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pumpkin sweets

Pumpkin Manju Sweets

Who doesn't love pumpkin everything? These Pumpkin Manju Sweets are an awesome Asian treat using pumpkin puree as the sweet filling. You won't believe how good these are!

  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 24-26 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (1 stick)
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 large cooked sweet potato, flesh only (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1 beaten egg for egg wash


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper on top. In a mixer, beat sugar and butter together until creamy and smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time until smooth. Add vanilla extract and beat well.
  2. Sift together flour and baking powder in a large bowl. Gradually add flour mixture into butter mixture, mixing well after each addition, until dough is smooth.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mash the sweet potato, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and powdered sugar together until well combined and smooth. Set aside.
  4. To assemble the cookies: Generously flour your hands and working surface. Make walnut-size balls from the dough and press into 4-inch circles, making circles thicker in the center and thinner on the edges. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the filling into the center of each dough circle. Gather the edges together and pinch dough around the filling until sealed. Place dough ball, pinched-side down, on the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Using your thumb make an imprint into the center of each dough ball. Place 4-5 pine nuts into each imprint. Use a knife to create thin slits around the tops of the ball to create a pumpkin look. Brush dough balls with egg wash.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until tops are lightly golden brown, about 15-17 minutes.


  • This made-from-scratch sugar cookie dough is so simple to make. But feel free to "cheat" and pick up some sugar cookie dough at your grocery store!
  • Using your thumb will help to shape these cookies. And a small knife will make the small slits that look a pumpkin.
  • Egg wash is necessary for that golden brown finish. Don't leave out this step!
  • Make a double batch while you're at it! These will be gone fast!
  • Author: Asian Caucasian
  • Prep Time: 45 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Asian Fusion


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 167
  • Sugar: 10 g
  • Sodium: 18.4 mg
  • Fat: 7.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 23.1 g
  • Protein: 2.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 33.4 mg

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