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Jack-o'-Lantern Cream Puffs

 Jack-o'-Lantern Cream Puffs
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
12 ServingsPrep: 1 hour Bake: 30 min. + cooling


  • 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 McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons milk
  • Green and orange food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa


  • In a small saucepan, bring the water, butter and sugar to a boil.
  • 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

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Jack-o'-Lantern Cream Puffs (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.