Pumpkin Candy Cups

Pumpkin Candy Cups

It’s time for day two of pumpkin week!

These are fun little treats to make for Thanksgiving (or really for any reason). They’re shaped like peanut butter cups but with a fun new flavor twist. The combination of rich white chocolate surrounding a smooth and creamy pumpkin pie spiced filling is absolutely delicious. It actually made me wonder why I’ve never combined the two flavors before.

Pumpkin Candy Cups

These are easy to make, and not as time consuming as you would expect. I’ve never made any sort of candy before, so these were fun to experiment with. I was initially a little hesitant about the creamy pumpkin filling, as neither Mike or I actually likes pumpkin pie due to its texture. But rest assured, though the taste is reminiscent of the traditional sweet and spicy filling, the texture of these candy cups is much different. Mike thought they were good (he still thinks he has an aversion to pumpkin), I thought they were very good, and everyone else I fed them to thought they were great. Apparently the more you like pumpkin, the better these are.  These would be a great addition to your Thanksgiving table – set out in a cute little candy bowl, or as a favor by each plate. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Candy Cups

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Pumpkin Candy Cups

Ingredients:

1 bag (12 oz) white chocolate chips
10 mini (2 inch) foil muffin liners
2 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup finely ground cinnamon graham cracker crumbs (a food processor works best here)

Directions:

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in short time increments in the microwave. Make sure not to overheat.
Using a small spoon, “paint” the melted chocolate all over the insides of 10 mini foil muffin liners. The layer of chocolate should be thick enough so that you cannot see through it, but thin enough that the cups remain upright and intact. Once I painted my cups I placed them in my mini muffin tin to make sure they kept their form. You will not use all of the melted chocolate in this step. Allow chocolate cups to cool and harden completely by placing on a tray in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese through vanilla extract and mix until smooth. Thoroughly mix in the powdered sugar then stir in the graham cracker crumbs. Using a mini ice cream scoop or a small spoon, evenly divide the pumpkin mixture between the hardened chocolate cups. Smooth the top to create an even surface.

Re-melt the remaining chocolate if needed and distribute amongst the filled cups, smoothing the tops and making sure the chocolate reaches all the way to the edges in order to seal the cups. Chill in the refrigerator until set, about 1-2 hours. Unwrap the cups to serve. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.

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53 Responses to “Pumpkin Candy Cups”

  1. 1

    theblogisthenewblack — November 16, 2010 @ 3:23 am

    Yum!

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    Dorothy at Belle of the Kitchen — November 16, 2010 @ 3:33 am

    These look amazing! What a great treat to have around for Thanksgiving guests.

  3. 3

    Prerna@IndianSimmer — November 16, 2010 @ 3:41 am

    Mmm Mmm Mmm! It looks SO good Megan :-)

  4. 4

    Jennifurla — November 16, 2010 @ 4:21 am

    Favorite post of the day by far, so very original! I love them.

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    Tessa — November 16, 2010 @ 4:26 am

    These look amazing! I bet they'd make a great hostess gift for Thanksgiving as well =)

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    Lisa — November 16, 2010 @ 6:16 am

    Oh my gosh, this is my kind of candy. I want to make them now but just don't have the stuff yet. But you can bet that this recipe is going into my favorites file.

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — November 16, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

    Oh my gosh these look AWESOME!

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    CaSaundraLeigh — November 16, 2010 @ 1:52 pm

    I saw these on the Healthy Food for Living blog..it's been on my list of to-do's to make them. I am thinkin as part of a homemade Christmas gift maybe!!

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    Katerina — November 16, 2010 @ 2:07 pm

    They look very elegant and must be really tasty!

  10. 10

    Camille — November 16, 2010 @ 2:19 pm

    Oh man, there is a chance these might be the best recipe you have ever posted :)

  11. 11

    eatgreek.net — November 16, 2010 @ 3:05 pm

    they look so perfect and they give me a winter mood! :D

  12. 12

    happywhennothungry — November 16, 2010 @ 3:45 pm

    These pumpkin candy cups look amazing! What a creative recipe too. Pumpkin and white chocolate sounds like bliss. Thanks for sharing :-)

  13. 13

    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — November 16, 2010 @ 4:10 pm

    Brilliant idea! Anything with pumpkin filling works for me!

  14. 14

    Stephanie — November 16, 2010 @ 5:15 pm

    What wonderful little bites! The combination of ingredients must be lovely.

  15. 15

    pajamachef — November 16, 2010 @ 5:31 pm

    oh my goodness! i need these in my life :) thanks!

  16. 16

    Danielle — November 16, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

    Thanks so much for the recipe! These are perfect! White chocolate and pumpkin.. yumm(: I'm for sure making these soon.

  17. 17

    Rachel — November 16, 2010 @ 8:06 pm

    Wow… I've done brownie bites, pb bites and pb cups but never thought to do a pumpkin filling. Will have to try this next year! Nice job.

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    Aimee — November 16, 2010 @ 9:39 pm

    Oh my goodness, I am in love! What a wonderful idea, and they look fabulous too!

  19. 19

    Simply Life — November 16, 2010 @ 10:05 pm

    oh my gosh, you are so creative! I love this idea!

  20. 20

    thedelishdishblog — November 17, 2010 @ 12:51 am

    this is the coolest idea!!

  21. 21

    Reeni — November 17, 2010 @ 1:39 am

    How absolutely heavenly! I love this twist on the PB cup! I knew the moment I saw them I'd be making them for the holidays!

  22. 22

    Jen@BigBinder — November 17, 2010 @ 2:38 am

    These look awesome, and combine my husband's two favorite flavors!

  23. 23

    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — November 17, 2010 @ 4:59 am

    Oh my word, I seriously want to devour all of those tasty looking pumpkin candy cups! They look incredible!!! :)

  24. 24

    Mary — November 17, 2010 @ 7:59 am

    this looks soo GGGOOOODDD!
    did you take those pictures?

  25. 25

    Lauren — November 17, 2010 @ 12:02 pm

    I'm so glad you made my white chocolate pumpkin pie cups! Your photos are beautiful :) .

  26. 26

    chanina — November 17, 2010 @ 12:18 pm

    These look AMAZING.
    I think I just died and went to heaven!

  27. 27

    A Bowl Of Mush — November 17, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

    Aww these look so delicious and fun!!

  28. 28

    awbluemondays — November 17, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

    These are so adorable! I love the idea of a pumpkin filling — perfect for people to nibble on at a Thanksgiving celebration!

  29. 29

    Carolyn Jung — November 17, 2010 @ 5:15 pm

    I'm no big fan of pumpkin pie. But pumpkin candies? Mmm, I think I can really get addicted to these.

  30. 30

    Eliana — November 17, 2010 @ 6:58 pm

    Hmmmm – I love anything white chocolate so I know I would adore these :)

  31. 31

    Jessica @ bake me away! — November 17, 2010 @ 10:45 pm

    These are a great idea and cute to boot!

  32. 32

    Emma — November 17, 2010 @ 11:55 pm

    These look gorgeous!! I would love to make these for christmas.

  33. 33

    megan @ whatmegansmaking — November 18, 2010 @ 2:09 pm

    Mary – I did take the pictures – glad you like them! :)

    Lauren – Thanks for a great recipe! :)

  34. 34

    Maranda — November 18, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

    these look amazingly delicious!

  35. 35

    pookiepantry — November 18, 2010 @ 6:19 pm

    So fun! I can't wait to try this myself!

  36. 36

    Noelle — November 18, 2010 @ 7:24 pm

    Hey these DO look amazing! Congats on the Eatocracy mention!

  37. 37

    Amanda — November 19, 2010 @ 9:55 pm

    AWESOME!!! You rock!!! I LOVE white chocolate, so I am all over this great creation!!

    Blessings-
    Amanda

  38. 38

    amanda@seegirlcook — November 24, 2010 @ 2:01 am

    yum! these look incredible!

  39. 39

    Anonymous — December 1, 2010 @ 1:16 am

    I love pumpkin and when I saw these I knew I had to make the for thanksgiving. They were absolutely delicious. I had to make two extra batches. A little tedious but definitely worth it.

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    Mollie — December 1, 2010 @ 6:19 pm

    Annnd I just realized that you are the maker of these! I saw this recipe and almost fell out of my chair!!! You were tagged for it on my blog for weeks! :)

    http://eatrunread.blogspot.com/

  41. 41

    Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer — December 4, 2010 @ 5:34 pm

    How fun! This looks wonderful and still has the healthy pumpkin, I want to make these too!

  42. 42

    megan @ whatmegansmaking — December 5, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

    Anonymous – Thanks so much for stopping back to let me know you liked these. I'm so glad! And you're right, they are a little tedious :)

  43. 43

    Angelica Garza — January 29, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

    Stumbled across your pumpkin candy cups….I love pumpkin so I will HAVE to try these soon! Thanks for the recipe :)

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    Cookin' Cowgirl — July 15, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

    Megan, these looks amazing! I love pumpkin!

    I'm having my first linky party on my blog and the theme is pumpkin. I'd like to invite you to come link up your favorite pumpkin recipe. The link is open until Wednesday at midnight, so please stop by and say hi.

    http://cookincowgirl.blogspot.com/2011/07/pumpkin-blog-hop.html

    ~Cookin' Cowgirl

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    Lsmith — November 21, 2011 @ 8:37 pm

    How many does this make

    • megan replied: — November 21st, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

      It’s been awhile since I made them, but I’m pretty sure it makes about 10, give or take.

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    Nessa — November 23, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

    I’m obsessed with this website. I love your recipes. Thanks for taking the time to post them!

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    peaceloveandsmoothies — December 1, 2013 @ 6:52 pm

    Oooh, pumpkin candy! That has to be the greatest idea since peanut butter cups!

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