Lazy Pumpkin and Pecan Pie Pockets
Lazy Pumpkin and Pecan Pie Pockets

Lazy Pumpkin and Pecan Pie Pockets

Recipe by: Willow Bird Baking
Yield: about 28 crescents

What’s a lazy gal to do when she wants a Pumpkin and Pecan Pie Pastry Braid without the work? Make this easy version using canned crescent rolls, of course! This recipe yields around 28 filled crescents, leaving you with about 4 unfilled crescents to bake off plain.

Pumpkin Pie Filling Ingredients:
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon melted butter
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ginger
pinch salt

Pecan Pie Filling Ingredients:
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 heaping cup coarsely chopped pecans

Other Ingredients:
4 cans big crescent rolls
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons maple flavoring (to taste)
sprinkling of cinnamon (optional)

Make the pumpkin pie filling: Beat the cream cheese in a large bowl until fluffy. Add the pumpkin, melted butter, and heavy cream and mix to combine. Add the sugar and beat to combine. Add the egg, vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger and beat to combine. Set this in the fridge to firm up a bit.

Make the pecan pie filling: Whisk together maple syrup, brown sugar, egg, sugar, melted butter, flour, and vanilla extract. Fold in nuts. Set this in the fridge.

Assemble: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (or whatever your crescent roll package advises.) Line four baking sheets with parchment paper and open a roll of crescents onto each sheet. Carefully pull apart the crescents and push them to widen/flatten them before scooping a heaping tablespoon of pumpkin filling and then another of pecan filling onto the middle. Roll the crescent up, pinching the seams tightly as you go, and line the filled crescents up on the prepared baking sheets. Don’t worry if the first few leak a little — you’ll get the hang of it! Confused? See the video tutorial below for a demo.

Bake and glaze: Bake the crescents for 12-15 minutes (or however long your crescent roll package advises) until they’re very golden (if you take them out when they’re just barely colored, they might be doughy inside) before removing them to cool. If you bake all 4 pans at once, make sure to rotate the pans and switch racks in the middle of baking — I just baked 2 pans at a time. Whisk all the glaze ingredients together and drizzle over the warm crescents. Serve immediately.

10 Comments on Lazy Pumpkin and Pecan Pie Pockets

  1. Lee - Fit Foodie Finds
    November 18, 2014 at 7:20 am (7 years ago)

    So awesome that you got to go to Aldi HQ. I love this recipe- so easy, but show-stoppin’ delish!

  2. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet
    November 18, 2014 at 9:20 am (7 years ago)

    I love shopping at Aldi! Their baking section is awesome! These pockets look fantastic! So easy and my kiddos will love it!

  3. Alyssa
    November 18, 2014 at 9:26 am (7 years ago)

    These look so good! I have actually never been to an ALDI, my mom goes all the time and loves it. That wine sounds good too, unfortunately grocery stores can’t sell wine in my state.

  4. Victoria
    November 18, 2014 at 1:18 pm (7 years ago)

    Pumpkin + Pecan is the best! Looks so delicious!

  5. Linda @ Giggles, Gobbles and Gulps
    November 18, 2014 at 1:52 pm (7 years ago)

    I watched your visit to Aldi on social media and I was jealous! I love ALDI! Your recipe looks fantastic.

  6. Jane S
    November 19, 2014 at 10:14 am (7 years ago)

    This looks really yummy! And I am excited to find out so much about Aldi! Especially that they carry GF items! I will definitely give them a try.

  7. Rachel
    November 20, 2014 at 11:17 am (7 years ago)

    I’m totally a wine non-taster. Like, I definitely enjoy wine, and if you gave me two wines side by side and said “A or B” like at the eye doctor, I guess I could say which one I liked better, but no way can I figure out all those subtle flavors. I’m more of a craft beer connoisseur.

    Re. Aldi, we have one here but it’s like 15 minutes from me, which doesn’t sound that far except for that I have two Reasor’s, Sprouts, and several Walmart Neighborhood Markets within about 10 minutes! (and the Aldi is in a part of town that I don’t really go to for anything else, so I can’t batch errands.) I need to go check it out though, on a weekend or something!


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