Cake pops have been amazingly popular for quite some time now, but now it’s time to think of new ways to make them. In this case, I made them with a simple loaf of pumpkin bread. We had a few scraps leftover so I made them with a touch of sweetened cream cheese and dipped them in butter and cinnamon sugar. Basically they turned into pumpkin donut holes. And for an extra surprise, I put a candy pumpkin in the center, which the kids loved!
Making these is actually quite easy. There’s no need for fancy candy melts. I simply rolled the bread just like a regular cake ball, nestled the candy in the middle, and proceeded with the butter and sugar dip. Simple as that!
Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Donut Holes
makes 6 balls (recipe can be doubled or tripled easily)
3 tablespoons whipped cream cheese
1 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar
4 1-inch thick slices pumpkin bread
6 pumpkin candies or something similar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1/4 cup cinnamon sugar
1. In a small bowl whisk the cream cheese and confectioner’s sugar until completely combined. Set out a second bowl with melted butter, and a third bowl of the cinnamon sugar.
2. Break the pumpkin bread into small pieces and add it to a large bowl. Add the cream cheese mixture and stir everything together with a wooden spoon. Pinch off pieces of the dough and roll it between your palms to form a large ball the size of a golf ball. Nestle a candy in the center and smooth the dough with your fingertips.
3. Place the ball in the bowl of melted butter and roll it around so it is completely coated. Then immediately dip it in the cinnamon sugar and roll it around so it is completely coated. Be generous with the rolling so there are a few coats of cinnamon-sugar on top. Serve immediately!