If you love pumpkin and truffles, you'll love this Brazilian-inspired Pumpkin Truffles Brigadeiro Recipe! Made with pumpkin puree, condensed milk, butter, and a hint of fall spices, then coated with unsweetened shredded coconut, it the perfect treat to make around the holidays!
- What are Pumpkin Truffles?
- Brief highlight of our Pumpkin Truffles recipe:
- Pumpkin Truffles Ingredients
- Tools you'll need
- How to Make Pumpkin Truffles
- How to Shape Pumpkin Truffles
- How to Serve
- How to Store & Re-Heat
- How to Freeze
- Tips for Making The Best Pumpkin Truffles
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What are Pumpkin Truffles?
Pumpkin truffles are small, delicious treats made by mixing pumpkin puree with graham cracker crumbs, spices, and other ingredients. The mixture is shaped into balls or other forms, coated with chocolate, cocoa powder, nuts, or coconut, and then chilled until firm. They're a tasty dessert, perfect for fall or any time of the year if you like pumpkin-flavored sweets.
Brief highlight of our Pumpkin Truffles recipe:
- Taste: These pumpkin truffles have a sweet and creamy flavor with a hint of pumpkin and warm spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Vanilla extract adds a subtle richness, while shredded coconut or sugar coating provides texture and sweetness.
- Texture: These truffles are smooth and creamy inside, with a slightly crunchy exterior when coated in shredded coconut or sugar.
- Method: The recipe simmers a mixture of sweetened condensed milk, pumpkin puree, butter, and spices until it thickens. After chilling, the mixture is rolled into bite-sized balls, coated, and garnished with cloves if desired.
Pumpkin Truffles Ingredients
Note: The full ingredients list is provided in the recipe card below.
- Sweetened condensed milk: This ingredient adds sweetness and creaminess to the truffles.
- Butter: The butter adds richness and helps bind the truffle mixture together.
- Canned pumpkin purée: This is the prominent flavor and ingredient in the truffles, giving them their distinct pumpkin flavor.
- Ground cloves: Cloves add a warm, spicy flavor to the truffles and complement the pumpkin.
- Ground cinnamon: Cinnamon adds a sweet and warming flavor to the truffles, enhancing the pumpkin flavor.
- Ground nutmeg: Nutmeg adds a nutty, warm flavor to the truffles and complements the other spices.
- Vanilla extract: This ingredient adds a subtle sweetness and enhances the flavors of the other ingredients.
- Unsweetened shredded coconut or granulated sugar: These garnishes add texture and sweetness to the truffles.
- Indian cloves (optional): These can be used as a decorative truffle topping.
Tools you'll need
How to Make Pumpkin Truffles
Note: The full instructions are provided in the recipe card below.
Combine the condensed milk, butter, pumpkin puree, and spices in a small saucepan. Place over medium heat and simmer, constantly stirring with a wooden spoon. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue stirring until the mixture thickens and, when stirred, pulls away from the bottom of the pan for about 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in the pure vanilla extract until combined. Remove the pumpkin truffle mixture from the heat and place the mixture in a light grease bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled through about 2 hours.
How to Shape Pumpkin Truffles
Lightly butter your hands. Using a tablespoon or small scoop, scoop some Brigadeiro mixture into your hands and roll it into a bite-size ball. Roll the Pumpkin truffles in the unsweetened shredded coconut and place it on a bonbon cup or plate. Continue with the remaining Pumpkin truffles. Top it with clove, if desired! Store the Pumpkin Truffles in the refrigerator until ready to serve or for up to a week. Enjoy.
- Sweetened condensed milk: If you prefer a dairy-free or vegan option, you can use a can of coconut condensed milk or a homemade alternative like almond milk condensed milk. Keep in mind that the flavor and consistency may vary slightly.
- Butter: To make the recipe dairy-free or vegan, you can substitute the butter with vegan butter or coconut oil. Use a variety with a similar texture and melting point to butter.
- Canned pumpkin puree: If you don't have canned pumpkin puree, you can make your own by roasting and pureeing fresh pumpkin. Alternatively, you can substitute butternut squash or sweet potato puree.
- Ground cloves, cinnamon, and ground nutmeg: These fall spices can be adjusted or substituted based on your preference. You can experiment with other spices like allspice or pumpkin pie spice blend. Just be mindful of the ratios and adjust according to taste.
- Unsweetened shredded coconut: If you're not a fan of shredded coconut, you can replace it with finely chopped nuts like almonds, pecans, or walnuts. Alternatively, you can use cocoa powder, powdered sugar, or sprinkles to coat the truffles.
- Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles: Add ¼ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder to the recipe for a chocolatey twist.
- Spicy Pumpkin Truffles: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or chili powder to the recipe to give the truffles a little heat.
- Nutty Pumpkin Truffles: Add chopped nuts such as pecans, walnuts, or almonds to the truffle mixture for a crunchy texture.
- Maple Pumpkin Truffles: Use maple syrup instead of vanilla extract for a sweet and rich flavor.
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffles: Mix cream cheese into the recipe for a creamier and tangy flavor.
- White Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles: Add melted white chocolate to the truffle mixture before rolling them in coconut for a decadent twist.
- Pumpkin Spice Latte Truffles: Add instant coffee powder to the recipe for a coffee flavor, and sprinkle the top with pumpkin spice seasoning.
How to Serve
Pumpkin Truffles are a delicious and festive treat for any fall or winter gathering. To serve, remove the truffles from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for a few minutes to soften slightly. You can then roll the truffles in shredded coconut or granulated sugar to add texture and sweetness. If desired, you can also top each truffle with an Indian clove for a decorative touch. These truffles make a great addition to any dessert table and will surely be a crowd-pleaser. Enjoy!
How to Store & Re-Heat
To store: Pumpkin Truffles Brigadeiro, place them in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to a week. If you're storing them longer, you can freeze them for up to a month. However, remember that the texture and flavor may change slightly after freezing.
To reheat: The truffles, remove them from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving. You can also microwave them for a few seconds to soften them if they are too hard. Be sure to microwave them in short intervals and stir in between to avoid overheating. Remember that these truffles are best served chilled, so you may not need to reheat them. Enjoy!
Pumpkin Truffles can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week, making them a convenient and stress-free dessert option for parties and gatherings. Once you have rolled the truffles into balls and coated them in shredded coconut or granulated sugar, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and refrigerate until firm.
Once the truffles have firmed up, transfer them to an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve. By making the truffles ahead, you can save time and ensure you have a delicious dessert whenever needed.
How to Freeze
Pumpkin Truffles are also a great dessert to freeze, allowing you to enjoy them later. To freeze, place the rolled truffles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and put them in the freezer until firm. Once the truffles are frozen, transfer them to an airtight container or freezer bag, and label it with the date.
When you are ready to serve, remove the truffles from the freezer and let them thaw in the refrigerator for a few hours before rolling them in shredded coconut or granulated sugar. Frozen truffles can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. By freezing the truffles, you can make them well in advance and have them on hand whenever needed.
Tips for Making The Best Pumpkin Truffles
- Use high-quality ingredients: Choose good-quality pumpkin puree, sweetened condensed milk, and butter to ensure a rich and delicious flavor.
- Chill the mixture before shaping: Chilling the truffle mixture for at least 2 hours before shaping it will make it easier to handle and shape into balls.
- Lightly butter your hands: Greasing your hands with a small amount of butter will prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands and make it easier to roll into balls.
- Roll the truffles evenly: When rolling them into balls, try to make them as uniform in size as possible to ensure they cook evenly and look neat.
- Be patient when cooking the mixture: Cooking it over low to medium heat and stirring constantly will ensure it thickens properly and does not burn.
- Experiment with coatings: Try different coatings such as chopped nuts, cocoa powder, or sprinkles to add variety to your truffles.
- Use a cookie scoop: A cookie scoop or small ice cream scoop to shape the truffles will ensure they are uniform and make the process faster.
My Brigadeiro mixture is too runny. What should I do?
If your mixture is too runny and not thickening properly, it may need more time on the heat. Continue simmering and stirring over low to medium heat, and it should gradually thicken. Be patient, as this can take some time.
The Brigadeiro mixture is too thick and hard to work with. How can I fix it?
If the mixture becomes too thick and difficult to roll into truffles, you can add a small amount of condensed milk to loosen it up. Heat it slightly and stir until you achieve the desired consistency.
The truffles are not holding their shape when I roll them. What can I do?
If the truffle mixture is not holding its shape when you roll it, it may still be too warm. Let it cool in the refrigerator for a bit longer to firm up before shaping. Additionally, you can lightly butter your hands or use a small amount of cooking oil to prevent sticking.
The truffles are too sticky and difficult to coat with coconut. What should I do?
If the truffles are too sticky, it might help to chill them for a bit longer in the refrigerator before coating them. Cold truffles are easier to handle and coat. You can also lightly grease your hands when rolling them to reduce stickiness.
The truffles have a grainy texture. How can I make them smoother?
A grainy texture can occur if the mixture is overheated or if the ingredients are not fully combined. Ensure to cook the mixture over low to medium heat and constantly stir to prevent overheating. Also, ensure that all the ingredients are well mixed before cooking.
Can I use fresh pumpkin instead of canned pumpkin puree?
Yes, you can use fresh pumpkin puree. Just make sure it's well-drained and has a similar consistency to canned pumpkin puree. You might need to adjust the cooking time slightly, as fresh pumpkin puree can have a higher water content.
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How to Make Pumpkin Truffles
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut or granulated sugar
- Indian cloves , optional
- Combine the condensed milk, butter, pumpkin puree, and spices in a small saucepan. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer, constantly stirring with a wooden spoon.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue stirring until the mixture thickens and, when stirred, pulls away from the bottom of the pan, about 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in the pure vanilla extract until combined.
- Remove the pumpkin truffle mixture from the heat and place the mixture in a light grease bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled all the way through, about 2 hours.
How to Shape Pumpkin Truffles
- Lightly butter your hands. Using a tablespoon or small scoop, scoop some Brigadeiro mixture into your hands and roll it into a bite-size ball. Roll the Pumpkin truffles in the unsweetened shredded coconut and place it on a bonbon cup or plate.
- Continue with the remaining Pumpkin truffles. Top it with clove, if desired! Store the Pumpkin Truffles in the refrigerator until ready to serve or for up to a week. Enjoy
- To store: Pumpkin Truffles Brigadeiro, place them in an airtight container, and store them in the refrigerator for up to a week. If you're storing them longer, you can freeze them for up to a month. However, remember that the texture and flavor may change slightly after freezing.
- To reheat: The truffles, remove them from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving. You can also microwave them for a few seconds to soften them if they are too hard. Be sure to microwave them in short intervals and stir in between to avoid overheating. Remember that these truffles are best served chilled, so you may not need to reheat them. Enjoy!
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods, and portion sizes per household.