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Pumpkin Roll

We wait all year round just to eat Marlene’s pumpkin roll on Thanksgiving. It’s one of my favorite desserts that she makes, so when my stepmom suggested that we get together so Marlene could show up how to make it, I jumped on board.

Marlene has a super secret recipe that we had to pry out of her. Turns out we could  have just peeled the label off of the Libby’s canned pumpkin. The recipe that she makes is just the one right on the can.

I have always been kind of intimidated by pumpkin roll because you have to roll it, then unroll it and add filling, and then roll it again. But it turns out that it’s easy than it looks.

Hard at work:

My stepmom, sister-in-law and I all made our own pumpkin rolls.

Pumpkin Roll Recipe


  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar (to sprinkle on towel)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup Libby’s Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)


  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar (optional for decoration)

 oven to 375° F. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan;
line with wax paper. Grease and flour paper. Sprinkle a thin, cotton kitchen
towel with powdered sugar.

COMBINE flour, baking powder, baking
soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in small bowl. Beat eggs and granulated sugar in
large mixer bowl until thick. Beat in pumpkin. Stir in flour mixture. Spread
evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with nuts.

BAKE for 13 to 15
minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. (If using a dark-colored
pan, begin checking for doneness at 11 minutes.) Immediately loosen and turn
cake onto prepared towel. Carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake and towel
together, starting with narrow end. Cool on wire rack.

cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, butter and vanilla
extract in small mixer bowl until smooth. Carefully unroll cake. Spread cream
cheese mixture over cake. Reroll cake. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at
least one hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving, if desired.


The pumpkin rolls came out so good! My stepmom made hers with walnuts, my sister-in-law made hers without walnuts, and I added walnuts to about 1/4 of my pumpkin roll so I could try it out. I actually wrapped my pumpkin roll up and brought it home to freeze. I plan on bringing it to Danny’s parent’s house on Thanksgiving.

After the girls were done making pumpkin rolls, the boys cooked.

My brothers getting the fish ready to be cooked:

Danny cooking:

I had to document Danny cooking because I have never seen that before in my life. Okay, okay, I take that back. Once I saw him put a frozen pizza in the oven. ;)

Seriously though, I cook and he cleans, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Questions of the day:

  • Do you love pumpkin roll? Pumpkin pie?
  • Who cooks in your household?
  • Are you ready for Thanksgiving?!


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