It's the Great Pumpkin Cheesecake, Charlie Brown. Promise not to pull it away from you.
'Thanksgiving sweets' on Serious Eats
This is a spin on classic palmiers, made with a simple syrup that contains pumpkin puree and a sugar mixture laced with pumpkin pie spices. Palmiers are simple cookies, basically caramelized sugar and syrup baked into puff pastry. The pumpkin flavor is subtle and the spice is intense. Feel free to use high-quality, all-butter frozen pastry from the store if you don't have time to roll your own.
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