Pumpkin Surprise

The first time I made this special dessert was for my friends dinner party right before their wedding, we served a 25 person sit down dinner and this was the dessert. I just love to serve this little surprise it makes the dinner so special. It really is very easy to make and is delicious, very rich in flavor. The surprise inside the pumpkin is like a pecan pie surrounded by pumpkin pie. You might want to make two per guest, someone always says do you have another one of those?

Pumpkin Surprise at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Pumpkin Surprise
Miz Helen's Kitchen
8 Mini Pumpkins
1 1/3 cups pecan halves quartered
1/2 stick butter
1 cup maple flavored syrup
3 eggs, slightly beaten at room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
Wash and dry the pumpkins
Cut the tops off of the pumpkins and clean the seeds and fiber out of the cavity
Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper, you will be very glad you use the parchment if they spill over and sometimes they will just a bit
Place the pumpkins on the parchment paper lined baking dish
Add the pecans on the bottom of each pumpkin cavity, dividing the pecans equally between the pumpkins
Slightly beat the room temperature eggs, add the vanilla and sugar to the eggs and mix well, set aside
In a medium sauce pan melt the butter, remove from heat and let cool to room temperature
Add the syrup to the cooled butter, very carefully stir in the eggs and mix well
Dividing the mixture, pour the mixture over each of the pumpkin's cavities to cover the pecans leaving a small space at the top of the pumpkin
Place the tops of the pumpkins by the filled pumpkins
Bake at 350 degrees 45 minutes or until filling is set
Let cool for 15 minutes before transferring to a serving dish
Serve warm or at room temperature
Garnish with whipped cream and roasted pecans

Clean The Pumpkins

Pumpkin Surprise at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Fill Each Pumpkin With The Mix

Ready To Serve A Crowd

Pumpkin Surprise at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Or A Dinner For Two

Pumpkin Surprise at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

This One Is Just For You!

Pumpkin Surprise at Miz Helen's Country Cottage


Thank you so much for stopping by to enjoy this Pumpkin Surprise with me today. Your visits are always very important to me and we look forward to seeing you again real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen
Miz Helen

Cookbook Author, Recipe Developer, Organic Gardner.


  1. How CUTE !!!!
    Such beautiful and most delicious desserts :)
    I wish we had here mini pumpkins like these

  2. Those are adorable! And they sound amazingly delicious. Great recipe!!

  3. This sounds so easy and delicious and looks fabulous!

  4. Miz Helen,
    Those are the cutest things I've seen yet! People use these for decorations and I've never thought about it for food.

  5. These look great! I tried this once, attempting to bake a pecan pie in a mini pumpkin. I guess I filled each little pumpkin with too much filling, it puffed up, ran over, and made a huge mess in the bottom of my oven, not to mention filling the house with a burned pecan funk.

  6. These are just fabulous, Miz Helen! Wish I could have one to enjoy right now!'
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Are those not the cutest little desserts??!! I wish I could have one right now.

  8. Not only does this sound delicious it makes such a beautiful presentation. Thanks for bring it to foodie friday.

  9. These pumpkins are too cute! Sounds delicious too! Thank you for the recipe!

  10. This is too cute! I would love if you would come linkup with me today!

  11. What a fun surprise! I like the pumpkin container. You are so creative! Thanks.

  12. What a delicious idea, Miz Helen, and what a lovely presentation! Thank you for sharing your Pumpkin Surprises at the Hearth and Soul hop.

  13. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe on a recent edition of Saturday Spotlight on Angels Homestead Miz Helen. Have a great weekend and hope to see you again soon!



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