Pumpkin Sugar Swirls Recipe

Holiday Recipe: Pumpkin Sugar Swirls

‘Tis the season for baking and even more baking. Pumpkin has almost worn its welcome, but with Thanksgiving just days away, there is still time to squeak a few more squash-themed recipes in. These swirls are easy to assemble and perfect for unexpected guests, Thanksgiving breakfast, or a black Friday sugar rush.


I did use homemade puff pastry here, which I highly recommend. Store bought will work fine, but the taste of homemade is far superior. I used the recipe from Sarabeth’s Bakery, an excellent cookbook.

  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Good pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • Granulated sugar (for sprinkling and rolling)
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry


Holiday Recipe: Pumpkin Sugar Swirls

Put the pumpkin, sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt in a sauce pan over medium heat, and cook for about 10 minutes, until the pumpkin mixture is thick and shiny. Set aside to cool. Preheat your oven to 350.

Using a pastry brush, brush the wells of a muffin tin with the melted butter. Generously sprinkle the wells with granulated sugar, so they are fully coated.

Holiday Recipe: Pumpkin Sugar Swirls

Lightly flour your work surface, and roll the puff pastry into an 8 x 20 inch rectangle. Using a spatula or butter knife, spread the pumpkin mixture over the puff pastry, leaving about an inch border. Starting with the long side, roll the pastry into a tight log.

Holiday Recipe: Pumpkin Sugar SwirlsHoliday Recipe: Pumpkin Sugar Swirls

Pinch seams together and place the seam side down. With a serrated knife or a sharp scissors, cut the roll into 12 equal pieces. Place the pieces into the prepared muffin tin.

Holiday Recipe: Pumpkin Sugar SwirlsHoliday Recipe: Pumpkin Sugar Swirls

Bake the swirls until puffed, golden brown, and firm to the touch, about 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool for 2 minutes, then flip the swirls onto a wire rack. When they are cool enough to handle, roll them in more granulated sugar, shaking off any excess. Best if eaten within a few hours.

Holiday Recipe: Pumpkin Sugar SwirlsHoliday Recipe: Pumpkin Sugar Swirls

Happy baking!


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