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Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin Roll is one of my favorite Thanksgiving desserts! I like to make it when I can pick up pumpkin on sale and when I have free cream cheese! My Mother-in-Law passed this recipe to me and always makes it for me for Christmas. 

There is nothing better than a Pumpkin Roll on Thanksgiving Day! This is one of my favorite treats to enjoy during the holidays.

I love making it with my own homemade pumpkin puree too.

Homemade Pumpkin Roll is a delicious treat that my family loves to indulge in on the holidays. Pumpkin Roll is a dessert that I absolutely love and eat way too much of. But when the holidays are here I just can’t help myself. It does take time to make this Homemade Pumpkin Roll, but it is so worth it in the end.

I love to make 3 or 4 rolls at a time so that I can hand out some to my neighbors, friends or Peyton’s teachers at Christmas time. With each roll I can cut it into 4 sections for four different neighbors and friends. Our neighbors enjoy receiving their Homemade Pumpkin Roll every year.

You can also make your own Homemade Whipped Cream Cheese Icing.  Did you know that you can freeze cream cheese?  It works great and saves money!  I like to purchase cream cheese in bulk on sale and stockpile it for recipes.  Check out this post Can You Freeze Cream Cheese to find out how!

Be sure to check out this yummy Pumpkin Roll Recipe for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It is a tradition at our house.

Pumpkin Roll

There is nothing better than a Pumpkin Roll on Thanksgiving Day! This is one of my favorite treats to enjoy during the holidays.
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Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:1 hour


  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 TBSP melted butter
  • 6 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  • Beat 3 eggs for 3 minutes at high speed and gradually add 1 cup of sugar, 3/4 cup pumpkin, 1 tsp. lemon juice.
  • Stir 3/4 cup flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. nutmeg and 1/2 tsp. salt.
  • Mix together and pour into waxed paper lined jelly pan. Top with 1/2 cup chopped pecans.
  • Bake 375 - 15 minutes
  • Turn out on a clean kitchen towel that has been sprinkled with powdered sugar. Remove the waxed paper and roll up in the towel and cool 20 minutes. Unroll and spread with filling.


  • cup powdered sugar
  • TBSP melted butter
  • oz cream cheese
  • tsp. vanilla
  • Beat until smooth. Spread on cake. Roll up again. This can be frozen. Just let thaw before serving.


Mamaw Hice always makes this for Christmas and Thanksgiving.
Servings: 10 people
Author: Brenda Hice
Cost: $8


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  1. 2 Question’s – when baking with wax paper , which side goes against the food and which side goes down on the pan? I have asked this of many people and no one can answer me Also what size pan did you use for this pumkin roll ? thanks

  2. I’ve been looking for a pumpkin dessert to make for Thanksgiving this year and this looks delicious. I’m definitely going to try it.

  3. Thank you for posting this recipe! I lost my recipe & yours is a perfect replacement!!! Thus is such a great desert for anytime but it sure rings in the Christmas season for sure! Love it! Thank you!!!! :+)

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