These no-bake Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles are the ideal dessert to wrap up your holiday dinner. They're super easy to prepare, they require no baking, and they have just a tad bit of holiday-flavored liqueur to help end your night in style!
There's no better way to end a big Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving meal than with this perfect bite of dessert.
Looking for more truffle recipes? Try No-Bake Chocolate Truffles with Cookie Crumbs & Cream Cheese and Chocolate Truffles (with butter).
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No bake chocolate truffles
There's no doubt lots of preparation and planning and shopping and chopping and cooking go into putting together your holiday meal.
Whether it be Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, we tend to stress ourselves out with all the work that goes into these festive meals.
If your family is anything like mine, oven space is hard to come by when cooking or baking for the holidays.
These Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles are here to help save the day! They are made with few ingredients and do not require the use of your oven. And, the best part is, they are still rich and indulgent and full of holiday flavor.
Making Chocolate Truffles
To make these Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles, a simple ganache of hot cream and chopped chocolate is prepared. I have added pumpkin pie spice to the ganache to spice things up and bring all the flavors of the holidays to this chocolate dessert.
Once the chocolate ganache has come together, butter is added to create a rich and silky texture for these chocolate truffles. And last but certainly not least, a couple of tablespoons of pumpkin spice chocolate liqueur is added to elevate these truffles to a whole new level of holiday dessert gloriousness!
I used Mozart Chocolate Cream Pumpkin Spice liqueur. These truffles can easily be customized with other liqueur and spice pairings, too.
Tips for Making This Recipe
- These chocolate truffles are the perfect make-ahead dessert. The truffle mixture requires a few hours chilling time before they are scooped and rolled into individual bites. After the truffles are prepared, they can remain in the fridge for up to 3 days prior to serving. No need to stress about dessert the day of your holiday meal with these babies!
- This recipe makes about three dozen truffles. It can easily be cut in half if that makes way too much for your holiday guests. Or, package some up and give them as gifts. Chocolate truffles are impressive looking and seem super fancy so they make for great homemade, DIY food gifts for your friends, family and neighbors
- To reduce your active time preparing these truffles even more, look for pre-made chocolate shavings or chocolate curls. I found Nestle Chocolate Curls next to the chocolate chips in the baking aisle of my local grocery store. I also found Choco-Maker Chocolate Curls on Amazon as well. Amazon also sells a couple of great tools for grating chocolate like this one if you have a hard time finding pre-made chocolate curls
Useful Kitchen Tools for This Recipe
For more Thanksgiving / Friendsgiving and Holiday dessert recipes, check these out:
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 14 ounces semisweet chocolate baking bar chopped
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature, cubed
- 2 tablespoons Chocolate Cream Pumpkin Spice liqueur
- chocolate curls (such as Nestle) or semi-sweet chocolate baking bar, grated
- In a small saucepan set over low heat, warm the cream gently until small bubbles begin to form around the sides of the pan.
- Remove cream from the heat and add pumpkin pie spice and chopped chocolate, whisking until smooth.
- Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Stir in butter and liqueur.
- Cool to room temperature, then cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 3 days.
- Line a large baking sheet with wax paper then set aside.
- Scoop out a tablespoon sized round of the chilled truffle mixture and use your hands to shape into a ball.
- Roll the truffle in the grated chocolate or sprinkles, then transfer to the prepared baking sheet.
- Repeat until you've used all the chocolate truffle mixture. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Store the truffles in the fridge in a tightly sealed container for up to two weeks
- Recipe adapted from Baker By Nature