Looking for a new, pumpkin-filled fall dessert recipe? These maple pumpkin eclairs will knock your socks off! I make the pate a choux dough with cinnamon and nutmeg, then fill the eclairs with the creamiest, fluffiest pumpkin maple cream. To top it all off, these pumpkin eclairs are then dipped in a maple glaze! You’ll love the real flavors of pumpkin and maple combined together in an airy and fluffy dessert!
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The Pumpkin Filling
Eclairs are one of my favorite desserts to make. Once you master making the pate a choux dough, the varieties are endless. These pumpkin eclairs with maple glaze are especially flavorful and aromatic – capturing all those fall flavors that are so popular this time of year.
The fluffy pumpkin maple filling is made with pumpkin puree, whipped cream and just the right amount of spices. It’s so good, you’ll want it all season long! Try it with other recipes, such as cakes, cheesecakes or cupcakes. When filling the eclairs, make sure to pipe them full so you get the filling with every bite!
Maple Glazed Eclairs
The filled eclairs are then dipped into a simple maple glaze. Maple and pumpkin go so well together, so I wanted to highlight the flavor in this recipe with a bit of maple extract. Using an extract adds a ton of flavor without affecting the recipe or ingredient proportions.
Enjoy this fall dessert with a cup of warm coffee in the morning, or after dinner. I recommend waiting a day before enjoying these eclairs. Just assemble them, place onto a tray and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate them overnight to allow the eclair shell to soften, which just makes these that much better!
Looking for more pumpkin-flavored fall desserts? Check out some of my other recipes you’re sure to enjoy!
- Pumpkin Spice Macarons – the pumpkin cookies are spicy and delicious!
- Pumpkin Chocolate Cupcakes – pumpkin cupcakes with chocolate chips and spiced whipped cream!
- Pumpkin Donuts – classic sugar donuts, plus a pumpkin cream filled variety!
- Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Cake – the best pumpkin cake ever, with salted caramel frosting!
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Maple Pumpkin Eclairs Recipe (video)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp EACH: salt, ground nutmeg
- 4 large eggs
- 1/3 cup cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup pure pumpkin puree
- 1/2 tsp maple syrup extract
- sprinkle of: ground cinnamon, nutmeg
- 1 cup heavy cream, chilled
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar
- 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- Preheat the oven to 425F/218C. Line one or two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon mats. Prepare a large pastry bag with a French star tip such as 8FT.
- Prepare the pate a choux dough first. Sift the flour into a large bowl, along with the salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; set aside. Into a small saucepan, add the butter and water. Cook the mixture over medium-high heat until the butter is melted and comes to a boil. Add the dry ingredients all at once and stir until the a dough ball forms, about 1 minute.
- Transfer the dough into a large mixing bowl and allow it cool until warm to touch, about 10 to 15 minutes. Once cooled, begin adding the eggs, one at a time. Use a hand-mixer or whisk to mix the egg into the dough after each addition. Transfer the dough into the prepared pastry bag, packing the dough into the bag without air pockets.
- Pipe 4 to 6-inch long eclairs onto the prepared parchment paper or silicone, spacing about an inch apart. Bake the eclairs in the preheated oven at 425F/218C for 10 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 375F/190C and bake for an additional 30 to 35 minutes, until the eclairs are a deep golden brown. Avoid opening the oven door during baking - cold air will cause the eclairs to fall flat. Once they are baked, cool them completely on a wire rack.
- Prepare the filling: combine the softened cream cheese, pumpkin puree, extract and spices in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk for a few minutes until the mixture is smooth. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk the heavy cream and sugar on high speed for 3 to 4 minutes, until stiff peaks form. Add the pumpkin mixture and whisk again for 1 to 2 minutes, until a light and fluffy cream forms. Transfer the filling into a pastry bag; I used Wilton tip #230.
- Prepare the maple glaze: place the confectioner's sugar into a mixing bowl and begin adding the maple syrup and heavy cream, a few tablespoons at a time, until the glaze reaches desired consistency. Prepare the glaze on the thinner side for easier dipping.
- Once the eclairs are cooled, prepare them for filling. There are different ways of filling: from the side, using a filling tip; from the bottom; or split the eclairs in half and pipe the filling into the center.
- Dip the top half of each filled eclairs into the prepared maple glaze, then set onto a wire rack and allow any extra glaze to drip down.
- Keep eclairs refrigerated and store in an air-tight container.