Hello from a fellow Improv Challenger! I can't wait to try these! They may be my afternoon's project :)

  5. Hello fellow Improv Blogger. What a wonderfuf idea. You have such great pictures. The truffles look delicious. Come visit. We have pumpkin velvet cake.

  6. wow thse look absolutely amazing. i love this month's ingredients for the coking challenge. im glad someone picked up after sheryl left, it was so much to participate in last month. see you next month!

  7. I am drooling, they look so delicious and beautiful! Great idea!

  8. Oh my word, I need a few of these now...delicious looking.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Improv Cooking Challenge recipe: Praline Pumpkin Cheesecake.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  9. OOH! I might just have to make these. Yummy!

  10. Oh, that looks devine! Very yummy! Thank you for sharing!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie this week! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  11. Hi! I'm a fellow Challenge Participant and wanted to let you know that I added your recipe to my Fun Friday Finds Improv Edition. I hope you can stop by.

  12. I like this idea! I didn't know you were also participating. These two ingredients were pretty easy... I'm not so sure about eggnog & cranberries next month!

  13. Hi, Wende. Thanks for visiting my blog. You have a GREAT recipe here! I have a Must Try Mondays link party if you want to come over and link. It's open all week. Hope to see you there!

  14. This was the most popular of all the Improv recipes this month (at least as recorded from the link stats). I must say, pumpkin cheesecake truffles sounds incredible and they look divine!

  15. Those look divine! Thank you for checking out my recipe! And I love find other Mommy Bloggers in Texas!! I am down in San Antonio!!

  16. These look incredible! Thanks so much for linking up at Sweeet Temptations! Have a great weekend!

  17. These truffles look wonderful!! I'm a huge pumpkin freak so I can't wait to try them! Thanks for the recipe! Now following! Have a great day! Allison @

  18. These look really yummy! Thank you for the shout out! Love that! Your blog is really nice. Very delicious recipes posted! Enjoy your day1

  19. Hey! Great Thanksgiving treat!
    Come to A Themed Baker's Sunday where this week's theme is Thanksgiving treats. Be sure to vote on the side bar for next week's theme as well! Happy Holidays!

    Cupcake Apothecary

  20. These make me so happy! They are so pretty and look very impressive while not requiring too much work. I'll definitely be making these soon! Oh, and I love your photo.

  21. These look and sound so amazing!! I hope that I can make them look as good as yours!! Thanks for linking them up with us and sharing!

  22. Hi Wende, wanted to let you know that I'm featuring your Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffles that you linked up to Project Queen this past week. They look soooo good!

    Thank you for linking up and I hope you come back and share again. I should have the post up tonight or tomorrow morning.


  23. just a note to let you know
    that i am featuring your truffles
    on this week's fridays unfolded.

    happy Thanksgiving!


  24. Yum! I bet these are good! Thanks for linking up with me! I'm featuring you this week!

  25. Hmm.. Delicious!! :)
    I just wanted to let you know that you've been featured at this week's {nifty thrifty sunday}! Thank you so much for linking up!
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

  26. oh yum these look fantastic! and i don't care the holiday season is over i could eat pumpkin anything anytime during the year

  27. I saw these on Pinterest and they LOOK so amazing! :D Great job!
    If you get the chance look up my pumpkin cake in a cup on my blog :)