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These pumpkin balls are bite-sized treats that taste like a cross between pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake. They’re super easy to make; no baking needed!
Let the good times roll this pumpkin season with these pumpkin balls.
Just combine everything in a bowl, roll the dough into balls, and coat the pumpkin truffles in white chocolate. It’s that simple!
You don’t need to turn on the oven to satisfy your cravings for pumpkin pie or cheesecake. This no bake pumpkin ball recipe combines the two desserts in one delicious treat you can hold between your fingers. 😋
What Are Pumpkin Balls?
Pumpkin balls, pumpkin bites, pumpkin truffles, mini pumpkin cheesecake, bite-sized pumpkin pies, or whatever you want to call these cute chocolate-covered treats, they’ll become one of your favorite fall desserts.
They’re made with real pumpkin puree! Mix that with pumpkin pie spice, cream cheese, sugar, and graham cracker crumbs, and you have yourself a “dough.”
But hold on; you don’t need to preheat the oven for these bites of pumpkin heaven!
Just let the dough chill in the fridge, then roll away. I’m sure you’ll love this part of the recipe.
Oh, and I’m not sugarcoating how easy it is to make these pumpkin truffles. The only coating here is made from white chocolate.
It makes the balls better if that’s even possible.
Why You’ll Love This Easy No-Bake Pumpkin Ball Recipe
- Easy Indulgence: These chocolate-dipped pumpkin truffles will satisfy your cravings for pumpkin pie and love for cheesecake without the hassle of baking. Just mix, roll, chill, and coat!
- Grab And Go Delights: If you need a quick sugar fix, these portable delights got you! They’re the perfect snacks when you just want to eat with your hands.
- Perfect For Hosting: Pumpkin balls are essentially pre-portioned desserts, so they’re perfect for parties and gifts. You can even make them ahead since they freeze well.
What Do No Bake Pumpkin Balls Taste Like?
These no bake pumpkin balls taste like rich, creamy cheesecake and spiced pumpkin pie filling. Full of warm spices and sweet pumpkin flavor, it’s like we take fall and shape it into a decadent ball.
You’ll get everything from sweet, tangy, and even “spicy” in one perfect sphere. So next time you want some pumpkin pie or can’t decide between a pie and a cheesecake, just make yourself these pumpkin bites.
Oh, and if you love the flavors in these chocolate-dipped pumpkin truffles, you might also like our pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting. They even have similar ingredients, so you can use leftovers from making pumpkin balls to bake these cookies.
Ingredients For Pumpkin Cheesecake Balls
- Cream cheese – Of course, these pumpkin balls can’t become pumpkin cheesecake balls without the sinfully rich cream cheese. (But hey, everything in moderation, right?)
- Powdered sugar – Helps fluff up and sweeten the cream cheese for the perfect cheesecake.
- Pumpkin puree – Both homemade and canned pumpkin puree works on these chocolate-dipped pumpkin truffles. Just make sure it’s not watery, or you won’t have a workable dough.
- Graham cracker crumbs – Feel free to use any cookie or cracker crumbs, but you can’t go wrong with the OG graham crackers for these pumpkin cheesecake bites. 😋
- Ground cinnamon – We’ll spice up our no bake pumpkin balls with ground cinnamon. You can also save some to sprinkle on the balls after coating them with chocolate.
- Pumpkin pie spice – If there’s a spice blend that captures the essence of fall perfectly, it’s pumpkin pie spice! This adds that familiar nutty, earthy taste we love in pumpkin pie.
- White chocolate chips – You can dunk your pumpkin balls in any chocolate of choice, but the milkiness of white chocolate, together with the sweetness of pumpkin and tanginess of cream cheese, is pure decadence.
- Coconut oil – Add a teaspoon or two to thin out your melted chocolate if needed.
- Pumpkin seeds – You can top your yummy bites of pumpkin pie with anything you like. I chose pumpkin seeds!
Tools Needed To Prepare Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites
- Stand mixer for mixing the dough
- Bowls for combining the ingredients
- Plastic wrap for covering the bowl
- Parchment paper for lining the baking sheet
- Baking sheet for the balls to set in
Ingredient Additions & Substitutions For Pumpkin Balls
Graham cracker substitute
If you don’t have graham crackers, try gingersnap cookies. You can also use the two together!
White chocolate chip substitutes
Before your chocolate coating sets, sprinkle your pumpkin bites with toppings. Some delicious ideas are chopped walnuts, pretzels, butterscotch chips, or a quick drizzle of orange candy melts to add a pop of color.
You can also make a quick salted caramel sauce!
How to Make No-Bake Pumpkin Balls
- 4 oz full-fat cream cheese, softened
- 2 tbsp powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 cups white chocolate chips
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- Pumpkin seeds for toppings
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STEP 1: Gather the ingredients for your pumpkin balls.
STEP 2: Beat cream cheese and sugar for 2 minutes or until light and creamy.
STEP 3: Add the pumpkin puree, graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Mix until combined
STEP 4: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let the cheesecake dough set for 30 minutes in the fridge.
STEP 5: Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
STEP 6: Roll the pumpkin cheesecake dough into balls. Place them on the lined baking sheet and refrigerate them for another 30 minutes.
STEP 7: For the coating, melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave at 30-second intervals until completely melted. Don’t forget to stir after each interval so the coating is nice and smooth.
STEP 8: Dip the pumpkin balls into the chocolate with a fork.
STEP 9: Sprinkle the pumpkin balls with pumpkin seeds and let them set in the fridge for 30 minutes or until the coating hardens before serving.
What To Serve With Chocolate-Dipped Pumpkin Truffles
Serve these no-bake pumpkin cheesecake bites with candied nuts for a crunchy contrast!
You can also enjoy them with your favorite fall beverage. 🍵
Have them with spiced apple cider, salted caramel hot chocolate, dirty chai latte, or hazelnut mocha to give you all the chill, autumnal vibes.
Throwing a party to get the cozy season in full swing? Prepare a dessert table with bite-sized treats that won’t require utensils to enjoy.
Tips About Making Pumpkin Balls
- You can also use whole graham crackers and make the crumbs yourself for these pumpkin cheesecake bites. If you don’t have a food processor, just place the crackers in a Ziploc bag and crush them with a rolling pin.
- If the dough feels too loose for rolling into pumpkin balls, add more crumbs and return it to the fridge to chill for 15 more minutes. It’s also important that your puree is not too watery, so if needed, drain the excess liquid before using it in the mixture.
- If your chocolate-dipped pumpkin truffles have bare spots, you can target them by carefully pouring melted chocolate on these areas with a spoon. It’s also easier to coat the pumpkin cheesecake balls if the melted chocolate is not too thick, so use a teaspoon of coconut oil to thin it out.
How To Store Pumpkin Cheesecake Balls
- Fridge: These no bake pumpkin balls are fantastic make-ahead desserts! You can keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for 5 days.
- Freezer: Want to have these pumpkin truffles ready in case you have people over? You can freeze them in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Just thaw them in the fridge before serving!
What Is Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix Made Of?
Pumpkin pie spice is made of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. There are also blends with allspice, cardamom, mace, and white pepper.
It’s up to you if you want to buy pumpkin pie spice or make the blend yourself. I think the latter is a great option if you already have a collection of spices at home because you can tweak the amount of each spice to your liking.
Speaking of homemade pumpkin pie spice, did you know you can also make pumpkin spice syrup? Once you taste this homemade pumpkin spice syrup, it’ll be hard to go back to store-bought.
Can I Use Pumpkin Pie Filling Instead of Pumpkin Puree For Pumpkin Balls?
Pumpkin pie filling has additional ingredients, so these pumpkin balls are best made with just pumpkin puree. We don’t want them to taste too sweet or have a confusing flavor.
If you opted to make the puree yourself, don’t discard the seeds! Roast them in the air fryer for a quick snack.
What Kind of Chocolate Is Best for Pumpkin Truffles?
You can use any melting chocolate to coat pumpkin spice truffles. White chocolate is an easy pick with pumpkin and warm spices, but you can also use milk or dark chocolate.
And if you’re intimidated by melting chocolate, try melting wafers, as they don’t require tempering.
FAQ About Pumpkin Pie Mixes And Purees
What can I do with leftover pumpkin pie mix?
You can use leftover pumpkin pie mix instead of pumpkin puree in some recipes. But since it’s sweeter and has additional flavors, you may need to remove or adjust the amount of spices and sugar in the recipe. Try it in pumpkin pancakes, bars, and cakes!
Is pumpkin puree the same as canned pumpkin?
It depends! Pumpkin puree can come in a can, but there are also canned pumpkin fillings. Make it a habit to read the can’s label before using it on your recipe.
Can I use homemade pumpkin puree for pumpkin balls?
Yes, but you might need to drain the excess liquid off the homemade pumpkin puree. Otherwise, the dough won’t be as easy to roll into balls because it won’t be thick enough.
- Gather the ingredients for your pumpkin balls.
- Beat cream cheese and sugar for 2 minutes or until light and creamy.
- Add the pumpkin puree, graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Mix until combined
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let the cheesecake dough set for 30 minutes in the fridge.
- Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Roll the pumpkin cheesecake dough into balls. Place them on the lined baking sheet and refrigerate them for another 30 minutes.
- For the coating, melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave at 30-second intervals until completely melted. Don't forget to stir after each interval so the coating is nice and smooth.
- Dip the pumpkin balls into the chocolate with a fork.
- Sprinkle the pumpkin balls with pumpkin seeds and let them set in the fridge for 30 minutes or until the coating hardens before serving.
- No graham cracker crumbs? No problem! Just place whole graham crackers inside a Ziploc bag and crush them with a rolling pin. You can also use a food processor.
- If the pumpkin cheesecake dough feels too loose to roll, add more cracker crumbs and place it back in the fridge for 15 minutes. I also recommend using canned pumpkin puree, as homemade pumpkin puree can be too watery for the dough. You can also drain the excess liquid from the puree before using it on the cheesecake mixture.
- Do not fret if your coated pumpkin balls have bare spots! Just carefully pour some melted chocolate on these spots with a spoon. And if your coating feels too thick, you can thin it out with a teaspoon of coconut oil.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 65Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 28mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g
* Please note that all nutrition information are just estimates. Values will vary among brands, so we encourage you to calculate these on your own for the most accurate results.
These pumpkin balls are the perfect treat if you want something portable but packed with cozy flavors.
Each pumpkin spice ball features the richness of cheesecake and the comforting combination of sweet pumpkin and warm spices in a pumpkin pie.
You don’t need to turn on the oven because this is a no bake pumpkin ball recipe! Just mix everything until you form a dough, roll it into balls, and coat them in melted white chocolate.
The only catch is the waiting time for the balls to set in the fridge. But once they’re ready, you’ll be tempted not to share these pumpkin bites.
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