No-Bake Spice Cake Pumpkin Truffles — These festive pumpkin spice truffles couldn’t be simpler. Pairing tender Signature SELECT Seasons Pumpkin Spice Madelines with Open Nature Buttercream Frosting Mix, white or dark chocolate and optionally spooky features, these Halloween truffles are the perfect bite (and simple enough for kiddos to help with, too!).
This post has been sponsored by Safeway. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I think it goes without saying that this Halloween is going to look a little (ok, a lot) different than years’ past. And since this is the first year Lana is old enough to actually anticipate the holiday, I’m even more bummed that we’ll be missing out on some of our community’s most beloved Halloween traditions: trick o’ treating downtown during the day, and running (responsibly) rampant through the neighborhood at night. Not to mention the event for which our town is famous, the annual Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival, has been nixed this year. Understandably so, but still. Cue grumpiness.
Easy No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Truffles
Which is why, in a move that is so uncharacteristically me, I’m pulling out all the stops to make this season feel special from the comfort of our own home with these easy No-Bake Spice Cake Pumpkin Truffles. Made with just a handful of ingredients, and decorated in a tastefully spooktacular fashion, these are the kind of treat I usually roll my eyes at. Adorable, sure — but who has the time? Well, thanks to a couple of quick shortcuts, turns out I had the time — huzzah! And based on my kiddo’s reaction when I revealed these to her, they were totally worth it. A replacement for trick o’ treating? Eh, maybe not. But they’re an easy way to get into the spirit even if the usual fanfare is currently on hold.
This month kicks off what will be a recurring partnership with Safeway stores — and friends, it’s a fun one. Each month or so, Safeway will send over a box of seasonal products featuring their in-house brands (Open Nature, O Organics and Signature Select), and I get the genuinely fun job of choosing my favorite items from the bunch and developing a recipe around them.
All of the products they sent me are readily available (or will be, soon!) in Safeway stores, so it’ll be easy for you to source the ingredients, too. This month, the shipment included a haul of fall baking staples — everything from Open Nature Almond Flour and O Organics Chocolate Chips to Open Nature cake and brownie mixes — even a Signature SELECT Spooky Graveyard Cookie Kit. But the two items that caught my eye — and that make up the majority of the ingredients in these No-Bake Spice Cake Pumpkin Truffles? The Signature SELECT Seasons Pumpkin Spice Madelines and the Open Nature Buttercream Frosting Mix.
One-Bite Wonders: No-Bake Pumpkin Truffles Recipe
That’s right, folks — I’m gonna not-so-humbly toot my own horn here because we’re using store-bought madelines for the cake in these pumpkin spice cake truffles, and I am feeling real clever. And while you can use leftover homemade buttercream frosting to bind the cake crumbs if you’ve got it, the Open Nature Buttercream Frosting Mix stirs together easily with little more than a stick of butter and two tablespoons of milk (you don’t even need to break out the mixer, friends).
Once the tender madeline crumbs and the frosting are mixed together, it’s as simple as rolling the mixture into balls, chilling the balls and then dipping the pumpkin spice truffles in pure white or semi-sweet chocolate. We got a little creative and added spooky details like candy eyes and bat wings made from Signature SELECT Tuxedo cookies, but these pumpkin truffles are also perfectly elegant (not to mention a bit more seasonally evergreen) with just an extra drizzle of chocolate and a few crowd-pleasing jimmies.
How to Decorate Halloween Truffles
So easy, friends. I even let Lana get in on making a few (we’re calling it the home ec portion of school-from-home — woof! how’s that going for ya, by the way??), and she was beside herself with glee when I added a few teaspoons of dragon fruit powder and butterfly pea flower powder to make the purple Halloween truffles. (I love using small amounts of powdered food coloring with melted chocolate because you don’t have to worry about it seizing, but you could use a gel food coloring with similar results.) And, honestly, since we rarely make true blue treats around here, just the idea of whipping something up that looks like it came from a candy shop boggled her mind. Repeat exclamations like “we’re really making these!?” and “I actually get to eat oneee!!?” made me question if we’re perhaps a little too conservative when it comes to sweets. On the other hand, she’s delightfully easy to impress, which is a parenting gift, in itself.
Perhaps the best thing about making these Spice Cake Pumpkin Truffles (and, honestly, most of what we’ve been preparing at home recently) is that I didn’t even have to break out the whole mask n’ sanitizer routine to get the ingredients. Sure Safeway sent me a few things to get started, but I ordered everything else that I needed using the Safeway app and Safeway online.
To be clear here, yes, this is a sponsored post, and yes, I’ve been asked to mention these items, but if you’ve been following me over the past few months, you know we’ve been very conservative when it comes to sheltering safely, and Safeway has made it so convenient to continue to shop our favorite products, contact-free. I browse through and add weekly deals on the Safeway app and then log into my Safeway account online to load up my cart and place my order. It’s super straightforward, and the nominal delivery fee is more than worth the added convenience. (The fee is variable based on how quickly you need your items delivered, too, so with a little advanced planning I saved 50%.) And now through 10/6, you can use promo code “SEASONSPUMPKIN” to save $5 when you spend $20 on exclusive seasonal pumpkin items for pick up or delivery.
As one of Lana’s fave characters would say, “All good things! All good things…”
Here’s to getting a jump on the season and making the most of it, even if it means busting out the sweets a bit early.
Happy cooking and creating, friends!
- 18 Signature SELECT Pumpkin Spice Madelines (about 2 containers, with enough leftover for snacking)
- 1 box Open Nature Buttercream Frosting Mix (or ½ cup leftover buttercream frosting)
- 1 stick salted butter, softnened2 T milk
- 1 tsp pumpkin spice seasoning (optional)
- 3 cups white or semi-sweet chocolate chips (we used 50/50)
- optional decorations: candy eyes, sprinkles, chocolate sandwich cookies
- In a small bowl, add Buttercream Frosting Mix, softened butter and milk. Stir until smooth and combined.
- In a large bowl, crumble madelines. Add pumpkin spice seasoning and ½ cup of the prepared buttercream frosting and mix until crumbs are evenly moistened.
- Scoop mixture by the packed tablespoon and roll into balls (you should have about 30, but feel free to make them larger or smaller to suit your preference). Arrange in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze for an hour or until firm to the touch.
- In a medium, microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate in 30-second intervals until melted, stirring between intervals. Using a fork, roll each ball in the melted chocolate, then retrieve it from the chocolate, allowing excess to drip through the fork tines before placing the truffle back on the lined baking sheet. Repeat with all remaining balls. Drizzle the truffles with excess chocolate (reheated, if needed) and a few sprinkles, or decorate however you'd like! Let set until chocolate firms up; enjoy immediately or store covered in the fridge for up to 5 days.
To make the mummies: Dip cake truffles in white chocolate. drizzle generously with additional white chocolate. Press candy eyes into the chocolate before it sets.
To make the bats: Dip cake truffles in semi-sweet chocolate. drizzle generously with additional semi-sweet chocolate and press halved chocolate sandwich cookies firmly in place, holding for a few seconds to adhere. Press candy eyes into chocolate before it sets.
Got leftover buttercream and madelines? Try sandwiching the buttercream thickly between two madelines! Serve immediately, or I love snacking on them out of the fridge. 🙂
Like these No-Bake Spice Cake Pumpkin Truffles?
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