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Jack-o'-Lantern Cream Puffs Recipe
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Jack-o'-Lantern Cream Puffs Recipe

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These jack-o'-lanterns may look spooky on the outside, but inside is a creamy, sweet treat. The classic flavor of pumpkin pie spice will have all your ghosts and goblins screaming for more! Karalee Helminak, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 cup whipped topping
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons milk
  • Green and orange food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa

Nutritional Facts

1 filled cream puff equals 152 calories, 9 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 57 mg cholesterol, 72 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a small saucepan, bring the water, butter and sugar to a boil.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour and pie spice; add to water mixture all at once and stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and shiny.
  3. Drop 12 rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto a greased baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack. Immediately split puffs open; remove tops and set aside. Discard soft dough from inside. Cool puffs.
  4. For filling, in a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar and pie spice until smooth. Pipe into cream puffs. Top each with 1 tablespoon whipped topping; replace tops.
  5. For frosting, in a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, butter, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Tint 1 tablespoon frosting green and 2 teaspoons orange; set aside. Stir cocoa into the remaining frosting. Pipe jack-o'-lantern faces with orange and chocolate frosting. Pipe stems with green frosting. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Jack-o'-Lantern Cream Puffs in Taste of Home October/November 2008, p27

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Nov. 5, 2009

"I made them for halloween for work and everybody really liked them, today I am making them for a church meeting without the faces."

Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"Here are some tips for making these a success. You have to use real butter, no margarine. Also take the butter and water off the heat immediately when it starts boiling, if too much of the liquid evaporates they will go flat. These were excellent and I am making them again for a fall baby shower!"

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2009

"I made these for a Halloween party! They turned out great! The pumpkin spice flavor was an excellent addition. I had a hard time putting the faces on. When I make them again I will make the puff shell bigger so there is more room to decorate the face"

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2008

"I made them for a work Halloween Party. They turned out delicious..seotten"

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2008

"try cooking them longer"

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