Pumpkin Puff Pastry Tarts

The countdown to our flight to Arizona has begun and we’re playing our favorite game of trying to finish up all the perishables in our fridge before we go. We got a little off track when Apolinaras brought a half gallon of milk home on Sunday and thawed six pork chops, but there are only two porkchops left, so I think we still have a shot! Even the huge roll of goat cheese from Costco is over half way gone and I’m going to make this pizza tomorrow night to use up the rest of it. I also found a cup of extra pumpkin puree in the fridge that was leftover from making Apolinaras his favorite low-fat oatmeal cookies the other day and decided to make myself a little treat.

I whipped up a super thick and creamy pumpkin pudding and was planning on just eating it straight out of the bowl, but some puff pastry shells caught my eye.  I was experimenting with recipe ideas for the Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Contest (which are due December 31, so you still have time to enter!), and had some extra shells, so I filled them with the pudding instead! I topped the little tarts with some toasted walnuts and powdered sugar and they were just a wonderful quick and easy holiday treat. Merry Christmas!

Pumpkin Puff Pastry Tarts
Printable Recipe

1 (10 ounce) package Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Shells
1 (3.4-oz.) package instant vanilla pudding
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup pure pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoon toasted chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon powdered sugar

Prepare the puff pastry shells according to the package directions. Let baked shells cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes, and remove the tops.

Meanwhile, prepare the pumpkin filling. In a large bowl mix instant pudding, milk, condensed milk, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice. Refrigerate 10 minutes or until set. Scoop pumpkin filling evenly into the puff pastry shells. Sprinkle toasted walnuts and powdered sugar evenly on top of each tart. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition: 277 calories, 4.8g fat, 1.8g fiber, 6.3g protein per serving
Cost: $1.77 per serving

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34 Responses to Pumpkin Puff Pastry Tarts

  1. elra says:

    Oh Yum!!!!!!
    I love anything with puff pastry.

  2. Selba says:

    I can tell.. the pumpkin puff pastry are delicious!!! :)

  3. Wendy says:

    Sounds delicious! Have a safe trip!

  4. have a great trip… and loving this

    (BTW, one word about Arizona… Sedona

  5. Kelly says:

    Yum. I wish I had not forgotten about this because it defnitely would have been fun to enter. This sounds delish.

  6. Cate says:

    These look fabulous! I love how puff pastry can make just about anything look and taste so fancy!

  7. Maria says:

    I am still loving pumpkin recipes. These look wonderful!

  8. Natashya says:

    I had no idea you could buy puff pastry in shells. What a great idea, they are adorable!

  9. Hélène says:

    Such an elegant dessert for the Holidays.

  10. grace says:

    those shells lend themselves to so many possibilities and your creamy filling is one of the best i’ve seen!

  11. Angie says:

    Looks so delicious, and so pretty! Love your blog too!

  12. These puff pastry shells are great! And I love your pumpkin filling, yummy!

  13. Shannon says:

    these sound fabulous!! i could go for one right now :) safe travels, and have a wonderful time in AZ!

    good luck with the camera, too!

  14. sophia says:

    Great use of the puff pastry! It looks awesome!

  15. Ameena says:

    These look SO good…your pictures are so professional looking!

  16. Adam says:

    Whoops, look like your boy threw a little monkey wrench in your fridge eating and cleaning. You mastered it like a pro though… I like how you used pumpkin this Christmas time of year. It goes well way into the new year :)

  17. Joanne says:

    These are the perfect little dessert! Pumpkin puff pastry. Say THAT three times fast.

    I am so happy that I’m not really going anywhere (just staying at my parents’ house for Christmas Eve into Christmas Day) so that I don’t have to worry about cleaning out the fridge. Looks like you are doing a good job though!

  18. Monica H says:

    I can’t tell you how close I was to making these, only I was going to use pumpkin mousse for the filling. Now I want them asap!

  19. CaSaundra says:

    Ooo this will be perfect for you to enter the contest–good luck & merry Christmas to you and your family.

  20. Elina says:

    Yummy! Merry Christmas, Kerstin!!

  21. Merry Christmas!!! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!!!

  22. Meghan says:

    I love those little puff pastry shells – they are so cute! Of course I’m sure they are delicious filled with pumpkin pudding! Have a wonderful Christmas!!!!! :) :) :)

  23. Astra Libris says:

    Ohhhh, such a gorgeous, festive, beautiful dish!! I’m so impressed that you just whipped these up amidst tidying away the perishables! As always, you inspire me! :-)

    Wishing you a wonderful trip and a beautiful, delicious, Merry Christmas! :-)

  24. Erica says:

    Have so much fun on your trip! These look beautiful. Love pumpkin…anything :) Merry Christmas

  25. Donna says:

    What a fabulous, amazing treat. Happy Holidays to you Kerstin!

  26. Sues says:

    Oooh those are so cute and fun… and delicious I’m sure :) Have an awesome trip!!

  27. A wonderful treat and very festive! Happy holidays!

  28. Katrina says:

    Those puffs look de-lish! And your camera–yay for new cameras! (I got one, too.) Happy New Year!

  29. nora@ffr says:

    wow!!! vat a splendid sweet treat!! :) loving the puffs!! haapy new year!

  30. Chaya says:

    I am kicking myself. Could I have seen this recipe and not printed the recipe. I think so and can’t believe it. This one is sincerely calling my name. Thanks.

    Oh, and I must admit, I am thrilled you used ready to bake puffed pastry. I can’t put this on Comfy Cook but I hope to get it on Sweet and Savory, as soon as I make it. I can’t wait.

  31. Kerstin says:

    Thanks everyone! This was such an easy treat – I need to remember to use puff pastry more often!

  32. ingrid says:

    Good call on the puff pastry shells and walnuts. I like the varying textures.

    Merry belated Christmas!

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