Spiked Pumpkin Roll Recipe

Brown Sugar & Cinnamon

One tried-and-true festive family tradition we treasure is my mother’s pumpkin roll. Per our repeated request, she makes this delicious dish every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This roll is too sensational to keep a secret, so (with her blessing of course) I am sharing the recipe here with you today. Check out our video to watch her make one of my most treasured family recipes. Enjoy as a morning meal that’s simple to serve when having guests over. This pumpkin roll recipe can even be put together and froze ahead of time, then thawed overnight and served the next day. May our time-honored tradition be a treat to you and yours this season.



¾ Cup All-Purpose Flour

½ Teaspoon Baking Powder

½ Teaspoon Baking Soda

½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

½ Teaspoon Ground Cloves

¼ Teaspoon Salt

3 Large Eggs, room temperature

1 Cup Granulated Sugar

2/3 Cup Pure Pumpkin Puree

1 Cup Chopped Pecans

Shortening for Greasing Pans


1 8 oz Cream Cheese, room temperature

1 Cup Sifted Powdered Sugar, plus extra for dusting

1 Tablespoon Jackson Morgan in Brown Sugar and Cinnamon

6 Tablespoons Butter, room temperature

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease a 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan with shortening, then place a piece of wax paper on the pan allowing a few inches of overlap. Grease the wax paper.

In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set the flour mixture aside. In an electric mixer fitted with a flat beater, beat the eggs and sugar together until the mixture thickens on medium speed. Then add the pumpkin to the mixer. After combined, add the flour mixture a little at a time until the batter is smooth and well combined. Pour the batter on the jelly roll pan and smooth evenly, make sure the batter covers all the corners of the pan. Then sprinkle with pecans. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the cake springs back when touched.

While the cake is baking, sprinkle a thin kitchen towel with powdered sugar. Remove the cake immediately from the pan with the overlap of the wax paper and place the cake side down on the towel. Carefully peel back the wax paper. Using the kitchen towel, roll the cake up at the narrow end. Then place the rolled-up cake and towel in the fridge to cool while you make the filling (20-30 minutes).

With an electric mixer fitted with a flat beater combine the cream cheese, butter, Jackson Morgan Southern Cream, and vanilla on medium speed. Once combined add the powdered sugar at low speed carefully until smooth. Check the cake in the fridge to make sure it is cooled. Unroll the cake and spread the cream cheese mixture on the cake, then roll the cake up without the towel. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a few hours. Sprinkle with powdered sugar when ready to serve, then use a sharp serrated knife to slice the cake.

To make ahead, allow the finished pumpkin roll to sit in the fridge for an hour after making wrapped in plastic wrap. Tightly wrap the plastic-wrapped pumpkin roll in aluminum foil then place it in the freezer. When ready to serve allow the pumpkin roll to thaw in the fridge overnight. Serve cold.

Welcome guests into your home with this make-ahead recipe that can be sliced and served upon their arrival. Stay tuned for how to get your guest room ready for company this holiday season!

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