Pumpkin Cheesecake Pillow Popovers

by Julie Ruble on September 22, 2013 · 34 comments

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pillow Popovers
Pumpkin Cheesecake Pillow Popovers

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pillow Popovers

Recipe by: Willow Bird Baking
Yield: 39 pillows

These little pumpkin cheesecake pillows are amazing served warm with vanilla bean ice cream and a drizzle of caramel. Add some toasted pecans for more delicious fall flavor. This recipe makes 39 pillows, but if you don’t need that many, just half it. To half 1 egg, lightly beat it in a small bowl and discard about 1.5 tablespoons of it before adding it to the recipe.

4 cans crescent rolls
2 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
5/8 cup sugar (1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons)
1 egg
2 cup canned pumpkin
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon*, plus more for sprinkling
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice*
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg*
1/2 teaspoon ginger*
powdered sugar for sprinkling
caramel sauce and ice cream for serving
*or substitute 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice for these spices.

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

In a large mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice, and beat to combine. Cover this and chill it 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. Cut it using a pizza cutter into 9 squares, roughly 3 x 4 inches each. Place the squares into wells of the mini muffin tins, skipping a well between each. Gently push the squares down into the well. 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 them in a bowl with heaping scoops of vanilla bean ice cream and caramel drizzle.

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Belinda @themoonblushbaker September 22, 2013 at 8:38 pm

While can dough is foreign food stuff for me, your story does evoke a lot of memories for me. I was forced to do a big life change few years back in relation to my health. However as anxiety stricken as I was, I always felt comforted by knowing any change can bring new possibilities for a better life.
Really stunning photos and yummy dessert, I am pumpkin lover and think i might have to give this a go!


Jennifer @becomingbrown September 22, 2013 at 9:31 pm

This actually sounds a lot like the exact same set of circumstances I went through when I got married as well (our two year anniversary is the 25th).

I had never lived with a man, had never lived more than 15 minutes from my family, and had never left my hometown, much less my home state. In a few weeks, I got married, moved across the country from Colorado to Georgia, and had my first set of pets since the husband had a cat and a dog.

It took a lot of time, but it is a good thing now. And I recognized the same thing you do, that God went before us and knew what our future held.


Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) September 23, 2013 at 12:59 am

These pillows are so genius! Cheesecake pillow popovers? Just saying that makes me happy.


Tieghan September 23, 2013 at 2:06 am

Oh come on! These are too awesome! Cheesecake stuffed into bite size crescent rolls! YUM!


Sarah @ Miss Candiquik September 23, 2013 at 2:04 pm

These look and sound amazing! Gorgeous photos. Best of luck to you in your new surroundings.


Linda September 23, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Oh thank you Dear Willowbird! These are on my Thanksgiving Weekend menu now!! <3


Rachel September 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Thank you for this! I’m coming upon a big change in January (quitting my job and moving to Ireland for 5 months), and while I’m so So SO excited, I’m also terrified. I’ve never traveled alone before, and while I’ve loved Ireland since high school and have visited and wanted to move there since then, I cannot even begin to fathom the change that is barrel rolling towards me. So, thanks for the reminder that God is already there. While I can still be scared, I have the understanding that I won’t be alone. If anything, those months will be an opportunity to cling all the more dearly to him!


Pam September 23, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Amen for David! Wise words from a trusted friend are always a comfort to the soul… Great recipe — I’m anxious to try it out!!


Meghan September 23, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Oh you KNOW this is so relevant to me right now. Did you know that I ALSO spent a summer in Beaufort? We have so much to talk about!


Angela Henry September 23, 2013 at 5:19 pm

What a beautiful story!


Dina September 23, 2013 at 7:49 pm

they look yummy!


Andrea September 23, 2013 at 10:05 pm

These look so good. Are they as good not served warm?


Julie Ruble September 23, 2013 at 11:28 pm

They’re really best served warm. We stored them in an airtight container in the fridge and reheated them to get them all eaten, but they’re best straight outta the oven!


Laurie September 25, 2013 at 2:02 am

This post really hits home for me. I’m going thru major changes lately and I’m terrified of the thought that things won’t work out. But I have read through all your posts and one in particular brought me some peace a while ago. I can’t remember the actual post or recipe but what you said about prayer. You said to pray not for what we need or what we want but to thank God for what we have and all the blessings in our lives now. I’ve been trying to pray this way since I read that post. There are alot of things I need, but I know God already knows. So I’m trying to be patient. Thanks for teaching me a new way to pray Julie. Your words touched this 50 yr old woman’s heart. :)


Julie Ruble September 25, 2013 at 2:07 am

That makes me so happy and thankful to hear, Laurie. I’ll be praying for you. I’ve been in such a similar space in terms of being terrified of changes and the future. Thinking of you! Thank you for brightening my day!


Amy | Club Narwhal September 25, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Julie, can I just say how much I love this story? I feel like, while my life isn’t going through many outward upheavals, I am going through major mental transitions–moving from what life means for me now that I no longer teach professionally and what that means for everything else that I was working towards in my life. But feeling the assurance that my life has moved me on this path for a reason (though it might not be evident to me now) is definitely something that makes me feel better about things. Thank you so much for sharing! Also, Pillsbury sheets–my mind is blown! These gorgeous popovers are on my Sunday menu!


Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion September 26, 2013 at 5:24 pm

These are the cutest things I have ever seen.


Sally September 26, 2013 at 11:11 pm

You have a gorgeous blog. Your photography is stunning and your recipes sound amazing! I really want to try the pumpkin cheesecake popovers. I have a recipe blog about cooking on a boat circumnavigating the world. I would love to get your feedback and input when you have time. Thanks! http://www.sallyinthegalley.net


Tiffany September 30, 2013 at 4:19 pm

5/8 sugar?


Julie Ruble September 30, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Yep. It’s just 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons.


Martha October 9, 2013 at 6:09 pm

What a lovely story, Julie. When I was 26, I met my husband. I was from PA and he was from NY. I too had never been away from my family other than a year in college and had lived alone for 7 years. When we were married, I moved to NY, gave up my job and was not close to any of my family. Besides that, a few months before we were married, we found out we would have his four children living with us. Talk about God being there!
Sadly, my husband passed away 5 years ago; we had been married nearly 31 years. As I look back, I know I would never have made it without God being there.


Julie Ruble October 10, 2013 at 11:38 pm

I love that story, Martha!! Thank you for sharing. It sounds like your time with your husband was very special.


Jennie @themessybakerblog October 9, 2013 at 6:54 pm

David sounds like a great friend. These pumpkin pillows look scrumptious. Pinned.


Kelly October 11, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Hello princess Julie….I just found your site thru pinterest. I read your story about your friend telling you “God is already there”….that is such a precious and simple message. It just brought me to tears. God is there for everything I do and face…He is so patient and kind, even when I am so inconsistent. Thank you for sharing this sweet story. I love how you share your recipes…but the heart in your stories are just as important as the recipes. I am keeping you on my radar! :)


Keri October 26, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Hi! My friend and I were making these the other night…unfortunately we only had a muffin tin that had 6 spaces so it took forever and we never finished the filling!! Do you have any tips for using up the rest of the filling? Thanks!


Julie Ruble October 26, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Hi Keri! I’d roll it up in more crescent dough (just in normal crescent shapes this time) and create little pumpkin croissants :)


Rebecca October 31, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Hey there :D I just made these and they are wonderful! One question: is the inside of the popover supposed to be like a filling still after it is cooked? or should it be more solid like cheesecake? Thank you!!


Julie Ruble October 31, 2014 at 10:03 pm


It’s a custardy filling after baking, not solid. So glad you enjoyed them!


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