Long associated with pies, pumpkin takes on an uptown vibe when cloaked in dark chocolate and enlivened with gingersnap crumbs and orange zest. The pumpkin puree creates a marvelously smooth filling—the hallmark of a perfect truffle. For optimal enjoyment, chill the truffles until serving time.
Makes 28 servings
- 72 purchased gingersnap cookies
- ½ cup powdered sugar, plus more for rolling
- 4 oz cream cheese
- ½ cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp grated orange zest
- 10 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted
- Additional melted bittersweet chocolate, for drizzling
- Additional gingersnaps, finely crushed, for garnish
- In a food processor, process gingersnaps until fine to make 3 cups. Add powdered sugar, cream cheese, pumpkin and orange zest. Process until smooth. Transfer mixture to a bowl; cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours or until slightly firm; mixture will still be sticky.
- Shape mixture into 1-inch balls, rolling them in powdered sugar to keep from sticking to hands. Place on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Freeze 30 minutes or until firm.
- Dip truffles into melted chocolate and place on baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Chill at least 1 hour or until serving. If desired, drizzle truffles with additional melted chocolate and sprinkle with crushed gingersnaps. Refrigerate to store.
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