Encouragement to live in God's sweet and empowering grace every day.

Encouragement to live in God's sweet and empowering grace every day.

Pumpkin Roll – A Cherished Family Recipe

Pumpkin Roll – A Cherished Family Recipe


My Mother-in-Law, Connie Miller, was a beautiful and amazing lady who raised eight kids pretty much on her own in Smock Pennsylvania, a tiny coal mining town near Uniontown, just south west of Pittsburgh.

Yep … that was not a typo when I said she raised EIGHT kids on her own!

I need to capitalize AMAZING when I describe her!

For many years before she went to be with the Lord in February 2008, she worked very hard to make her little house a comfy home for her kids.

My husband, Rick, has fond memories of her baking at Christmas time and the wonderful aromas that traveled all over their home.

Whenever she was baking, he wanted to be right there in the kitchen with her, hoping for a chance to lick a beater or even the bowl itself.

Which didn’t happen very often with having to share with all his siblings.

Cocoa Surprise, Nut Roll, Pumpkin Roll and Half Moon Filled Cookies were her specialties.

Pumpkin Roll was his all time favorite! The smell of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin baking is intoxicating.

By the way, we LOVE old pictures, don’t you too?

Here is a sweet picture from when my hubby Rick was wee tiny.

From top left to right … his older sisters Linda and Laurie and his older brother Dennis. Rick is on the little horse in front of Dennis and his younger sister Patty is to his right on the rocking horse.

They were visiting their cousins in Levittown, near Philadelphia Pennsylvania.

Connie was an awesome cook and baker.

Whenever we were there, especially at Christmas, she would always have a lot of awesome food and baked treats prepared.

My hubby has made her Pumpkin Roll every Christmas for as long as I can remember.

He usually makes several of them to share with friends, family and people at his work and mine.


Through the years, there have been so many times when we would forget something, like adding the chopped walnuts before the cake went into the oven.

Or we would put the nuts underneath rather than over and the finished roll would look crazy!

But no matter what, it still tasted good!

We hope that you will enjoy this recipe as much as our family does!

AND we hope that you will be able to enjoy Christmas with your family this year!

(Printable Version can be found below the Recipe)


Heat oven: 375 degrees



3/4 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 tbs cinnamon

1 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp salt

3 eggs

1 cup sugar

2/3 cup pumpkin

1 tsp lemon juice

1 cup walnuts/pecans (finely chopped)


1 cup powdered sugar

1 8 oz pkg cream cheese (softened)

1/2 tsp vanilla

4 tbs butter


Step 1: Mix together the first 6 ingredients and set aside. Remember Dad’s rule: always dry measuring utensils…water is your enemy!

Step 2: Beat eggs 5 minutes…yes that’s 5 minutes… with mixer until very thick. Gradually beat in 1 cup sugar. Stir in pumpkin and lemon juice. Fold in your dry ingredients.

Step 3: Spread on a greased 15×10 jelly roll pan or cookie sheet (don’t flour the pan). Sprinkle the top with the chopped walnuts/pecans.

Step 4: Bake 15 minutes. Meanwhile, lay out a CLEAN kitchen towel on a flat surface. Sprinkle it with powdered sugar. When the cake is done, loosen edges and turn on to the towel. At one end, flip the edge of the towel onto the cake and carefully roll the warm cake and towel together. Leave on counter rolled up until it is cool.

Step 5: While cake is cooling, prepare filling. Blenderize all filling ingredients together. Make sure the cream cheese has softened to make it easier to blend.

Step 6: After the cake has cooled, carefully unroll and spread filling all over it. Reroll, this time without the towel. Keep refrigerated. Enjoy Grandma’s yummy treat with sweet memories!

Merry Christmas y’all!





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