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Pumpkin Spice Pull-Apart bread with Cream Cheese Glaze

Ingredients:

Pull-Apart Bread:

  • Butter, for pan
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, divided
  • 1 (16-oz.) can refrigerated biscuits, halved lengthwise
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Glaze:

  • 1/4 (8-oz.) block cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter a 9x5-inch loaf pan. Pour sugar and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice into a large resealable plastic bag and shake to combine. Add biscuit pieces to bag 2 or 3 at a time, seal, and shake until coated. Set coated biscuit pieces aside on a plate and repeat with remaining pieces.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine pumpkin puree, vanilla, and remaining teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. Slather pumpkin filling on a biscuit, then top with another biscuit and slather with more filling. Repeat until you’ve created a stack of biscuits (or two stacks of biscuits).
  3. Place biscuit stack on its side in prepared pan, so you see layers of pumpkin filling.
  4. Bake until biscuits are golden and puffed, about 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool slightly and turn out onto a plate.

Glaze:

  1. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer on low speed, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice and mix until combined, then gradually add milk and beat until it’s a pourable consistency.
  2. Drizzle glaze over pull-apart bread before serving.

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