Pumpkin Spice Dumplings by Grits and Gouda

Published: Sep. 13, 2022 at 10:34 AM CDT
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Pumpkin Spice Dumplings by Grits and Gouda


  • 6 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canned or homemade pumpkin puree (See note)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 8-ounce can refrigerated crescent roll dough ( I used Pillsbury)
  • Vanilla ice cream (optional... not really)


  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Butter the bottom of a 9x9-inch baking dish or 2 quart casserole dish. Just use the partial stick of butter (6 tablespoons) and lightly rub the cut around the bottom only of the dish.
  • Place the partial stick of butter in a medium size microwave-safe bow and cut the butter into 4 pieces.Tip: Cutting the butter into pieces prevents the butter from bursting in your microwave.
  • Add 1 cup of the brown sugar to the bowl. Set aside the remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Stir the cornstarch into the brown sugar by pushing it around with a spoon. (Butter stays in pieces). This helps distribute the cornstarch evenly.
  • Stir in the water and vanilla. Microwave, uncovered, on HGH for 2 minutes. (My microwave is 1100 watts) Remove the bowl with potholders. Then, stir carefully because it’s hot. Microwave 1 additional minute; stir well. Sugar should be dissolved and butter melted.
  • Meanwhile, combine pumpkin puree, remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice in a small bowl.
  • Unroll crescent rolls and cut them into triangles along the perforated edges. Place 2 tablespoons pumpkin mixture on the wide end of the triangles Fold edges of the wide end slightly toward the center; roll up the triangle to form a crescent roll shape. Arrange the dumplings in the casserole dish with the small tip end facing down.
  • Give the hot mixture a quick stir and pour it over the dumplings. It will look like a lot of liquid but it will thicken up! Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. Bake on the middle rack for 35 minutes or until the dumplings are browned on top and the sauce is hot and bubbly.
  • Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving to finish thickening the sauce.I highly recommend serving with vanilla ice cream.