Pumpkin Cheesecake Pillow Popovers

These little "pillows" were such fun to make and so plump and cute, you just can't resist them. My only regret was I wanted more pumpkin! I always tend to stuff too much filling in recipes like this, so was more cautious this time and avoided having the pumpkin filling seep out all over the pillows and the pan.
The original recipe pictured them with both caramel and ice cream (can you imagine?), but really, they only need
 a sprinkle of powdered sugar and cinnamon. However, I did drizzle some caramel just for the presentation. The recipe makes 39 pillows, but if you don’t need that many, just halve it or even quarter it, which is what I did.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pillow Popovers
From Willow Bird Baking 

4 cans crescent rolls
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
5/8 cup sugar
1 egg
2 cups canned pumpkin
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger
powdered sugar  and a little cinnamon mixed in for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray two mini muffin tins with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice, and beat to combine. Chill in the fridge while you prepare your dough.

Unroll one can of crescent baking sheet dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll it out to around 9 x 12 inches. You might have to seal the perforated edges by pinching them before rolling it out. This is not as easy as it looks, but you don't want it to separate. Cut it using a pizza cutter into 9 squares, roughly 3 x 4 inches each. Push the squares into wells of the mini muffin tins, skipping a well between each. Spoon a heaping spoonful of the pumpkin mixture into each well and pinch the corners of the dough together around it, twisting at the top to close. 

Bake for 10-14 minutes or until browned (let them get good and golden or they’ll still be doughy in the middle.) Remove from the oven and top with powdered sugar and cinnamon. Let them cool in the pan for around 5 minutes before serving.


  1. How do you find these recipes? Amazing idea to have all that creamy goodness in a package and the premade dough does make it all so easy.

    I definitely wouldn't skip the caramel!

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  3. These are like little parcels of pumpkin deliciousness!! I know i would love them.

  4. This is a great idea that I'm sure could be adapted for other types of fillings, although the pumpkin sounds pretty scrumptious! The photo actually makes them look bigger, but I guess the mini muffin size would give each guest several satisfying bites.

  5. How adorable and filled with fall goodness. My family loves popovers. Wait until they try these.

  6. willow bird baking, I've heard so many great reviews on them.
    these sound good! I'm in!

  7. Barabara..they ARE so CUTE!!
    Love the recipes you share that I have never seen:)

  8. Oh my. I need to make these - tonight!!

  9. Very tempting! A wonderful filling.



  10. A creative use of crescent rolls! The cream cheese filling sounds divine.

  11. They look and sounds wonderful. Such delicious spices. I'm in!

  12. Una verdadera delicia que ganas de probar se ven muy golosos,abrazos.

  13. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe Barbara. Those little bundles of goodness sound delicious. I may even make then for Thanksgiving. Thanks again, Barbara...

  14. Dear Barbara,

    Yummy! the little parcels sound delicious and many thanks for sharing the recipe. The chicken recipe in the previous post looks good too.
    You always have the best recipes.
    Happy weekend

  15. this looks amazing and lush and delectable!

  16. Aww and they look like little baby pumpkins, too! I love these!


  17. What a fun idea! they look gorgeous and I'm looking forward to sampling them!
    Mary x

  18. I always love pumpkin cakes, it sweet and light. And feel like never get enough of it!

    Thanks for sharing the receipt ;)

    My warm regards from Bali, Indonesia.

  19. I am always searching for pumpkin recipes. These little pillows seem like the perfect after dinner bite without having us leave groaning from the table.

  20. I can not make popovers. They never pop!

  21. They look so cute and I am sure full of pumpkin flavor. Certainly something I would enjoy!

  22. What a creative use of those crescent rolls--one of the more fun pumpkin recipes that I've come across this week--and there have been a pumpkin's patch bunch of 'em!

  23. these look amazing! i'm going to try a 1/4 recipe so I don't hurt myself...


    love the Halloween header!

  24. What decadent little morsels. I hope you saved one for me!
    *kisses* H

  25. these are great! we do something similar at my bakery, but with no pumpkin. i may have to introduce it!



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