Pumpkin Pasties

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Bring the magical world of Harry Potter into your own home with these delicious pumpkin pasties. These handheld treats will delight all the little witches and wizards on Halloween.

Three pumpkin pasties on a plate with a gold fork.
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  1. Ingredients in Pumpkin Pasties
  2. Ingredient Additions and Substitutions
  3. Pumpkin Pasty Recipe Steps
  4. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort
  5. Harry Potter Treats
  6. More Harry Potter Recipes
  7. How to Make Pumpkin Pasties
  8. Harry Potter Pumpkin Pasties Recipe
  9. Tips for Visiting Universal Orlando Resort
  10. Packing List for Universal Orlando Resort
  11. Our Favorite Rides

You don’t have to ride the Hogwarts Express or visit Honeydukes to enjoy these sweet and flavorful Pumpkin Pasties (although, I would highly recommend doing both!). In the movie Pumpkin Pasties are sold on the trolley called the Honeydukes Express on the train to school.

You can delight Harry Potter fans old and young ANYTIME with this simple homemade pumpkin pasties recipe. These are perfect for Harry Potter parties, marathons, book parties, or just when you are in a wizarding mood. We also have recipes for Butterbeer, Frozen Butterbeer, Pumpkin Juice, and more underway!

Three pumpkin pasties on a plate with a gold fork.

Ingredients in Pumpkin Pasties

These pumpkin pasties are sweet pastries with a pumpkin-pie-like filling. I made them with a little cream cheese to add some creaminess and a slightly thicker consistency. They taste just like the Pumpkin Pasties you get at Honeydukes. I like the fact that you can eat them with your hands. It makes it easy for kids to enjoy without a mess.

  • Pie crusts – Use a store-bought from the refrigerator section or homemade pie crust for these pumpkin pasties.
  • Pumpkin puree – This is the main ingredient that makes these pumpkin pasties come to life! Canned pumpkin puree is convenient and easy to use. It gives a sweet pumpkin filling flavor!
  • Cream cheese – Soften your cream cheese ahead of time by leaving it out on the counter 30 minutes prior to making the pumpkin pasties. This is a smooth and creamy texture and sweet flavor to the pumpkin puree.
  • Sugar – Granulated sugar is added to balance the sweetness with the pumpkin puree.
  • Pumpkin pie spice – Make a homemade version of pumpkin pie spice or buy the seasoning already combined with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice.
  • Egg – Whisk the egg in a small bowl until combined. This will be used as an egg wash to hold the pastie together as well as give it a crisp texture on the outside.
  • Butter – Melt the butter ahead of time. This too can be like the egg wash and used around the edges or on the outside of the dough.
  • Sprinkles – Add extra sweetness with sugar crystals sprinkled on top or cinnamon sugar.

Ingredient Additions and Substitutions

Try variations for this pumpkin pasty! It is the perfect combination and can be adjusted few different ways to make it just the way you love it. Try it with sweet potatoes, dipping in honey or syrup, and adding an extra sweetness to the top. These additions and substitutions are great variations to try!

  • Sweet potatoes – If pumpkins are not available try using sweet potatoes instead. Boil and soften the sweet potatoes until they are soft and mash them together for the filling.
  • Honey – Dip the pumpkin pasties in honey with every bite.
  • Maple syrup – Another great way to dip pumpkin pasties.
  • Chocolate – Drizzle over top the pasties chocolate or white chocolate that is melted.

Pumpkin Pasty Recipe Steps

This recipe for pumpkin pasties is quick and easy to make! Kids to adults love the ease of dinner and how fun they are to make. It is a savory and sweet dinner that is handheld and delicious in every bite!

  1. Prepare dough – Roll out the pie dough that has a lightly floured surface. Cut out 4-inch circles and then roll them out a little bit more on the flour to a little thinner than a traditional pie crust. If you have a pastry cutter this would be a great way to utilize it.
  2. Combine – Mix the pumpkin pie filling in a large bowl. Spoon a little bit of pumpkin mixture onto one side of each circle.
  3. Assemble – Fold the pie dough over the filling and crimp the edges with a fork to seal. Cut three small slits to act as vents on the top of the pasty.
  4. Bake – Brush the top with butter or egg wash and sprinkle with some sugar or cinnamon sugar. Bake until golden brown and enjoy your delicious little hand pies. I like to bake on parchment paper for easy cleanup. Let cool on a cooling rack.
Three pumpkin pasties on a plate with a gold fork.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort

It was a huge surprise to all of us when Universal Orlando Resort, in partnership with Warner Bros., officially announced The Wizarding World of Harry Potter would be coming to the Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida. It has been magical to experience  

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal Studios Hollywood. The attractions, the shops, and the food truly transport you into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter you experience when you read the books and see the movies.

If you’ve been to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you know how extraordinary it is. If you haven’t, add it to your bucket list! Believe me, it is a phenomenal experience. There is so much attention to detail. You will love it! I can’t wait to visit again. Please see my tips for a successful visit below the recipe.

Photos of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.

Harry Potter Treats

Through the Harry Potter books and movies, J.K. Rowling introduced us to some magical foods, drinks, and treats.

What child wouldn’t love to have a Chocolate Frog, Cauldron Cakes, Licorice Wands, or some of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Jelly Beans? A lot of imagination and talent has gone into creating the candies, treats, foods, and drinks we have read about and seen in the movies.

In addition to the sights and sounds, experiencing the tastes of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is another big reason to visit the theme parks! We had a tasty dinner at the Three Broomsticks. Fish and chips, apple pie, and butterbeer, of course!

The apple pie is served warm with a brown sugar crunch topping. It is SO good! The photo on the left is one of the Pumpkin Pasties from Honeydukes. Many thanks to Universal Orlando Resort for providing such a fun and appetizing day for us!

Harry Potter recipes in three photos.

More Harry Potter Recipes

Fortunately, it’s possible to create some of the magic in your own kitchen. This is especially fun at Halloween, for parties, or for Harry Potter movie marathons (my personal favorite). I hope to have more soon! I tried some Butterbeer fudge at Honeydukes on my last visit it was incredible.

Three pumpkin pasties on a plate with a gold fork

How to Make Pumpkin Pasties

Three pumpkin pasties on a plate with a gold fork

Harry Potter Pumpkin Pasties

5 from 10 votes
Bring the magical world of Harry Potter into your own kitchen with these sweet and flavorful Pumpkin Pasties!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine English
Servings 12



  • 2 (14.1-ounce) Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • decorating sugar crystals, cinnamon sugar, or sprinkles (optional)


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut out 12 (4-inch) circles from the pie crusts using the top of a large cup, a cookie cutter, or a bowl, rerolling dough as needed. Set aside.
    Circles of pie dough on a baking sheet
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, cream cheese, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and egg. Set aside.
    Pumpkin filling in a small bowl
  • Using the rolling pin again, gently roll out each circle just a little more to create a crust slightly thinner than a regular pie crust. Evenly distribute the pumpkin filling between the 12 dough circles, placing the filling on one half of the circle. Gently fold the dough over the filling. Using a fork, press the edges of the dough together, sealing the filling inside.
    Pasties with the edges getting crimped with a fork
  • Using a sharp knife, cut a few slits across the top of each pasty. Place each pasty on a baking sheet. Using a pastry brush, lightly coat each pasty with melted butter. Sprinkle the top of each pasty with sugar crystals, cinnamon sugar, or colored sugar sprinkles, if desired.
    Pumpkin Pasties before they go in the oven
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until pasties are lightly browned.
    Three pumpkin pasties on a plate with a gold fork

Nutrition Information

Calories: 221kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 3gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 179mgPotassium: 74mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 2615IUVitamin C: 0.7mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1.1mg

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Tips for Visiting Universal Orlando Resort

  • There are three theme parks to visit while at Universal Orlando Resort – Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay. Universal’s Volcano Bay is a water theme park. To have access to all of the attractions at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you will want to purchase the Park to Park tickets for Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. There are several vacation packages and ticket combinations available. For more information, visit universalorlando.com.
  • Download the free Universal Florida Resort App before going to the theme parks. The features on the app are very helpful when navigating the parks. You can view maps of the parks, wait times, show times, and dining options. I like that you can see which rides are thrill rides, 3D and 4D rides, water rides, and rides for kids.
  • If you have limited time at the theme parks, I highly recommend spending the extra money to get an Express Pass. It allows you into a separate entrance and gives you a shorter wait time to get on the rides.
  • My last tip is to be aware of the hours in all of the theme parks on the day you visit. Get the most out of your visit by arriving early. Before you enter the parks, there is a significant walk from the parking garages to the entrance. There is also a bag check and security area that can take some time. I suggest arriving 60 minutes before the park opens to park, go through security, and purchase tickets.

Packing List for Universal Orlando Resort

  • Bring a lanyard with a badge holder for everyone in your group! Buy a pack of six or more on Amazon for around $1 each here. You can also buy them at the parks, but this takes up extra time and is more expensive. You are asked to show your ticket on every ride at the theme parks. If you have an Express Pass, you may be asked to show it more than once. Having it safely in a clear badge holder on a lanyard around your neck, saves you the hassle of digging it out of a pocket or purse on every ride. This is essential if you are taking kids with you.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. I cringe when I see people at theme parks in heels. You can walk between 10 and 15 miles a day at a theme park.
  • Travel light. On the bigger rides, you are not allowed to take anything with you on the ride. Your things will need to go in a temporary locker. If you are visiting the park with a group, share a backpack.
  • Five essential things to take with you to the theme parks:
    1. Water
    2. Sunscreen
    3. Lanyards with badge holders for your tickets
    4. Dramamine (less drowsy or non-drowsy). If you or anyone in your group has a tendency to get motion sickness, this will help make the day much more enjoyable.
    5. Tylenol or Advil.
  • Watch the weather and bring a light rain jacket if there is any chance for rain. While Florida is sunny most of the time, there are occasional downpours. We had a short downpour on our last visit and it was nice to have a way to stay dry. A light rain jacket also helps SO MUCH on the water rides.

Our Favorite Rides

  • There is much more to see and do at Universal Orlando Resort than The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. If you are a roller coaster fan, “The Incredible Hulk Coaster” and the “Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit” will not disappoint. We also loved the rides from some of our favorite movies and TV shows. The new “Skull Island: Reign of Kong” ride was absolutely amazing. I won’t give any spoilers other than to say you get a VERY close-up look at some pretty terrifying dinosaurs and you’re not sure if Kong is going to be the enemy or the hero.
  • Another favorite was the new “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.” What an awesome ride! You find yourself on the set of The Tonight Show and then literally racing Jimmy Fallon through New York. So fun! My son was a big fan of  “Transformers The Ride 3D” and “The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man.” Be sure to also plan time to see the shows and meet some of your favorite movie characters while you are there. The shows are top quality and very entertaining. We also loved the water rides.
  • If you want to get completely soaked, go on the “Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges” at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. I’m not exaggerating. Every person on our ride was drenched. Save this ride for the end of the day, or be prepared to walk around in wet clothes.

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Echo Blickenstaff

Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. Is the egg for an egg wash or is it supposed to be put into the pumpkin pie mixture? The recipe says the egg it to be used for these things in different parts. Very inconsistent and hard to understand recipe

    1. The egg goes into the pumpkin pie mixture and you can brush the top of the pastries with either melted butter OR and egg wash, which would require an additional egg. Hope this helps!

  2. Author didn’t say how much filling to add… one heaping tablespoon each seemed to be the max for mine. Recipe calls for way too much filling, double or even triple your dough! My proportions that way came out just like the photos here. “Easy” but tedious recipe.

  3. Yeah nah. Pumpkin pasties are savoury not sweet in Britain.

    This is soooo American, but 5 points for Hufflepuff for trying.

  4. Just got done making these. Haven’t eaten one yet but I did have a note to mention and a question to ask. The filling came out smooth but a bit too loose I think. Should I refrigerate the filling to stiffen it up before putting it in the crusts? Other than that, the flavor is really good of the filling and the crusts baked up great.

    1. The filling is a bit on the looser side in these pumpkin pasties. You can add a little more cream cheese or a little less pumpkin puree to make it more firm if you’d like!

  5. Cream cheese clumps up. Pumpkin Purée is too liquid like. Followed the recipe exactly the way it was presented. Couldn’t make these. Any tips or helpful hints would be great. Maybe using canned pumpkin? Or using room temp eggs so the cream cheese doesn’t clump up? Very sad about this. I waisted a lot of food.

    1. Oh no! I am sorry you had trouble with this recipe. I always used canned pumpkin puree. I also make sure that my cream cheese is totally room temperature and soft. I mix it in a stand mixer with a whisk attachment. If the cream cheese is clumping in the mixture, you can heat the mixture up a little in the microwave and that should soften the clumps. I hope this helps!

  6. 5 stars
    Pumpkin pasties are my favorite! I’m so glad I can make them at home now. Someday I’ll make it to Harry Potter World in Florida.

  7. 5 stars
    Omg! This is so genius!! Just made these for a potluck later tonight and love it! It’s perfect cos they’re pumpkin pies that dont require forks, and you can just eat them as you mingle with friends!! So good!

  8. 5 stars
    These turned out so well! I have been wanting to make these for a while now, and I am so excited that I finally did! They were easy and delicious!