Whether you're a pumpkin fan or not, these chocolate pumpkin pastry twists are sure to be a hit. A deliciously simple combination with a bit of sweet, a bit of spice, crisp pastry and soft filling. So good.
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It's pumpkin season, and I have to say we are loving it. I know some people find it all a bit much, and I admit I find the whole pumpkin spice everything a bit over the top. But REAL pumpkin, now that's something different.
My eldest son got super excited when he first say pumpkins in the supermarket a couple weeks ago and nagged me to get one. In fairness, it didn't take much nagging.
In the past, many of my pumpkin creations have been more savory, like pumpkin arancini (risotto balls), pumpkin gnocchi and pumpkin broccoli soup. But I have gone down the sweet line too with the chocolate chip and pumpkin empanadas I made last year.
These chocolate pumpkin pastry twists take a bit of inspiration from those empanadas but are so incredibly easy to make.
I made them one day while my son was in school and we shared some with his teachers. They were an instant hit with everyone, even my husband who is not always that big in to sweeter things.
I say sweet, but actually these aren't over-the-top sweet, relying mainly on the chocolate. But it's definitely enough, especially with the tasty mix of textures.
How to make chocolate pumpkin pastry twists
As you'll have seen in the video above, all you do is mix together some pumpkin puree, mascarpone, maple syrup and cinnamon. Then divide up some puff pastry into strips and top each with some of the pumpkin mixture. Dot on some chocolate chips and twist them up. Transfer to a baking sheet and brush with egg wash then bake.
See just how easy they are to make in the short video!
Gently sweet spiced pumpkin, gooey chocolate and crisp pastry, these chocolate pumpkin pastry twists have so much going for them with so little effort. They're the perfect, easy treat for fall and I know we'll definitely be making them again soon.
Want other ideas for those chocolate chips? Try these!
Plus get more snack recipes, both sweet and savory, as well as fall recipes (including lots of pumpkin ideas!) in the archives.
Chocolate pumpkin pastry twists
- ¼ cup pumpkin puree 63g
- 1 tablespoon mascarpone
- ½ tablespoon maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ sheet puff pastry
- 1 egg for egg wash (won't use all)
- ¼ cup bittersweet chocolate chips
- 1 egg for egg wash (won't need all)
- Preheat oven to 400F/200C and line a medium baking sheet/tray.
- Blend together the pumpkin puree, mascarpone, maple syrup and cinnamon.
- Cut the pastry into strips about 1in/2.5cm thick. Spread some of the pumpkin mixture on each strip of pastry so there is a thin layer across the top. Dot the top of each strip with chocolate chips then carefully twist each strip so the pastry holds the filling inside it in a twist (see pics above).
- Transfer the strips to the baking sheet/tray and brush the top with egg wash. Bake for approx 15 minutes until golden brown on top. Allow them to cool a couple minutes before serving so the pastry can firm up a bit.
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See more pumpkin ideas:
- Pumpkin Shrub by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Miso Broth with Roast Pumpkin and Noodles by Sprinkles and Sprouts
- Roasted Pumpkin Apple Bacon Soup by Food Lust People Love
- Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Bread by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Walnut Streusel by Baking Sense
- Pumpkin Kugel by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Pumpkin Monkey Bread Muffins by Jersey Girl Cooks
- Pumpkin Blondies by Pies and Plots
- Pumpkin Bread Pudding by The Freshman Cook
- Pumpkin Hand Pies by Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Pumpkin Pot Au Creme by Cooking On The Ranch
LOVE pumpkin and chocolate together, and how simple these pastry twists are, Caroline! What a great idea for parties. They look so good! Pinned!
Thanks Michelle, they're that great combination of tasty and easy!
What an amazingly simple creative idea! I'm always looking for new ways to use pumpkin and squash!
Thanks Ally, I know what you mean - squash and pumpkin can take a bit of eating sometimes, but in a good way. Always good to have some more ideas and I think this will be a great one to add to your list!
Steve @ the black peppercorn
These look so delicious! Great idea
Thanks Steve, they really are tasty!
What a delicious and creative idea!
These are so elegant and party worthy!
First of all, I totally agree that the whole "pumpkin spice" thing is a bit much and I also agree that I love real pumpkin flavor. These twists are lovely and would be perfect for a holiday cocktail party since they're not overly sweet.
Thanks Eileen, I agree they'd be great for a party!
Perfect party food for fall!
Thanks Cindy, you know I hadn't particularly thought about them for parties but you are right!
I love keeping puff pastry on hand. This is a delicious and creative dessert.
I agree, it so often comes in handy. Thanks, these are really tasty!