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Rich and decadent chocolate pumpkin truffles combine fudgy ganache and pumpkin spice for the perfect easy fall dessert. Whip up a batch for the adults, but hide them from the kids because everyone loves them!

top view of pumpkin spice truffles lined up

It’s true of every holiday, but especially of Halloween: it really is the candy holiday! I couldn’t let spooky season come and go without making some kind of festive 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!).

But not all candy is created equal.

halloween pumpkin truffles with bite taken from one to show chocolate inside

Instead of the sugar coma-inducing candy that has only one flavor (sweet!), let’s make a grown-up candy.

This chocolate pumpkin spice truffle 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 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!

easy pumpkin truffles with halloween sprinkles on wooden table

The Best Easy Pumpkin Truffles Recipe

Ingredients in Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Truffles

In this section I explain the ingredients and give substitution ideas. For the full recipe (including ingredient amounts), see the recipe card below.

  • Unsweetened canned pumpkin puree – not pumpkin pie filling
  • Heavy whipping cream – make sure you don’t get light cream or half and half here; we need heavy whipping cream to make sure these truffles set properly
  • Butter – for richness, and to help our chocolate truffles set with the perfect fudgy ganache-like texture
  • Light brown sugar – pairs really well with pumpkin for a touch of sweetness and a hint of molasses flavor
  • Pumpkin pie spice – store-bought pumpkin pie spice mix is usually a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice
  • Sea salt – salt is a natural flavor enhancer that helps create a balanced flavor profile
  • Vanilla – for flavor and aroma
  • Semisweet chocolate chips – or bittersweet chocolate chips if you prefer
pumpkin truffles partially rolled in orange and black sprinkles

Topping Ideas for Pumpkin Truffles

There are so many different things you can use to coat pumpkin truffles! Here are a few ideas:

  • Sprinkles
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Chopped nuts
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Crushed graham crackers

How to Make Pumpkin Spice Truffles

making chocolate pumpkin spice truffles

Step 1: Make the Pumpkin Ganache

Add the pumpkin, cream, butter, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and salt to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, and then cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. (You can turn the heat down slightly if it starts boiling too vigorously.)

Stir in the vanilla, and then remove from the heat. Add the chocolate chips, let it sit for 2 minutes without stirring, and then stir gently until all the chocolate is melted.

Step 2: Chill

Transfer the mixture to a bowl and cool to room temperature. Cover the bowl and refrigerate to chill (the mixture will set as it chills), about 4 hours.

Step 3: Scoop and Roll

Use a 1-tablespoon scoop to measure out the truffle mixture. Roll them into balls, and roll each ball in any toppings you like.

Serve.

rolling pumpkin truffles in orange and black sprinkles
Rolling pumpkin truffles in Halloween jimmies.
rolling pumpkin truffle in cocoa powder
Rolling pumpkin truffles in cocoa powder.

Variations on This Recipe

  • Chocolate – Instead of semisweet chocolate chips, you can use any type of chocolate chips you like. I prefer chocolate on the darker side (which is less sweet and more bitter), so bittersweet chocolate chips are my favorite here. Or if you like white chocolate, feel free to use white chocolate chips (white chocolate is sweeter, so you can omit the brown sugar if you do).
  • Toppings – You can really get creative with the truffle coatings here. You could even coat them in melted chocolate and decorate the tops with sprinkles or finely chopped nuts for an elegant look.

Storage

Store these no bake pumpkin truffles in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

These are the fall perfect treat to have on hand in October when friends unexpectedly pop by! Feed them candy, lol.

close up front view of pumpkin truffle on wooden table

Homemade Pumpkin Truffles FAQs

What is a Truffle?

That question depends on whether you’re talking about dessert or fungi.

Here, let’s tackle dessert truffles.

Chocolate truffles are typically made of chocolate ganache, which is a mixture of chocolate and cream. Once the ganache sets (i.e., cools), truffles are frequently coated in cocoa powder, melted chocolate, chopped nuts, etc.

What Type of Chocolate is Best for Truffles?

For this recipe I recommend semisweet chocolate, or bittersweet chocolate if you prefer the flavor of dark chocolate.

Also, note that you don’t have to use chocolate bars to make truffles. I find that good quality chocolate chips (such as Ghirardelli, Guittard, Pascha, etc.) work well here.

More Pumpkin Desserts to Make

chocolate pumpkin spice truffles on wooden table

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Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles Recipe

Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Other Time4 hours
Yields: 14 servings
Rich and decadent chocolate pumpkin truffles combine fudgy ganache and pumpkin spice for the perfect fall dessert.

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Ingredients
 

Optional Topping Ideas:

Instructions
 

  • Add the pumpkin, cream, butter, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and salt to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, and then cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. (You can turn the heat down slightly if it starts boiling too vigorously.)
  • Stir in the vanilla, and then remove from the heat. Add the chocolate chips, let it sit for 2 minutes without stirring, and then stir gently until all the chocolate is melted.
  • Transfer the mixture to a bowl and cool to room temperature. Cover the bowl and refrigerate to chill (the mixture will set as it chills), about 4 hours.
  • Use a 1-tablespoon scoop to measure out the truffle mixture. Roll them into balls, and roll each ball in any toppings you like.
  • Serve.

Notes

  • Storage: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  • Recipe Yield and Serving Size: This recipe makes 28 truffles (using a 1-tablespoon scoop), which is 14 servings with 2 truffles per serving.
  • Nutrition Information: The nutritional information for this recipe was calculated without the optional topping ideas.
  • Halloween Sprinkles: These are the Halloween sprinkles I used (available on Amazon).

Nutrition

Serving: 2truffles | Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1524IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles, Halloween Truffles, Pumpkin Spice Truffles, Pumpkin Truffles, Pumpkin Truffles Recipe

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This post was first published on An Edible Mosaic on October 28, 2009, and updated on October 11, 2023.

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35 Comments

  1. I am researching what kind of truffles I am gonna make for the holidays….found this pic on TasteSpotting…..Love this recipe! Girl, you are good, such an inspiration!

  2. 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!

    1. Veronica, I’m so glad you liked the truffles! Yours came out really gorgeous! :)

  3. 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.

  4. Thanks for your help!

  5. 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.

    1. 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!

  6. 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!
    ~ingrid

  7. mmmm…truffles..aside from looking really delicious they are cute too!

  8. You are just rockin’ the house with these fabulous truffles! The one with the sprinkles is my total favorite! It’s so darn cute! I’ll take about 20 or so!!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. YUMMY!!! Thanks so much for the delicious looking truffle recipe!

  12. Very colorful truffles indeed! I am the one that would most probably shamefully come to your door for this treat every time until you have to chase me away!

  13. My favorite Disney movie was Sleeping Beauty. :) Little Mermaid was a top 2nd.

    Do my pumpkin bars today count for Halloween?

    1. 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. ;)

  14. Awesome! I’ll be interested to see what our dear fellow bloggers come up with.

  15. truffle is something my daughter adores!! look soo pretty!!

  16. wow. these pictures are amazing.I just found your blog and am super excited! can’t wait formore!!

  17. Ugh I love this time of year–all I want is candy!!

  18. Karyn Bernard (French Charming) says:

    Spiced Pumpkin & Dark Chocolate Truffles that sounds fabulous and yours look divine!

    Thank you so much sweet friend for your kind words and well wishes!

    Love and hugs,
    Karyn

  19. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie says:

    Those truffles sound awesome with pumpkin, would love to make them! Submitted my link for you!

  20. My family at home will surely to grab this first before you put it in the fridge.

  21. 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!

  22. Pumpkin and dark chocolate – genius! These look amazing!

  23. I’m soooo going to make this truffles on Saturday. Yum.

  24. 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.)

  25. 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!

  26. Heavenly Housewife says:

    These look fantastic, I love how you did the really colourful one :)

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