Easy Last-Minute Christmas Desserts: Pumpkin Roll and More!

Updated on December 25, 2019
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Rebecca is a retired special education teacher. She earned a master's degree at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA.

This pumpkin roll takes just 15 minutes to make.
This pumpkin roll takes just 15 minutes to make. | Source

Fabulously Easy and Delicious: The Pumpkin Roll

Once again, it is just a few days before Christmas. If you find yourself needing just one more dessert dish to get through all the festivities, consider making a pumpkin roll. This easy recipe only takes 15 minutes to bake, though it looks and tastes like more effort went into its creation than actually did.

Three Great Things About a Pumpkin Roll

  1. It's really easy and doesn’t take a lot of time.
  2. The ingredients are mostly basic items you probably already have on hand. You won’t have to dash out to the grocery store and stand in a two-mile-long line for three things. I had canned pumpkin, about the only thing I don’t normally have around, leftover from Thanksgiving.
  3. It looks great, and it's delicious, too.

What Exactly Is a Pumpkin Roll?

Pumpkin rolls are made with pumpkin and flour that, along with eggs, sugar, and spices, produces a really moist cake. The batter is spread evenly in a jelly roll pan or on a cookie sheet. After baking it's placed in a moist linen towel that's sprinkled with powdered sugar. The towel is rolled up while the cake cools. The cake is unrolled and spread with a cream cheese filling. Once again, it is rolled up and put in plastic wrap. After chilling, slice the pumpkin cake and serve it cold with a hot beverage like coffee or spiced tea. Delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, and spices.
  3. Add the eggs and pumpkin.
  4. Stir the ingredients until well blended.
  5. Pour the batter into a greased and floured jelly roll pan.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Allow the cake to cool and loosen with a spatula.
  8. Carefully remove the cake by turning the pan over a damp linen towel sprinkled with powdered sugar. Cut into slices.

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Combine the dry ingredientsFold in the pumpkin and eggsRoll the cake in a damp linen cloth
Combine the dry ingredients
Combine the dry ingredients
Fold in the pumpkin and eggs
Fold in the pumpkin and eggs
Roll the cake in a damp linen cloth
Roll the cake in a damp linen cloth

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    • rebeccamealey profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for the pins, and Merry Christmas to you. I'm making that Christmas crunch cake tomorrow!

    • Rachel L Alba profile image

      Rachel L Alba 

      6 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      All of your desserts looks beautiful and mouth watering. I love them all. I will be pinning them and looking them up to make them. Thanks for sharing and hope you have a Blessed Christmas.

    • rebeccamealey profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks, Linda. They sound easy, too. I'm going to try the Christmas crunch cake.

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      6 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the sound of your pumpkin roll! The other desserts look delicious, too, especially the two poke cakes. I think they would be lovely at Christmas and at any other time of the year.

    • rebeccamealey profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks! It was easy, too!

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 

      6 months ago from USA

      Great suggestions when you have too much to do and not enough time! My favorite is the pumpkin roll.

    • rebeccamealey profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks, Pamela. Hope this hub was helpful. Merry Christmas!

    • rebeccamealey profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      You're welcome. I'd made the pumpkin roll before, now it's a tough decision to pick which dessert to make next!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Each of these desert suggestions sounds wonderful. The pictures make me want to try each one, which will not happen between now and Christmas, but maybe I will try one of them. Thanks for sharing such good recipes.

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      Linda Chechar 

      6 months ago from Arizona

      Everyone of these look delicious! I have to make a couple of these recipes for Christmas and New Year's Eve. Thanks for sharing!

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