During the holiday season we frequently have visitors and I like to keep some sweet treats around for when they stop by. These Christmas truffles are so easy to make I can whip them up quickly and keep them in the fridge to serve any time.
Christmas truffles are essentially a no-bake cheesecake filling with a simple coating of festive sprinkles. They pack the same flavor punch and texture of traditional cheesecake but without the time commitment that it takes to prepare and bake cheesecake.
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If this is your first time preparing a dessert like cheesecake, know that this no bake recipe is super simple and comes together easily every time. It’s the perfect treat for holiday parties but they’re also great to give as homemade gifts, too!
Common Questions about Christmas Truffles
What style of cheesecake is this?
There are a number of cheesecake styles, one the most well-known of which is New York style cheesecake. These cheesecake truffles feature one of the other popular varieties — no-bake.
Do you have to refrigerate cheesecake truffles?
You do need to refrigerate these treats. They are primarily made of dairy which means they shouldn’t be left out of the refrigerator for longer than 2 hours.
Can you overbeat the cheese for cheesecake?
This is primarily a concern for cheesecakes that are baked since over-beating can contribute to cracking when baking. For this recipe it shouldn’t be a concern but as a general rule it’s ideal to be mindful to not overbeat a batter.
Making Christmas Truffles Ahead of Time
The cream cheese mixture can be prepared up to 24 hours ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until you are ready to form the balls and roll them in sprinkles.
What other truffle recipes do you suggest?
Since these cheesecake truffles contain cream cheese they do need to be refrigerated or frozen.
Refrigerator: Store these truffles in the refrigerator for up to a week in an airtight container or ziploc bag.
Freezing: Place the truffles in a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months.
Tips For The Best Christmas Truffles
This recipe is simple enough that it’s fairly foolproof but here are a few ways to make sure you have the best Christmas truffles.
- If you plan to freeze these treats, you can prevent them from sticking together by first freezing them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, then placing them into a container or freezer bag. You can also separate individual balls with wax paper or parchment paper.
- To keep the balls smooth and prevent the cheese mixture from sticking to your hands when rolling them, spray your hands with cooking spray or grease them lightly with vegetable oil or coconut oil.
- Allow at least an hour for the balls to set before setting out to serve so that they are firm enough to sit out without melting.
With only 3 ingredients this is a quick recipe to prepare.
- Cream cheese softened
- White cake mix
- Sprinkles or sanding sugar
Kitchen Supplies You’ll Need
All you need to make this recipe is a few basic supplies.
- Large mixing bowl
- Stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or hand mixer or food processor)
- Rubber spatula
- Plastic wrap
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper or silicone mat
- Small dish (for sprinkles)
- Small cookie scoop or melon baller
How to Make Christmas Truffles
With just a few simple steps you have an indulgent dessert ready to serve.
- Place the cream cheese in a large bowl of a stand mixer (or use an electric mixer).
- Beat the cream cheese on high speed until it’s completely smooth and creamy.
- Turn the mixer to low speed and slowly add the cake mix in intervals until it is evenly dispersed. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl to make sure the mix is completely incorporated.
- Use plastic wrap to cover the bowl.
- Place the covered bowl in the refrigerator.
- Once the mixture is chilled, use a small cookie dough scoop to portion out the dough.
- Roll the dough between your palms to form a smooth ball.
- Next, roll the cheesecake ball in the sprinkles.
- Then, place the finished ball on the prepared baking sheet.
- Continue until all of the dough has been used.
- Place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
What to Serve With Christmas Truffles
These sweet and creamy truffles are a decadent dessert by themselves but you can serve them alongside other treats as well.
- Frozen sweets – Serve these alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream or your favorite seasonal flavor. Gelato and sorbet work well, too.
- Hot chocolate – These pair well with traditional cocoa or a white hot chocolate.
- Milk – These go well with a cold glass of milk, chocolate milk, or alternatives like oat milk, soy milk, or almond milk.
- Cocktails – An espresso martini is a fantastic pairing with these.
- Coffee – A hot cup of coffee is perfect for washing these down. You can also add a splash of Frangelico or Bailey’s.
- Wine – Both red and white wine, as well as sparkling versions, are delicious with truffles. You can also pair them with a Port wine.
Why You Should Make This Recipe
Cheesecake is a universally loved dessert so these truffles are sure to be a hit but here are a few other reasons to make Christmas truffles.
- Affordable – With only three simple ingredients you can make a pretty and delicious dessert for just a few dollars.
- Customizable – Change up the sprinkles for the season. While they’re called Christmas truffles, you can use colors that match any special occasion you’re celebrating.
- Quick – Hands-on prep time is minimal so you can whip these up quickly before guests come over.
- Easy – There are only a few simple steps to mix these up — they’re virtually foolproof.
Variations and Add-ins
This easy recipe is a crowd-pleaser as is, but you can add some touches that make it your signature dessert.
- Sprinkles – Try using sparkly silver and gold sprinkles for New Year’s Eve, pink or blue for a baby shower, or orange and black around Halloween.
- Mini chocolate chips – Fold miniature white chocolate, dark chocolate, or milk chocolate chips into the cream cheese mixture.
- Nuts – Crush walnuts, pecans, or any other nut that you prefer and fold it in before rolling. You can also use them as a coating instead of sprinkles.
- Chocolate – Melt chocolate (either in the microwave or using a double boiler method) and dip the balls into the melted chocolate. Leave them as they are or add sprinkles before refrigerating — you can also decorate them by drizzling melted white chocolate over the top.
- Sprinkles in the cream cheese mixture – Fold sprinkles into the cream cheese mixture for a funfetti style filling.
- Cake flavor – Choose chocolate or another flavor like you enjoy to switch up the flavor profile.
- Cocoa powder – Add a dash of cocoa powder for a little chocolatey flavor.
- Extracts – Add vanilla extract to impart vanilla flavor and bring out the slight tang of the cheese or choose another extract you like from peppermint to almond or even coffee extract.
- Graham crackers – Crush graham crackers until you’re left with fine crumbs. Then roll the cheesecake balls in the graham cracker crumbs for a crunchy outside coating.
- Candy melts – Melt colored candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl and dip the balls in them for a fun and colorful outer coating.
- Crushed cookies – Crush cookies like Oreos, or your personal favorite, and fold them into the cheesecake filling for crunch and flavor.
- Food coloring – Use food dye to create a seasonally colored filling.
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- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 15.25 ounces white cake mix
- sprinkles or sanding sugar
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese until soft and creamy.
- Gradually add in the cake mix, mixing after each addition until it is all incorporated.
- Cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the sprinkles or sanding sugar in a shallow dish or bowl.
- Scoop out the dough into 1 tablespoon-sized scoops.
- Roll them in the sprinkles and then place them on the baking sheet.
- Repeat until all of the dough has been rolled into balls and covered with sprinkles.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Store refrigerated in an airtight container.
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