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Holiday Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Filling

Updated on January 20, 2023
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Cygnet Brown is a high school and middle school substitute teacher. She is the author of fourteen books and a long-time gardener.

Holiday Dessert and Appreciated Holiday Gift

Holidays bring families and friends together. Nothing brings families and friends together like special traditional foods, especially great desserts. This dessert is really not that difficult to make and is always a hit. At least in my circle of friends and family, it is certainly better appreciated than the traditional fruitcake.

Do you have financial challenges this season that make gift-giving a challenge? How about making several of these holiday pumpkin rolls ahead and giving as much-appreciated gifts? (sure beats gifting fruitcake!)

Cook Time for Holiday Pumpkin Roll

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 10 servings

Ingredients for Holiday Pumpkin Roll

  • Powdered Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cloves
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2/3 Cup Pureed Pumpkin
  • 1 Cup Chopped Walnuts, (optional)
  • 8 ounce package Cream Cheese
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1Teaspoon Vanilla
  • Additional Powdered Sugar

Instructions for Baking a Holiday Pumpkin Roll

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease 15x10 inch jellyroll pan. Line with waxed paper. Grease and flour paper. Sprinkle a tightly towel (tightly woven, not terrycloth) with powdered sugar.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt in a bowl. Mix eggs, sugar, and pumpkin into another bowl beat until creamy. Combine flour mixture with the wet ingredients.
  3. Spread mixture onto waxed paper in the jellyroll pan. Sprinkle with nuts.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until cake springs back when touched. Immediately loosen cake from the pan and turn cake onto the prepared towel.
  5. Carefully peel paper off the cake. Gently roll cake up into the towel. Cool on wire rack.
  6. Beat Cream Cheese, the cup of powdered sugar, butter, and sugar.
  7. Carefully unroll the towel carefully from the cake. Spread the cream cheese frosting over the cake. Reroll cake and wrap in plastic wrap.
  8. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

Did You Enjoy This Recipe?

5 stars from 1 rating of Holiday Pumpkin Roll

Make Ahead Holiday Pumpkin Roll For The Holiday Season

Remember how I suggested giving these as gifts earlier? Well, make some ahead for your own family too! That way, dessert is always ready during this busy time.

Make several of these desserts ahead of time before the holiday rush. Wrap them in plastic wrap, then place them in a gallon-sized freezer bag, and place them in the freezer.

Have a holiday luncheon at work? On the morning before the holiday event, remove it from the freezer, thaw it on its serving platter, and it is ready to serve. It couldn't be easier.

How to Decrease Sugar Or Fat Content in Holiday Pumpkin Roll

Although I prefer the original, others may want to decrease calories, fat, or sugar for various reasons. Here are some suggestions.

  • Replace cream cheese and butter with lower calorie versions
  • Replace granulated sugar with stevia or Splenda
  • Replace powdered sugar with sifted Splenda

Substitutes for Pumpkin in Holiday Pumpkin Roll

Even if you do not have any pumpkin, you can replace the pumpkin with equal amounts of any of these vegetables in this recipe. I will often use these ingredients in place of pumpkin and no one knows the difference!

  1. Pureed Winter Squash
  2. Pureed Sweet Potatoes
  3. Pureed Carrots

Not Sure You Want to Make Pumpkin Rolls? Make A Simple Pumpkin Pie instead!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Cygnet Brown


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