Easy Thanksgiving Dessert: No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Truffles


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Pumpkin pie truffles recipe by southern blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante

Even for the most strong-willed dieters, avoiding sweets around the holidays is tough. I mean, pumpkin pie is an inherent American right. Kyle and I are trying to eat healthier, so I wanted to find the perfect bite-sized pumpkin dessert that would A. taste like pumpkin pie and B. avoid the use of an oven. I’m getting more and more confident in the kitchen, but when it comes to holiday desserts (basically whenever anyone other than Kyle is subjected to my food), I tend to take fewer risks. I came across these no-bake pumpkin pie truffles on Facebook, and my mouth started watering. I immediately snagged the recipe from Popsugar Food and decided to give this no-bake pumpkin dessert a try!

I’m not exaggerating when I say that this is one of the best no-bake pumpkin desserts I’ve ever tasted. It’s probably one of the best regular desserts I’ve ever eaten, too. Keep reading for the full recipe, including a few tips and tricks for making no-bake truffles. There’s also a recipe card below that you can save/share/print for safekeeping.

Easy No-Bake Pumpkin Dessert: Pumpkin Pie Truffles

Southern lifestyle blogger Stephanie Ziajka shares her favorite no bake pumpkin dessert on Diary of a Debutante

Ingredients

Seriously, why bother baking a pie when you can make these delicious pumpkin pie truffles instead? There’s absolutely baking required– and they’re guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser at your next tailgate, fall party, and post Thanksgiving dinner! Here’s everything you’ll need to make a batch of fourteen no-bake truffles (serves 6-8)– 

  • 10 full graham crackers
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • White almond bark

Pumpkin Truffles Recipe

Pumpkin pie truffle recipe by southern lifestyle blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante

One of my favorite things about fall? The food– specifically the dessert. I love pumpkin pie, nutmeg, spices– the whole shebang, which is probably why this no-bake pumpkin dessert has always been (and probably will continue to be) my favorite fall dessert of all time. The recipe’s super easy to follow, too, and even if you “mess up” aesthetically, I promise the truffles themselves will still taste absolutely delicious.

So let’s just jump right in! To start, put the graham crackers in a food processor and pulse them into a fine crumb. Place all the crumbs in a bowl and set aside for later. 

Next, combine the cream cheese, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice in the same food processor. Process until smooth. Then, leaving behind one to two tablespoons for dusting, add the graham cracker crumbs back into the food processor. Continue mixing until everything’s combined.

Step one of southern lifestyle blogger Stephanie Ziajka's pumpkin truffles recipe on Diary of a DebutanteStep two of southern lifestyle blogger Stephanie Ziajka's no bake truffles recipe on Diary of a Debutante

Next, transfer the mixture into a bowl. Place the entire bowl in freezer for 15-20 minutes or until the mixture is no longer sticky.

Once the stickiness is under control, remove the bowl from the freezer. Then, while the mixture’s still cold, roll the mixture into one-inch balls. For reference, you should have enough to make at least fourteen truffles. Place each truffle on wax paper (I like to layer it on top of a baking sheet) and freeze for two hours or longer. It’s super important that you wait until they’re sufficiently chilled to handle the truffles, otherwise the pumpkin mixture will lose all malleability. In other words, if you take them out of the freezer too early, they’ll stick to your hands like clay.

Southern lifestyle blogger Stephanie Ziajka shares one of her favorite no bake pumpkin recipes for fall on Diary of a Debutante

After the truffles are sufficiently chilled, place the almond bark in a microwave-safe bowl and melt it in the microwave. If you don’t have almond bark, melting wafers and chocolate chips work fine, too. They all have different microwave melting instrucitons, though, so follow whatever’s on the package. Then, using a spoon, dip each truffle into the melted almond bark one at a time to evenly coat. Set on wax paper to harden.

White almond bark used in one of southern lifestyle blogger Stephanie Ziajka's no bake dessert recipes on Diary of a Debutante

If the white coating looks too translucent, dip the truffles a second time. Trust me, no one will complain about twice-dipped chocolate truffles. 

Melted white almond bark used in one of southern lifestyle blogger Stephanie Ziajka's no bake pumpkin dessert recipes on Diary of a Debutante

Finally, while the truffles are still wet, sprinkle a mixture of cinnamon and remaining graham cracker crumbs on top. Allow the truffles to sufficiently harden on wax paper before serving– and enjoy!

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These pumpkin pie truffles are guaranteed to be a huge crowd favorite. Bring them to Thanksgiving dinner or your next tailgate or fall party! I like to serve mine on pretty decorative trays like this one, but any plate or board will do. 

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    Also, as delicious as they are, one of my favorite things about this no-bake pumpkin dessert is that it’s great for gifting, too. Just wrap the truffles in wax paper, put them in a cute box or tin, and gift away! Another option is to buy a cheap cupcake stand and wrap them in saran wrap. Either way, my only caveat is to avoid heat… these guys can get really messy really quick. 

    No bake fall desert by southern blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante Bite-sized pumpkin truffles by southern blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante

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    No Bake Pumpkin Pie Truffles

    Why bother baking a pie when you can make these delicious bite-sized pumpkin pie truffles instead? There’s no baking required, and they’re a huge hit at tailgates, fall parties, and Thanksgiving dinners!

    • Prep Time: 30 minutes
    • Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
    • Total Time: 3 hours
    • Yield: 14 1x
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    Ingredients

    • 10 full graham crackers
    • 3 ounces cream cheese
    • 1/2 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
    • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • White almond bark

    Instructions

    1. Pulse graham crackers in a food processor into a fine crumb. Place in a bowl and set aside.
    2. Combine cream cheese, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice in the same food processor. Process until smooth. Leaving behind 1-2 tablespoons for dusting, add the graham cracker crumbs back into the food processor. Continue mixing until combined.
    3. Transfer mixture into a bowl. Place in freezer for 15-20 minutes or until mixture is no longer sticky.
    4. While the mixture is cold, roll into 1-inch balls. Place on wax paper. Freeze truffles for two hours or longer.
    5. After truffles are sufficiently chilled, melt the almond bark in the microwave. Using a spoon, dip each truffle one at a time in the almond bark to evenly coat. Set on wax paper to harden.
    6. If the white coating is looking translucent, dip the truffles a second time.
    7. While the truffles are still wet, sprinkle the top with a mixture of cinnamon and remaining graham cracker crumbs.
    8. Let truffles harden before serving.

    Notes

    • It’s VERY important to only handle truffles when they’re sufficiently chilled. Otherwise, the pumpkin mixture will lose all malleability and will stick to your hands like clay.

    Nutrition

    • Serving Size: 2 truffles
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    If you love no bake holiday desserts, you’ll also love these white peppermint oreo truffles. What’s your favorite no bake pumpkin dessert? I’d love to hear (and try) it!

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    8 thoughts on “Easy Thanksgiving Dessert: No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Truffles

    1. Autumn

      I’m currently making them and the pumpkin purée mixture will not harden in the freezer and I did exactly as the recipe said. Did you experience this as well?

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      1. Stephanie Ziajka Post author

        Yes! I had the exact same issue. The original recipe says to put in the fridge, but that DEFINITELY didn’t work for me. That’s why I advise to put in the freezer. Keep in mind that the mixture doesn’t need to completely harden… it just needs to be cold enough to not stick to your fingers. Try leaving it in an extra few minutes.

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