These luscious pumpkin croissants are bursting at the seams with rich pumpkin puree and cream cheese filling. Perfect for breakfast or dessert!

Baked Pumpkin Croissants with sugar

Years ago, my friend introduced me to this foolproof hack for quick pumpkin croissants. By using Pillsbury Crescent Rolls instead of fussing around making your own dough, you can get fresh-baked pastries on the table in a fraction of the time without compromising homemade flavor.

The best part? This recipe only calls for 4 simple ingredients! From prep to table, they take under 30 minutes to make and can be eaten for breakfast or dessert.

How to Make Pumpkin Flavored Croissants

Making these croissants is so easy, you can hardly call it a recipe. Below, find a quick overview of the process before you dive in.

  • Soften the Cream Cheese: Allow the cream cheese to soften at room temperature to make it easier to work with.
  • Make the Filling: Using a spatula or a hand mixer, combine the cream cheese, 1/4 cup of sugar, and pumpkin puree until smooth.
  • Assemble the Croissants: Remove the Pillsbury Crescent Dough from the package. Spread the pumpkin puree on each triangle of dough and roll it up.
  • Bake the Croissants: Assemble the croissants on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkle the tops with sugar. Bake at 375°F for about 15 minutes, or until the croissants turn golden brown.

Tips for Making the Best Pumpkin Croissants

Below, find some pro tips to make planet’s best croissants with pumpkin.

  • Allow the cream cheese to soften at room temperature. Allow the cream cheese to soften at room temperature so it’s super easy to mix with the pumpkin puree and sugar.
  • Give the croissants enough room. Give each croissant an inch or so of space between one another on the baking sheet. As they bake, they will expand a bit and you’ll want to prevent them from sticking.
  • Add a bit of pumpkin pie spice. If you want to make these croissants more fall-inspired, add a tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice to the filling.
  • Make your own pumpkin puree. Make your own easy pumpkin puree for a fresher-tasting croissant. To do so, bake a small 4-6 pound baking pumpkin in the oven at 400°F until soft. Remove the flesh from the rind and puree in a food processor with a bit of sea salt.
Baked Pumpkin Croissants with sugar

Storing Pumpkin Croissants

  • Refrigerator: Store leftover croissants in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They should keep for up to 5 days.
  • Freezer: Freeze leftover croissants by placing them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Pop the baking sheet in the freezer until the croissants are completely frozen. Transfer to a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months.

Reheating Tip: Reheat pumpkin croissants in a toaster oven, air fryer, or conventional oven until they turn crispy.


Is canned pumpkin the same as pureed pumpkin?

Yes, canned pumpkin is the same as pureed pumpkin.

Where can I find pumpkin puree?

You can find pumpkin puree in the canned aisle at most grocery stores. Trader Joe’s has a wonderful variety.

How long do pumpkin croissants take to bake in the oven?

Pumpkin croissants only take 12 minutes to bake at 350°F. You may need to adjust this 1-2 minutes in either direction depending on your oven. The best rule of thumb is to pull them out once they turn golden brown.

Can you freeze baked pumpkin croissants?

Yes, you can freeze baked pumpkin croissants. To do so, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Pop the baking sheet into the freezer. Once completely frozen, transfer the croissants to a freezer-safe bag and store them for up to 3 months.

Is there any other filling I can use besides pumpkin?

If you’re not a huge fan of pumpkin, you can use Nutella, sugar with cinnamon, or cream cheese and sugar.

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.