All Through the Year Cheer Halloween Recipe Submissions & Recipe For Spiced Pumpkin & Dark Chocolate Truffles

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Brandy and I are very excited…it’s time to submit your Halloween recipes for All Through the Year Cheer!  Your recipe can be for anything that says Halloween to you.  You can either enter the link to your recipe in the MckLinky list below, or email your recipe to me at (deadline to enter is 9PM EST on Oct. 29).  On October 30, I’ll post a round-up and announce the winner, who will receive a prize (the prize was announced here).  Brandy and I can’t wait to see what all of you came up with for Halloween!


And speaking of Halloween, I couldn’t let this holiday come and go without making some kind of candy.  For me, Halloween evokes images of jack o’ lanterns, ghosts, witches, and last but not least, candy (because of my childhood trick-or-treating days!).  This candy is loved by kids and adults alike, and if I had to label a certain flavor as depicting Halloween, these truffles would be it.  With their warm spices, pumpkin, and dark chocolate all you need is a crackling fire, a good book, and a hot mug of pumpkin spice tea for the perfect fall evening!


Spiced Pumpkin & Dark Chocolate Truffles


(Yield:  about 22 truffles)


½ c unsweetened pumpkin puree

2 TB brown sugar

½ tsp pumpkin pie spice

½ c cream

8 oz good quality dark chocolate chips (about 1 1/3 c)

1 TB butter, at room temperature

1 TB pure vanilla extract

Toppings of your choice, such as cocoa powder, chopped nuts, decorative sprinkles/jimmies, powdered sugar, etc.


In a small pot, combine the pumpkin, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice; cook on medium-low heat for 5-10 minutes until the mixture is thickened and reduced by about half.


Place the chocolate in a non-reactive bowl (such as glass or stainless steel).  In a separate small pan, heat the cream until it boils, then pour it over the chocolate.  Let it sit for about 3 minutes, then stir the cream/chocolate mixture.  Gently whisk in the reduced pumpkin mixture, then whisk in the butter and vanilla.  Refrigerate until chilled.


Use a tablespoon to scoop out the truffles, then roll each truffle in the topping of your choice.  Keep refrigerated.   


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  1. says

    The autumn rainbow-sprinkled one is my favorite! But my favorite part? Your recipe has is easy to halve (but why would we want to do that?)–no crazy fractions!

  2. says

    Pumpkin and chocolate? Now that’s an interesting combination! I think I like it! (Going to have to try to be certain, but I never met a truffle of any kind I didn’t like.)

  3. says

    I seriously need to stop reading so many food blogs before I short out my computer from all the drool! These are seriously mouth-watering!

    • admin says

      Blond Duck, Sleeping Beauty was my 2nd fav and the Little Mermaid my 1st! :) We are peas of a pod. Your gorgeous pumpkin bars definitely count! Your recipe can be for anything that says Halloween to you. ;)

  4. says

    These are so pretty and festive! I bet they are delicious! I’ve never had dark chocolate with pumpkin. I’ve been seeing the combo a lot – and really need to try it.

  5. says

    I think these will make a fabulous gift for a friend who lives out of state–I plan on making some and mailing them to her! Sounds wonderful and she loves both chocolate and esp pumpkin.

  6. says

    I’m gonna try and sneak in a batch of these for a Halloween party tomorrow night! Wish me luck…otherwise I’m going empty handed!

    Happy Friday!

  7. says

    Shoot, I didn’t notice it said to keep them refrigerated. Will they get too soft if left out? I wanted to ship some and it will be several days in transit, up to a week before she recieves them.

    • admin says

      Veronica, Yeah, they could get too soft if it’s too hot out. They typically hold up ok at room temperature (about 70F), but I suggest refrigerating them mostly because of the cream. I don’t know how much extra it costs, but I know you can have things shipped in a refrigerated environment. Or depending on how far you’re shipping, a cold pack packed on top of the truffles might even work. Good luck, I hope this helps!

  8. says

    Whoops, I forgot to tell you–I made these a few weeks ago! They were great! My husband took the bulk of them to a potluck and recieved many a “ooh” and “ahhhh.” Thanks for sharing.

  9. says

    Thought it would tickle you to know that I just got an order for 2 dozen of these truffles! One of the guys at the potluck brought some home to his wife and she loved them and contacted me to supply some for a party she’s having. Woot woot!

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