Pumpkin Cheesecake Filled Donut Holes

I was at Trader Joe’s this weekend loading up on pumpkin themed foods including their pumpkin cream cheese. It’s quite similar to pumpkin cheesecake and it inspired these doughnut holes.

I didn’t have a lot of time on my hand so I used Pillsbury dough for the donut holes.  I was originally going to fill the donut holes with the pumpkin cream cheese but after testing one, I found that it ended up being too salty of a filling.

So I sweetened it up with some sugar. The donut holes are coated with a cinnamon sugar, which is easy to make but also a little messy because the donuts shed the sugar coating.

These make a good party treat. On the surface, these just look like regular donuts, but inside you’ll find a nice Fall surprise.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Filled Donut Holes


4 oz pumpkin cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 can pillsbury biscuit dough

Cinnamon Sugar coating
1 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon



1. Mix cream cheese with sugar.
2. Take chunks of dough and make dough balls about 1 1/2 inch in diameter. Stretch balls into a flat round disk. Place 1/2 tsp pumpkin cream cheese mixture into center of dough, then seal. Turn dough back into a ball, make sure it is completely pinched sealed so filling won't leak out. Repeat with remaining dough.
3. Heat pot with enough oil deep enough for frying, about 1 - 1 1/2 inches deep. Once oil is hot enough, place several balls inside. Let fry for about 1 minute and flip over to other side. Continue to allow cook until both sides are a a dark golden brown. Remove from frying pan and place on a plate to let cool.
4. While donuts are cooling, mix the cinnamon and sugar in a bowl, then pour into a large ziploc bag. After donut holes are cool, put them into the ziploc bag and mix the donuts around until they are fully coated before removing from bag and serving.

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2 comments on “Pumpkin Cheesecake Filled Donut Holes”

  1. What brand of cream cheese did you find pumpkin flavor? If it was Kraft then I bet using any of their non-savory flavors would be good.

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