Pumpkin Spice Cruffins

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Pumpkin Spice Cruffins — What you get when you marry a croissant with pumpkin spice and bake it in a muffin pan!! The EASIEST recipe that uses just a handful of convenience ingredients, ready in 20 minutes, and perfect for pumpkin season!

Pumpkin Spice Cruffins - What you get when you marry a croissant with pumpkin spice and bake it in a muffin pan!! The EASIEST recipe that uses just a handful of convenience ingredients, ready in 20 minutes, and perfect for pumpkin season!!

What Is a Cruffin? 

If you’ve never jumped on the cruffin bandwagon, now is your chance! Cruffins are a cross between a croissant and a muffin. Sometimes they’re filled with custards or other fillings, and they’re always super flaky and buttery. 

This super easy pumpkin spice cruffin recipe is ready in 20 minutes and takes advantage of refrigerated crescent roll dough, otherwise called croissant dough. As much as I love ordering handmade cruffins at the bakery, I wasn’t about to make croissant dough from scratch! 

The cruffins are tender, flaky, buttery, and are made with both pumpkin puree as well as pumpkin spice. The pumpkin puree helps help them nice and moist while the pumpkin spice drives home those comforting flavors of fall.

I topped the pumpkin cruffins with a simple confectioners’ sugar and milk glaze, but you can omit it. I am a frosting and glaze person all the way so I personally couldn’t omit it.

Pumpkin Spice Cruffins - What you get when you marry a croissant with pumpkin spice and bake it in a muffin pan!! The EASIEST recipe that uses just a handful of convenience ingredients, ready in 20 minutes, and perfect for pumpkin season!!

Ingredients for Pumpkin Cruffins

To make this pumpkin spice cruffin recipe, you’ll need: 

Pumpkin Spice Cruffins - What you get when you marry a croissant with pumpkin spice and bake it in a muffin pan!! The EASIEST recipe that uses just a handful of convenience ingredients, ready in 20 minutes, and perfect for pumpkin season!!

How to Make Pumpkin Spiced Cruffins

Pumpkin cruffins couldn’t be simpler to make! Follow my very straightforward instructions:

Step 1: Open the tubes of dough and carefully unroll the dough on a floured surface so that you have two separate large rectangles.

Tip: Make sure there aren’t any cracks, perforations, or holes in the dough or wide seams. If so, use your fingers to pinch the dough together to seal it up.

Step 2: Evenly spread the pumpkin puree over one of the rectangles of dough, leaving a small margin at the edges, and set it aside.

Pumpkin Spice Cruffins - What you get when you marry a croissant with pumpkin spice and bake it in a muffin pan!! The EASIEST recipe that uses just a handful of convenience ingredients, ready in 20 minutes, and perfect for pumpkin season!!

Step 3: In a small both, combine the sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and sprinkle half the mixture over the pumpkin puree.

Step 4: Top this with the other rectangle of dough so that you’ve now got the pumpkin puree and spice mixture sandwiched in between the two rectangles of dough.

Step 5: Slice the dough into long strips, and roll each up, similar to how you’d roll up a cinnamon roll. The difference here is that you’re rolling them one by one, whereas with cinnamon roll dough you typically roll up the entire log of dough, then slice it from there.

Pumpkin Spice Cruffins - What you get when you marry a croissant with pumpkin spice and bake it in a muffin pan!! The EASIEST recipe that uses just a handful of convenience ingredients, ready in 20 minutes, and perfect for pumpkin season!!

Step 6: Top each roll with the remaining amount of the pumpkin spice mixture, place into the wells of a greased muffin pan, and bake.

Step 7: While the cruffins bake, whisk together a quickie simple confectioners’ sugar and milk glaze if you’re feeling like glazing them which I think is nearly a must!

Pumpkin Spice Cruffins - What you get when you marry a croissant with pumpkin spice and bake it in a muffin pan!! The EASIEST recipe that uses just a handful of convenience ingredients, ready in 20 minutes, and perfect for pumpkin season!!

Tips for the Best Cruffins

Make sure not to overbake them. Crescent roll or croissant roll dough is delicate, buttery, and in the final minutes of baking is prone to getting a little too done for my liking.

I bake these for about 20 minutes, but that will depend on exactly how big your cruffins are, your oven, pan, climate and ingredient variances, and so forth.

Cruffins are best warm and fresh in my opinion. They’re a wonderful option for a cozy weekend breakfast or fall or winter brunch. People will devour them!

Pumpkin Spice Cruffins - What you get when you marry a croissant with pumpkin spice and bake it in a muffin pan!! The EASIEST recipe that uses just a handful of convenience ingredients, ready in 20 minutes, and perfect for pumpkin season!!

Recipe FAQs

What Kind Of Muffin Pan Is Best for Cruffins?

I use either a regular-sized 12-cup muffin pan or a 6-count muffin pan. Oversized, jumbo, bakery-style muffin pans or similarly named pans are not necessary for this recipe.

This recipe makes 6 oversized cruffins, so if you’re using a 12-count pan, you will only use half the wells. Stagger the dough evenly across the pan.

Note that the cruffins will really rise and puff up while baking! That’s part of their appeal and what makes them so good is that they are light and airy.

Can I Make My Own Croissant Dough?

Of course you’re welcome to make your own croissant dough for this recipe, but that’s one baking project I have never tackled and truthfully, never want to! 

Can I Prepare This Recipe Ahead of Time? 

I have only made these straight through and my guess is that you would need to do that because I don’t know how well the dough would hold up overnight. 

Pumpkin Spice Cruffins - What you get when you marry a croissant with pumpkin spice and bake it in a muffin pan!! The EASIEST recipe that uses just a handful of convenience ingredients, ready in 20 minutes, and perfect for pumpkin season!!

What to Serve with Cruffins 

This pumpkin breakfast recipe pairs nicely with scrambled eggs, sliced fruit, bacon, and any other breakfast side dish you’re craving. 

Here are some more seasonal breakfast recipes to serve alongside the pumpkin cruffins: 

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Pumpkin Spice Cruffins

By Averie Sunshine
Pumpkin Spice Cruffins – What you get when you marry a croissant with pumpkin spice and bake it in a muffin pan!! The EASIEST recipe that uses just a handful of convenience ingredients, ready in 20 minutes, and perfect for pumpkin season!!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
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Ingredients  

Cruffins

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, for flouring your counter or work surface
  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • two 8-ounce tubes refrigerated crescent roll dough, croissant dough
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, or to taste

Glaze

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted if yours if very lumpy
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk or cream, water may be substituted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions 

  • Cruffins – Preheat oven to 350F and generously spray 6 wells of a muffin pan with cooking spray or grease and flour the pan. Note – I yield 6 cruffins with this recipe and if you’re using a standard 12-cup pan, stagger the cruffins over the entire pan. Set pan aside.
  • Open the tubes of crescent roll dough and carefully unroll the dough on a floured surface so that you have two large rectangles. Make sure there aren’t any cracks, perforations, or holes in the dough or wide seams. If so, use your fingers to pinch the dough together to seal it up.
  • Evenly spread the pumpkin puree on one of the rectangles, leaving a 1/2-inch bare margin at the edges; set aside.
  • To a small bowl, combine the sugar, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and stir to combine.* (See Notes below)
  • Evenly sprinkle half the mixture over the pumpkin puree on the dough.
  • Top this with the other rectangle of dough so that you’ve now got the pumpkin puree and spice mixture sandwiched in between the two rectangles of dough.
  • Slice the dough into long strips about 1 1/2-inches wide (or so that you yield 6 long strips), and roll each up, similar to how you’d roll up a cinnamon roll.
  • Top each cruffin roll with the remaining amount of the sugar-pumpkin spice mixture, place into the 6 wells of the prepared pan, and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the dough has set, is puffed, and lightly golden. Note – Cruffins will expand and puff up pretty dramatically as they bake, this is normal. Allow to cool in the pan momentarily before glazing and removing.
  • Glaze – Optionally, while the cruffins bake, to a small bowl, add the confectioners’ sugar, milk, vanilla, and whisk until smooth and the desired consistency has been reached. Adjust with adding slightly more sugar or milk, depending on if it’s too thin or too thick.
  • Evenly drizzle the glaze over the cruffins after they’ve cooled momentarily and serve immediately. Cruffins are best warm and fresh but will keep airtight at room temp for up to 4 days.

Notes

Tip – If you want to add allspice, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, or any other warming spices typically associated with fall and pumpkin desserts, go for it. I would use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon depending on the spice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 566kcal, Carbohydrates: 77g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 50mg, Sodium: 469mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 30g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    Do you think it would work to roll them without the top layer of dough, and get 12 rather than 6? Or would that make a mess?
    I’ve printed this and I’m going to try it this weekend!
    Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    Do you think it would work to roll them without the top layer of dough, and get 12 rather than 6? Or would that make a mess?
    I’ve printed this and I’m going to try it this weekend!
    Thank you!

    1. It’s really hard to say since I’ve only made as written and can’t predict what may happen but I am thinking to just make as directed and not change it up.

  3. 5 stars
    Your post caught my eye made these today and they are so tasty and relatively easy 
    Your recipes are a treat to make they are full proof Give you all the stars for some reason I can’t type all the stars to rate so

  4. 2 stars
    Your post caught my eye made these today and they are so tasty and relatively easy 
    Your recipes are a treat to make they are full proof Give you all the stars for some reason I can’t type all the stars to rate so

  5. 5 stars
    Your post caught my eye made these today and they are so tasty and relatively easy 
    Your recipes are a treat to make they are full proof Give you all the stars for some reason I can’t type all the stars to rate so

  6. 5 stars
    Outstanding! Tastes great. Nice decadent  layers. Easy and fun to make – directions are detailed and helpful for trying a new, different type of recipe. I baked mine 5 minutes longer  (because I have a funky oven) so they turned out just slightly more “golden” brown than Avery’s picture – but I wanted to make sure they were done.  I did put the top layer of dough on wax paper to pinch seams together – this made it easy to flip on top of the lower pumpkin layer. Thanks for a great recipe! – jo

  7. 5 stars
    Outstanding! Tastes great. Nice decadent  layers. Easy and fun to make – directions are detailed and helpful for trying a new, different type of recipe. I baked mine 5 minutes longer  (because I have a funky oven) so they turned out just slightly more “golden” brown than Avery’s picture – but I wanted to make sure they were done.  I did put the top layer of dough on wax paper to pinch seams together – this made it easy to flip on top of the lower pumpkin layer. Thanks for a great recipe! – jo

    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad that they turned out great and that the details and directions were detailed for you – that is always my goal! And yes ovens can vary dramatically so glad you baked until they were done in yours.

  8. Making these in the next couple of days, I have everything to make them. They sound delicious. I make a lot of things from scratch but like to have a bunch of recipes for fast and easy foods also. I’ve said this before but you have great recipes and the ones I have made never disappoint. Thanks again.

    1. Thanks for the compliments on my recipes and glad you have everything on hand to make these! Come back and leave a review after you do!

    1. I have only made these straight through and my guess is that you would need to do that because I don’t know how well the dough would hold up overnight.