No Bake Cheesecake Truffles (3 ways)

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That’s right, my friends. I turned one of my favorite desserts into NO BAKE Cheesecake Truffles, made three ways. You can roll them in graham cracker crumbs, dip them in chocolate, or fry them carnival style.

When you can’t commit to an entire cheesecake, these truffles are exactly what you need.

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No Bake Cheesecake Truffles - this easy truffle recipe are actually bites of no bake cheesecake! Make them coated in graham crumbs or chocolate, or deep fry them like at the fair!

This weekend my husband and I will celebrate our 15th anniversary. I still can’t believe we’ve been married that long; it really seems like yesterday. And then I look at pictures of our wedding and I think OMG I was such a baby! Over the last 15 years we’ve been through a lot, both good and bad. We’ve moved states (to Arizona and back to California), lived in about 6 houses, had a baby, dealt with infertility, dealt with struggling times in our jobs, and watched each other get older. While life situations may have been difficult for us over time, we’ve always gotten through it all because we had each other. I swear it sounds corny, but I didn’t know what a “soul mate” was until our first date.


(You can read all about our love story here.)

Anyway, whenever our anniversary rolls around I think about food that defines our relationship: Midori Martinis, Chocolate Croissant French Toast, and cheesecake. You see, our wedding cake wasn’t a traditional cake; we had a tiered cake that was actually a CHEESECAKE. It was pure heaven! I knew I wanted to make something cheesecake for this post but it’s been about a gazillion degrees here and I could not deal with a baked cheesecake and a water bath and leaving the oven on so long. I decided to make cheesecake TRUFFLES because they’re bite size and NO BAKE!

And then I decided to make them three ways: roll them in graham cracker crumbs, dip them in chocolate, and deep fry them like I had at the fair.

No Bake Cheesecake Truffles - an easy cheesecake truffle bite made three ways!

This is probably one of the easiest recipes ever. It’s based off one in my original cookbook. Basically you make a no-bake cheesecake and instead of spreading it into a graham cracker crust, you put the crust into the mixture, then roll it into truffles.

The truffle base has only 4 ingredients: cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, and graham cracker crumbs for binding. You mix it up and scoop it into bite sized balls, and then the fun begins. There are so many options for how you can dress these up! I’m sharing three different ways with you today, all of them easy!

First, you can go the super easy route and just roll them in more graham cracker crumbs. It’s like rolling the truffle in more crust, and will taste most authentically like a bite of cheesecake.

Second, you could dip these in chocolate. This makes them perfect for parties or giving, or the holidays (which really aren’t that far away!) I used rainbow sprinkles because I just love using them on truffles. When I dip things in chocolate, I like using Candiquik or Almond Bark for easy dipping, but you can also use baking chocolate bars (like Bakers or Ghirardelli).

And third, one of my FAVORITE versions: Deep Fried Cheesecake, just like at the state fair!

No Bake Cheesecake Truffles - deep fried cheesecake bites just like you get at the fair! It's such an easy recipe to make at home.

When we were at the fair a few weeks ago I spent $21 at the deep fried booth. We got Oreos and Brownies and a big ol’ slice of deep fried cheesecake. It was probably one of the best things I’d ever eaten; when the cheesecake deep fries it gets all melty and gooey. I didn’t even eat the coating, I just scooped out the inside with a fork. I knew I had to recreate that at home.

Now, if you’re scared of frying things, don’t be. I am too, but it’s easy. (And remember, if you don’t want them fried, just dip them in chocolate and call it a day!) To be successful frying I recommend a deep 3 quart pot and a candy thermometer. The thermometer is pretty much required so you know how hot the oil is.

I coated my truffles in a thick batter I made out of pancake mix. I used Krusteaz, the kind you just add water too, but I added more pancake mix and less water than you’d use if you’re making pancakes. It’s a nice thick batter. I rolled the truffles in flour and then dredged them in the batter. After a few minutes in the hot oil they’re JUST like the fair but at home (and bite sized so I’m not eating 5 million calories).

No Bake Cheesecake Truffles - this easy truffle recipe are actually bites of no bake cheesecake! Make them coated in graham crumbs or chocolate, or deep fry them like at the fair!

Whenever I make cheesecake, I think of my wedding. And now whenever I make it I’ll also think of these truffles. In fact, I may never make a big cheesecake again!

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No Bake Cheesecake Truffles (3 ways)

Make No Bake Cheesecake Truffles three ways! This easy recipe turns no-bake cheesecake into a bite covered in grahams, chocolate, or deep fried!


For the truffle base:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese (I like using Challenge brand)

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs

To Make Graham Coated Truffles:

  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs

To Make Chocolate Covered Truffles:

  • 8 ounces Candiquik, Almond Bark, or other baking chocolate for dipping

To Make Deep Fried Truffles:

  • 1 1/2 cups pancake mix (the kind you mix with water)

  • 3/4 cup water

  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour

  • 4 cups vegetable oil, for frying


  1. Make the truffle base: Beat cream cheese until smooth using a hand mixer. Mix in the sugar, extract, and graham cracker crumbs.

  2. Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper. Scoop 1 tablespoon size balls of the cheesecake mixture onto the cookie sheet.

  3. If you’re making the graham coated truffles, continue without chilling. Freeze the cookie sheet of naked truffles for about 30 minutes if you’re making the chocolate covered truffles or fried truffles.

  4. To make graham coated truffles: roll each truffle in a bowl of graham cracker crumbs. Roll between the palms of your hand to make a uniform ball, then roll in the bowl again. Chill until they’re not too soft, about 30 minutes.

  5. To make chocolate covered truffles: melt chocolate according to package directions. I like melting the chocolate in a disposable paper bowl for easy cleanup. Dip each truffle in the chocolate and tap off the excess, then place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle with colorful sprinkles. Chill to set, about 10-20 minutes.

  6. To make the fried truffles: place oil in a deep 3 or 4 Qt pot and attach a candy thermometer to the side. Heat on medium heat until the oil reaches 350°F. Meanwhile, whisk the pancake mix and water until smooth. Let it sit until the oil is ready. Place a paper towel on a cookie sheet and place the flour in a small bowl. Once the oil is ready, roll each truffle in the flour, then dip in the batter. Use two spoons to carefully get the truffle into the hot oil without splattering. Cook for just a few minutes, 2-3 at a time, rolling them with a spoon to make sure they get evenly cooked, until they are golden brown. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon to the paper towels. Once they’re done, serve topped with powdered sugar.

  7. Store chocolate covered truffles or graham coated truffles in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Eat fried truffles while warm, or at least the same day they are fried.

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  1. Happy anniversary! You were a gorgeous bride. And even though you both have been through so much, you’ve done it together. That’s amazing. Could you have looked 15 years into the future and seen all of this? The blog alone would’ve seemed like such an unknown thing to anyone 15 years ago. Time is cool.
    And so are these truffles. The deep-fried kind? Holy wow.

  2. Love the idea of using this recipe as a template for creative applications. And what a hottie in that wedding photo! Hotties, both of you! Still hawwwwt today. 🙂

  3. The deep fried cheesecake truffles sound sinful in the best way! Love the variety here 🙂 Also you look amazing in your wedding photo, wow 🙂

  4. I wouldn’t be able to stop popping these adorable little truffles, and they sound just like the fair. All those once-a-year flavors that I could have on the regular! Happy Anniversary to you guys! 15 years is a huge milestone and so happy you get to share it with your soulmate 🙂

  5. Oh wow, these sound amazing! I love all the options!! Those graham cracker ones are calling my name – they just sound so completely addicting! Gorgeous! 

  6. So at this point in food blogging, pictures of food rarely *actually* make me drool, but OMG!  Those deep fried cheesecake bites totally did it.  You are a flipping genius.  Also, I just love you and Mel.  Like as a unit.  Merthy.  You guys are the best!

  7. Happy anniversary! Wishing you guys many, many more decades of cheesecake bliss. 🙂

  8. Happy Anniversary!!! 15 years, congrats!!! Love, love, love these cheesecake bites!!!! And the deep fried ones are calling my name!

  9. Happy Anniversary!! I totally understand what you mean. Soul mates! My husband and I are each others soul mates for sure. We have been thru so much thru the almost 23 years of marriage and almost 30 years of being together. I drew the bad body card it seems like not to mention being a cancer survivor and my husband has been by my side thru it all. You are so blessed. Now, these bon bons are so wonderful looking. They will be on my future list of goodies to make. yeah baby all three ways probably. Thanks for all your hard work in creating yummies for us! I watched the pringles challenge yesterday and it was a hoot. Your husband is a hottie and your daughter is so adorable. Such a sweet family. Just finding out he likes pringles? Snicker so funny. That just cracks me up.

  10. You made such a beautiful bride! Your daughter resembles you in that pic.

  11. I cannot believe you made deep fried truffles at home! How BRILLIANT. And girl, you look stunning in your wedding picture!

  12. Happy Anniversary!! What cute pic 🙂

  13. Great pics. Happy, happy anniversary. The truffles look great too!

  14. Wow, these look delicious, and so cute.  Happy Anniversary!  I wish I could have gone to your wedding – I remember I had to go to So Cal that weekend for a big birthday party for my mom.  
    You were gorgeous, your dress was gorgeous, your groom was handsome, and your “cake” was so original.  I bet it’s fun to look back through the pics!

  15. You look so beautiful in your picture and I loved your love story.
    The deep fried truffles is mouth-watering.

  16. Happy Anniversary!!! Love that you had a cheesecake wedding cake! And no bake cheesecake truffles — what’s not to like?! I especially love the ones rolled in graham cracker crumbs to mimic the flavor of a slice of cheesecake in one bite — yum!

  17. Happy anniversary! I just read your love story for the first time. It reminds me so much of my own. My husband and I worked together for 6 years before we started dating. He was married and I was dating other people. There was a spark right from the start but neither of us is the cheating kind so we were just casual friends. I didn’t know how bad his marriage was – he’s a private kind of guy so I just assumed “off limits forever.” But one day he tells me and another coworker that he got separated. We started going out with groups of people – just fun stuff, not dates. I wasn’t sure if he felt the same way I did but it became pretty clear pretty quickly that we wanted to go out on a real date, alone. We did and, like you, I knew we would get married. We both admitted (years later) that, had he not been in the middle of getting a divorce, we could have run off and eloped within 2 weeks of our first date! That’s coming from someone that is always very pragmatic/total realist. I just knew. Oh, and he’s older than me too (8 years). Here we are, 13 years and 2 kids later!

  18. Wedding cheesecake??? OMG! This is brilliant. If I ever get married, I am totally stealing the idea!

    And deep fried cheesecake??? Now you’re just killing me!! I certainly won’t wait until I get married to give them a try!

    Congrats on 15 years, btw. Here’s to 15 more!

  19. Happy anniversary!  And cheesecake for a wedding cake sounds like pure bliss to me.  Just like these truffles. I could pretty much eat these all day long!  

  20. Oh my goodness, these look heavenly! I’m with you. I LOVE cheesecake, but I can’t always commit to making a whole cheesecake, especially in this heat! But bite sized cheesecakes dipped in chocolate and deep fried is definitely something I can get on board with. I mean, they sound heavenly! And I love that the fry batter is made from pancake mix!

  21. Oh my heck!!! All three look amazing but the deep fried would be my favorite too. Heavenly!!!

  22. What a beautiful wedding pic! And yay for cheesecake- couldnit est for 3 meals a day and never get tired of it! ( especially with all your creative versions!) 

  23. Beautiful wedding pic.   I do have a question, can these be frozen once made with graham wafer.   

  24. You both look amazing, congratulations! Those truffles also look soooo good. I definitely have to try them!!

  25. My husband and I have made the graham coated ones and stashed them in the freezer. I like the texture better out of the freezer, and it makes the perfect small desert.

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