Pumpkin Mascarpone Pillows with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

in Desserts

I really love sleeping.

I know most people like sleeping, but I really really love it. I don’t like sleeping for long periods of time (hello headaches), but the sleep I do get is heavenly. I wake up sometimes wishing I could repeat the sleep.

Like, I wish I could go back in time to midnight and do the whole thing over again. Which is sort of ironic, considering I fall asleep at midnight dreaming about the next morning cup of coffee.

I lay my head down on my pillow and can literally hear the sound of the coffee pouring out of my chemex and into my mug. I’m a weird human, I understand.

Despite my sleep-loving attitude, I’m not particular about pillows. I don’t need fancy pillows, goose-down pillows, thempur-pedic pillows (though I actually have one and love it) or any of that fancy stuff. I just need something a piece of foam that smells good and is soft. I’m a simple pillow person!

But if I’m gonna eat pillows, I need them to be stuffed with cool stuff like spiced pumpkin and mascarpone and lemon zest. Very important.

This pumpkin pillow making process starts with pumpkin puree being mixed with good stuff like mascarpone cheese (cream cheese could be a substitute too), lemon zest/lemon juice, and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

About a half teaspoon of the pumpkin mixture is added to the center of store-bought wonton wrappers.

A little egg white is brushed on the edges and you fold the wonton wrapper over, making a triangular shape.

And then you repeat the process over and over again. This recipe makes about 24 little pumpkin pillows.

But doubling this recipe is a very good idea, because if you’re making them for a group of people, they’ll go fast!

Heat up about an inch of oil and then gently place them in the fryer. There’s no photo of this step because a camera near hot oil is always a dangerous little prospect. AND I have terrible light in my kitchen. Alternatively, you could bake these at 350F. I tried to test this baking situation for you buys and put a few in the oven but like a moron completely forgot about them and burned them to a crisp. So, I’ll say be safe and check them at the 10-minute mark and go from there. Alternative FAIL!

I love these little pillows, especially dipped in this cinnamon spiked whipped cream. I’m very into this little fall dessert snack. Not too time consuming, not too sweet, not too difficult. Pretty perfect.

Pumpkin Mascarpone Pillows and Cinnamon Whipped Cream

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Whipped cream:
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pumpkin Pillows:
1/4 cup, plus 1 tablespoon of pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon of mascarpone cheese
1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon of white granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of cloves
Pinch of salt
24 won-ton wrappers
1 egg white
Vegetable Oil

1. Add the whipped cream, sugar and cinnamon to a medium bowl. Using a stand-up mixer or hand-mixer, beat until medium peaks form. Wrap with plastic wrap and transfer to the refrigerator until the wontons are fried and you’re ready to serve.

2. In a medium bowl, add the pumpkin puree, mascarpone cheese, sugar, lemon zest and juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Mix until smooth. Sugar to taste. If you like it sweeter, by all means, add a bit more.

3. To assemble the pillows/wontons, lay them out onto your kitchen counter. Add a half teaspoon to the middle of each wonton. Using a pastry brush or your index finger, dip into the egg white and brush the edges of the wonton. Taking one corner, fold over to form a triangle and pressing out any air bubbles. Repeat process until all of the pillows are formed. If for some reason, you have to answer the phone or leave the process for more than 5 minutes, cover the wontons with a damp paper towel. This will make it so they don’t dry out.

4. To a cast iron skillet (or pot), add the vegetable oil until it reaches about 1-inch up the sides. Heat the oil ’til it reaches 350F. Add a few wontons at a time, being sure not to overcrowd the skillet, and fry on each side for 1 minute or until lightly golden brown. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Place cooked pillows into a warm (200F) oven to keep warm while you repeat the frying process with the remaining wontons. Serve right away with cinnamon whipped cream.

Yields 24 Pumpkin Pillows

{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

Margherita October 1, 2012 at 12:57 am

I thought you were using fillo dough but instead won-ton wrappers: genius!
I’m so making these pillows this week, just have to buy some pumpkin.


Farah October 1, 2012 at 3:43 am

Fantastic! Can we bake these instead of deep-frying?


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 1, 2012 at 4:29 am

These sound so lovely! Awesome idea!


Lynda October 1, 2012 at 4:44 am

Well, they look truly delicious, also love how seasonal they are, yum!




Abby@ Totes Delish Blog October 1, 2012 at 6:20 am

Freaking out over this. YUM!


Allie @ 6000 Miles to Home October 1, 2012 at 7:23 am

Anytime I see the word ‘mascarpone’ I’m intrigued, and when you add the word ‘pumpkin’ I’m hooked. I’m returning home from Italy this fall and I think this will add the perfect Italian flair to our family Thanksgiving – thanks for the recipe!


Katie @ Blonde Ambition October 1, 2012 at 9:45 am

Sweet wonton treats! Love it. These sound like they would be soo heavenly when they’re still warm.


Erin October 1, 2012 at 9:46 am

I cannot sleep in to save my life. I am always awake before 7am no matter what time I went to bed. Although this weekend I was able to fall back asleep until 9am because it was raining and gloomy out.


Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes October 1, 2012 at 10:28 am

How cute are these!? Love your blog :)


Adrianna October 1, 2012 at 11:21 am

Thanks, lady! x


TARTESANDCARO October 1, 2012 at 10:56 am

hello i need to test this brilliant idea!

this look like a very good dish

thanks and congrats for your creativity


Laura October 1, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I want someone to make these for me.


Nikki October 1, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Can’t wait to try these!! Any tips for possible baking instead of frying and what about ricotta cheese instead of mascarpone?
Love the recipes!


Adrianna October 1, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Yes, I actually attempted to test out the baking option, but unfortunately baked them for a bit too long. They should be good at 350F for 10-15 minutes. And yes, you can totally swap out ricotta for mascarpone, I’d maybe add a bit more lemon zest though. Do it to taste!


Alex October 1, 2012 at 3:19 pm

The photos are divine…


Nomadic Samuel October 1, 2012 at 5:01 pm

These look absolutely delicious :) I think the cinnamon added to the cream makes a lovely addition. I’m based in Korea these days and pumpkin based dishes are a local speciality. I just had a sweet glutinous rice based pumpkin porridge the other day with my girlfriend.


Adrianna October 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Oh wow. Pumpkin porridge sounds delicious!


Jen @ Savory Simple October 1, 2012 at 6:17 pm

This dessert is pure art! How gorgeous, I must make!


julie @ the semi-reformed nerd October 1, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Oh. Dear. Looks like I know what I’m doing this weekend. I have to try these… I have a serious, unforgiving love for all things pumpkin. And cinnamon. And whipped creams. YUM!!


Margeret October 1, 2012 at 11:53 pm

I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great. I don’t know who you are but definitely you’re going to a famous blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!


Angela Gilmore October 2, 2012 at 5:33 am

Yesterday I made some garlic pumkin puree, is it crazy to make a savory pumpkin pillow? I’m guessing I’d have to cut out the sugar? I’m going to experiment and I’ll let you know how it goes!


Angela October 2, 2012 at 5:34 am

Yesterday I made some garlic pumkin puree, is it crazy to make a savory pumpkin pillow? I’m guessing I’d have to cut out the sugar? I’m going to experiment and I’ll let you know how it goes! Oh and I think I am going to try baking them as well. (sorry for the duplicate comment, it went through before I was done!)


Adrianna October 2, 2012 at 9:35 am

Oh I love this idea! Definitely leave out the sugar. Maybe try adding some spices like cumin and paprika and maybe a little bit of onion powder. Please let me know how it goes! Very interested!


Angela October 2, 2012 at 9:15 pm

So I tried these with roasted garlic pumpkin puree and I left out the sugar. I tried them both fried and baked and they were amazing! Eric and I DEVOURED them! I posted my adapted recipe and linked back to yours. Thanks!


Adrianna October 2, 2012 at 9:29 pm

YAY! I need to try that. That sounds so awesome. :)


Yelle October 2, 2012 at 6:12 am

These are so cute and delicious looking! Just in time for pumpkin season!


Carissa October 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm

These look so yummy! I love the wonton wrapper idea.


Christina @ The Beautiful Balance October 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Pumpkin pillows? SOLD. I would definitely bake them to save on mess and added calories. You definitely seem to have great lighting in your kitchen. My images ALWAYS turn out yellow. UGH it is the most frustrating thing ever.


Adrianna October 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Blogger secret: I don’t shoot in my kitchen. I shoot in my living room because there’s much better light!


Carol | a cup of mascarpone October 2, 2012 at 5:17 pm

I just fell in love…


gigi October 2, 2012 at 9:17 pm

these look just heavenly! great idea. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ http://www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com


Emily : RainbowDelicious.com October 2, 2012 at 10:09 pm

These are so quaint and delicious looking!

I adore pumpkin but it feels wrong eating it when the weather is 90 degrees outside! California needs to warm up so I can enjoy this fall treat! Thanks for the recipe.


Adrianna October 2, 2012 at 11:01 pm

I HATE THIS WEATHER! HELP US ALL! But the end of the week is supposed to get nice.


Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet October 3, 2012 at 10:01 am

Once again, I am drooling on my keyboard 😉

These sound so delicious, but I have to agree with Emily above and say, way too hot in the Bay Area for pumpkin. Please cool down soon!


Bun October 3, 2012 at 10:39 am

holy crap these look so amaze. question though- where can I find the won-ton wraps? I’ve read online you can find them at any grocery store…but have yet to find em! …maybe I’m just looking in the wrong aisle??


Adrianna October 3, 2012 at 10:41 am

You can usually find the in the refrigerated section where they sell tofu. I found these at Whole Foods right next to the tofu. Hope that helps!


rosita vargas October 3, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Una idea genial me gustan tus recetas,abrazos grandes desde el sur de Chile,hugs,hugs.


Lauren Bux October 4, 2012 at 8:48 am

I’m totally making these tonight for dessert – maybe with a little vanilla bean ice cream action on the side? I totally freak out over the mess of deep frying in a hurry and for dinner guests, so I’m going to attempt baking them – I’ll report how it goes!


Lauren Bux October 5, 2012 at 4:33 am

So I made these last night and baked them, brushing them lightly with a beaten egg beforehand. You were right on the mark with the 350 for 10-15 suggestion (I left mine in closer to 15 minutes). They came out beautifully golden and crispy!

Oh and I used cream cheese (about 1.5 oz) instead of marscapone because I had it on hand. DELISH! Seriously, so yummy that I’m taking them to a party on Sunday now (easy enough seeing as I could only buy wonton wrappers in a pack of SIXTY).

Have a great weekend!


Heather October 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm

I loved this story about dreaming of the coffee. It is relieving to know I am NOT the only one who dreams of coffee brewing . These looked really tasty too. Please follow my newest blog, it sadly does not have any followers yet. Thank you have a blessed week !!! Heather


Allison Day October 9, 2012 at 3:17 am

I am such a sucker for anything in wonton wrappers, and that filling, even just on its own, sounds delightful!


BrittC October 10, 2012 at 8:18 am

Trader Joe’s totally tricked me into buying pumpkin (displayed with the boxes of pumpkin bread, like the bread needed it! Nope!) and now I know what to do with it. :) Hooray!


Sarah Beth October 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm

OMG these look amazing! I am totally making these tonight. :)


Beth October 11, 2012 at 9:45 am

WOW. These are awesome… saved it and cannot wait to have a chance to try these out! :)


Rosie October 11, 2012 at 11:03 am

MMMmmmm! I’d also like to try making with puff pastry brushed w/egg wash, sprinkled w/cinnamon sugar and baking.


Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama November 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm

These sound amazing!! Can’t wait to try them out.

I featured your recipe on my blog, come by and check it out:


Alyssa November 13, 2012 at 1:47 am

I had heaps of leftover pumpkin puree from making pumpkin pie that I didn’t know what to do with. I’m glad I came across this!


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