Pumpkin Pie Twists

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Pumpkin Pie Twists are an easy dessert made with puff pastry, pure pumpkin, warm spices, and a creamy hazelnut paste.

This easy recipe is perfect for the fall months or pumpkin season. That crunchy first bite will convert anyone into a pumpkin lover!

Pumpkin Pie Twists on a plate
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What are pumpkin pie twists? 

This tasty recipe is made with sheets of crescent roll dough or puff pastry dough layered with a sweet pumpkin mixture and then cut into long strips with a pizza cutter or sharp knife.

The dough is twisted around and then baked on a cookie sheet until crispy.

Serve them with hazelnut chantilly creme, melted chocolate, or whipped cream. It’s a dessert your whole family will love.


There are only four ingredients to make these pumpkin desserts, and you can find them at your local grocery store.

Pumpkin pie twist ingredients
  • Puff pastry
  • Pumpkin puree  
  • Pumpkin pie spice 
  • Sugar 
  • Hazelnut paste
  • Chantilly cream or whipped cream (optional for dipping) 

How to make pumpkin pie twists: 

Here’s a brief overview of how to make this dish. See the recipe card below for the specific recipe instructions. 

​​Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Mix pumpkin puree, spice mix, sugar, and hazelnut paste.

Pumpkin pie filling

Roll out the dough a little bit, and spread it with the pumpkin mixture.

Roll out dough
spread pumpkin filling

Slice dough into six equal strips

Twist the dough a few times and place it on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. 

slice into strips and twist

Bake for 10-12 minutes until the top becomes golden brown.

Sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice mix after baking and serve with chantilly cream. 


This delicious recipe can easily be adapted to fit your tastes and preferences. Here are some ideas that will help you make the best pumpkin twists you’ve ever had.

  • Brush the tops with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar before baking. 
  • Make a cream cheese frosting or vanilla icing and drizzle over the top after they come out of the oven.
  • Add chocolate chips, chopped nuts, toffee bits, or butterscotch chips to the pumpkin mixture.
  • Sprinkle the tops with brown sugar. This will caramelize and make them extra crunchy. 
  • Add vanilla extract to the batter.   
  • Gently shake some powdered sugar over the tops of the twists for a gorgeous presentation.

Dip for pumpkin pie twists? 

There are so many delicious options for dipping these easy pumpkin pie twists. Choose your favorite one or make a full-blown twist board with all different kinds of dips.

Serve pumpkin twists with whipped cream

Try these tasty dip ideas or come up with your own:

  • Nutella 
  • Melted chocolate 
  • Cream cheese dip 
  • Melted butterscotch chips 
  • Whipped peanut butter   
  • Maple syrup

What can I use if I don’t have pumpkin pie spice?  

You can easily make your own pumpkin spice using ground spices you already have in your pantry.

Add these spices to a small bowl and whisk them together. Taste the mixture to make sure you like the balance of flavors, and then you can add it to the pumpkin pie mix and on top of the pumpkin pie twists.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make your own pumpkin pie spice:

  • Ground cinnamon 
  • Nutmeg 
  • Ginger 
  • Allspice 
  • Cloves 

What’s the best way to make these less messy?

If you find that this delicious treat is a bit messy, there are a couple of things you can do to prevent this.

Use less pumpkin filling: These pumpkin pastry twists can become very messy if too much pumpkin mixture is spread between the layers of crescent roll sheets. Start with a very thin spread and increase until you have just the right amount so that when you twist them, the mixture doesn’t all fall out.

Twist the ends: Carefully twist each end two or three times in opposite directions while the piece of dough is laying on a clean counter or piece of parchment paper until it’s beautifully twisted.

Can I make these in an air fryer?  

You can easily make pumpkin pie twists in an air fryer if you don’t have access to an oven or if you just like using this fun appliance.

Twist the crescent roll dough filled with the pumpkin pie filling and set them on a prepared baking sheet or in the basket of smaller air fryers.

Cook at 375 degrees F until they’re crispy and golden brown.

How to serve   

Serve with whipped cream, cool whip, or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

These would be great on a holiday dessert table with apple pie bars, cranberry orange rolls, and pumpkin spice cookies!

How to store

On the counter: Keep these pumpkin roll twists in a large zip-top bag on the counter for up to three days.

Refrigerator: You can keep them fresh in the refrigerator for even longer, but the crust won’t be as crispy after a day. For best results reheat in the air fryer to crisp them back up.


What other dough can I use to make pumpkin pie twists? 

Try using crescent dough sheets, phyllo dough, or even pizza dough.   

Can I freeze pumpkin pie twists? 

Yes, you can freeze these pumpkin twists to save for later. Just place them in a gallon-size freezer bag or plastic airtight container in the freezer for up to three months.

How can I make these pumpkin pie twists easier to eat? 

You can easily make these twists easier to eat by cutting them into bite-size pieces. They’re perfect for kids this way!

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Pumpkin Pie Twists

5 from 2 votes
Delicious pumpkin pie filling and puff pastry dough is cut into long strips and topped with pumpkin spice. The dough is twisted and baked until crispy!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 22 minutes
Yield: 6 twists


  • 1 sheet puff pastry, or crescent roll dough
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, NOT pumpkin pie mix
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin spice
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp hazelnut paste


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Mix pumpkin puree, spice mix, sugar and hazelnut paste.
  • Roll out the dough a little bit and spread pumpkin mixture evenly on top.
  • Slice the dough into six equal strips.
  • Twist the dough a few times and place on a tray with baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until the top becomes golden brown.
  • Sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice mix after baking.


Serve with whipped cream, Nutella or ice cream and enjoy!


Serving: 1twist, Calories: 269kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Sodium: 103mg, Potassium: 74mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 3180IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American

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