These bite-size puffs of pumpkin goodness have got a lot going for them, but pie-construction is not one of them. These could either be a quick appetizer or the easiest dessert ever!

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Puffs from The Food Charlatan

So you know how everybody always has that One Neighbor? Growing up ours was the guy who painted a giant mural of mallard ducks on the front of his house. Or maybe WE were That Neighbor. When I was in high school my parents accidentally painted their house pink. My mom called it “mauve” but I’m just being real Mom, it was pink.

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Puffs from The Food Charlatan

Our new neighbors (around the corner, thank goodness) beat both of those though. They have a stoplight in their front yard. A real, working stoplight, which by the way, are way huger than you think when you see them at eye level. And every night it’s turned on:

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Puffs from The Food Charlatan

There it is, for all to enjoy. I always wanted to live in the red light district…wait. Do you have any weird neighbors??

We are in that stage of moving in where enough stuff is unpacked that we can function, and you realize that all the remaining boxes have the stuff you don’t really need. Someone told us that any box you don’t unpack after 6 months goes on the giveaway pile. Should we do it?? I might get rid of a lot of Eric’s books that way.

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Puffs from The Food Charlatan

We did add one more thing to our list of posessions: Eric got me the new Cinderella movie for my birthday this week. I’ve had it on repeat the whole time I’ve been working on this post. I’m such a sucker for that story! It was always my favorite.

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Puffs from The Food Charlatan

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Puffs from The Food Charlatan

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Puffs from The Food Charlatan

My birthday was awesome, by the way! I got so many messages from people, and at dinner that night I told Eric, you would not believe how many people contacted me today! And he looked just a little too smug. And then he admitted that he may have gently reminded some people. Sorry to any of my friends who were coerced. It certainly made my day though!

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Puffs from The Food Charlatan

I guess you guys are ready for pumpkin season! I posted this Easy Pumpkin Pie Cake last week and was surprised by the attention it got, it’s already up to almost 4k pins. If you are ready, so am I!

Here is another super easy pumpkin pie alternative. It’s quick to throw together: bake the puffs, whip up a cream cheese pumpkin filling, then toss it in and serve. Have you guys tried those puff pastry cups? They are so good for stuffing with just about anything. This would be great to serve up on Halloween, Thanksgiving, or any other get together you’re heading to this fall. Or maybe just at home alone on a Wednesday night.

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Cream Cheese Pumpkin Puffs

Serves Makes 24 cups     adjust servings


  • 1 package puff pastry cups (not shells, not sheets)
  • 1 8-oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • Pecan halves, to garnish


  1. Bake the pastry cups according to package directions. I followed the egg wash instructions, but you can totally skip that step.
  2. Poke a hole in the center of each puff with the end of a wooden spoon and let cool.
  3. Meanwhile, in large bowl or stand mixer beat together the cream cheese, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, salt, and powdered sugar.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the cooled cups. Or you can pipe them in: I like to place a ziplock in a cup and spoon the filling into the cup. Then snip a corner and pipe (see photo).
  5. Garnish with a pecan half, toasted if you have time.
  6. These taste really good with cinnamon-sugar sprinkled on top!


If you make this recipe, share it on Instagram using the hashtag #TheFoodCharlatan so I can see it!

Other quick and easy appetizers to fall in love with!

2-Ingredient Nutella Puffs (these never get old)

2 Ingredient Nutella Puffs from The Food Charlatan

Easy Strawberries and Cream Appetizer:

Easy Strawberries and Cream Appetizer from The Food Charlatan

Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites:

Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites from The Food Charlatan

And in case you missed it last week, Easy Pumpkin Pie Cake!

Easy Pumpkin Pie Cake from The Food Charlatan

Other sweet appetizers for fall!

Pumpkin Popcorn Balls from Mom on Timeout << are these not so cute??
Skinny Pumpkin Pie Dip from Averie Cooks
Mini Pumpkin Pies from My Baking Addiction