Jack O Lantern Puff Pastries Filled with Pumpkin
In search of the perfect Halloween treat? These Jack O Lantern puff pastries are exactly what you have been looking for, they are simple, delicious, and look professional!
Remove puff pastry from the freezer and box and place on the counter to thaw. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
To a small bowl add a full can of pumpkin puree,1 egg, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, light brown sugar, and salt. Mix thoroughly.
Once the puff pastry has completely thawed begin to cut out 16 even-sized pumpkin shapes. If you have a cookie cutter that works best, but you can also use a drinking glass and then pull the pastry gently to create a pumpkin shape.
Place eight of the pumpkins on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and put a tablespoon of the pumpkin mixture in the center.
Whisk the remaining egg in a small bowl to create an egg wash. Lightly brush the edges of the pastry with the egg wash.
With the remaining eight pumpkins cut out small jack-o-lantern faces or simply make 4 cuts to mimic the grooves of a pumpkin.
Place these pieces of puff pastry on top of the pieces with the pumpkin filling and the egg wash. Make sure you carefully seal the edges together or else they will separate in the oven and your pumpkin filling will leak.
Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes (the tops should be golden brown).
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before serving (about 20 minutes)
These Jack O Lantern puff pastries are the perfect Halloween treat. I was inspired to make these after seeing a creator on Tiktok do something similar with skeletons. After watching the video I thought I just had to make Jack O Lantern puff pastries with a pumpkin filling. Not only are they perfect for Halloween, but the pastries with the simple pumpkin design are perfect for fall.
If you want a crispy, flaky, buttery pastry with the perfect amount of custardy pumpkin in the center then these Jack O Lantern puff pastries are for you. It was almost impossible to wait for these to cool down after taking them out of the oven before having a taste.
How to Get the Signature Jack O Lantern Shape
The only tricky thing with making these Jack O Lantern puff pastries was cutting out the shape. I didn’t have a pumpkin cookie cutter so I had to get creative with everything I had on hand in my kitchen.
Once the puff pastry is nearly thawed (still a bit tough so the dough stays together better when working with it). Take the rim of a drinking glass and move it in a circular motion around a portion of the dough careful to not make a full circle. Leave about an inch of space at the top and with a knife cut out the shape of a stem. Then gently pull at the sides of the circle to make a more oblong pumpkin shape.
If this sounds complicated, it’s okay because I found the perfect solution for all of you at home that also don’t have the perfect cookie cutter for these Jack O Lantern puff pastries. Walmart sells these pumpkin cookie cutters that you can use to cut out your puff pastry dough.
These Jack O Lantern puff pastries were seriously so fun to make and will impress everyone at your upcoming fall parties. You have to give time a try!
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