Jack-o’-Lantern Cream Puffs

“These jack-o’-lanterns may look spooky on the outside, but inside is a creamy, sweet treat. The classic flavour of pumpkin pie spice will have all your ghosts and goblins screaming for more!” —Karalee Helminak, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Jack-o’-Lantern Cream PuffsPhoto: Taste of Home
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
12servings 1hour 30minutes + cooling
Servings Prep Time
12servings 1hour
Cook Time
30minutes + cooling
Portions: servings
Portions: servings
  1. In a small saucepan, bring the water, butter and sugar to a boil.
  2. 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 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.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°. Drop 12 rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto a greased baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, 30-35 minutes. Remove to a wire rack. Immediately split puffs open; remove tops and set aside. Discard soft dough from inside. Allow puffs to cool completely.
  4. For filling, in a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar and pie spice until smooth; fold in whipped topping. Pipe into cream puffs; replace tops.
  5. For frosting, in a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, butter, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Divide frosting into thirds; tint one portion green, and one portion orange; set aside. Stir cocoa into the remaining frosting. Pipe jack-o'-lantern faces with orange and chocolate frosting. Pipe stems with green frosting.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
1 cream puff: 152 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 72mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fibre), 3g protein.