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Pumpkin Pie Magic Bars

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DessertMashUpsHave you ever heard of a “Dessert Mash-Up”? If you haven’t, it’s simply a yummy creation of two different desserts combined into one! It’s also the name of a new cookbook that has recipes like Blueberry Muffin Waffles, Pumpkin Cheesecake French Toast, Chocolate Cheesecake Sandwich Cookies, Snickers Cake Roll, Almond Joy Dip, and lots more. There’s also great color photos of the recipes that will make you want to start baking right away! Written by Dorothy Kern, author of the blog Crazy for Crust, the book has recipe sections for…

  • Breakfast
  • Candy
  • Cookies, Brownies, and Bars
  • Pie;
  • Cake and Cheesecake
  • Sweet Dips
  • Holiday Recipes.

There are so many yummy recipes I found in my review copy of Dessert Mash-Ups, it was hard to decide what to make! Since it’s autumn, I thought the Pumpkin Pie Magic Bars would be the perfect thing to try. I am a big fan of Magic Bars but never would have thought of adding a pumpkin pie flavor to them–what a great idea! The recipe in the book makes a 9 x 9″ pan of bars–I decided to double the recipe and make a 9 x 13″ pan instead. I had a feeling I would like these so much, I’d want a bigger batch! 🙂 The pumpkin flavor in these bars is pretty subtle–they have more of a gingery, caramel flavor combined with the creamy sweetness of the white chocolate chips in the middle. All-in-all, these are very rich and super yummy–just the thing for satisfying your autumn sweet tooth! 🙂

PUMPKIN PIE MAGIC BARS from Dessert Mash-Ups

Makes a 9 x 13″ pan (I doubled the original recipe; halve these amounts for a 9 x 9″ pan)

  • 48 to 50 gingersnap cookies
  • 4 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 10 Tablespoons (or 1 stick plus 2 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups (one 12-ounce package) white chocolate chips
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk (or you can use a 14-ounce can, which is a little more than 1 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Spray a 9 x 13″ pan with cooking spray or line with foil and spray with cooking spray for easy cleanup.

Grind the gingersnaps to a fine crumb in a food processor; you should have about 3 cups of crumbs. Place cookie crumbs in a medium bowl and mix with the sugar and melted butter. Press into the prepared pan.

Sprinkle the white chocolate chips, pecans, coconut, and toffee bits over the top of the crust.

Whisk together the pumpkin puree, sweetened condensed milk, and pumpkin pie spice in a small bowl or measuring cup and pour over the top of the bars. The mixture will just barely cover; use a spatula to carefully spread it to the edges.

Bake for 29 to 35 minutes, until the edges have started to brown. Cool completely before cutting. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Tip: Different brands of sweetened condensed milk come in different thicknesses. If it’s too thick to be pourable, you can transfer it to a microwave-safe bowl and heat it on high for 10 to 20 seconds until it becomes a little thinner.

These bars are definitely a treat–the sweetened condensed milk and the toffee bits combine to make a yummy caramel-like topping that really tastes great with the gingery crust! I think I’m going to have to try more of these dessert mash-up ideas–have you made any yourself?

Linked to Inspire Me Monday at Create with Joy and Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner.

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Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread or Dip

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After I made my Pumpkin Hummus, I had half of a can of pumpkin left over. What to do with it? I thought some of it might be good in a cream cheese spread. I was inspired by this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens. I wanted to sweeten the spread with honey instead of sugar (although you could use brown sugar instead if you want to have a thicker spread) and made some other changes, and this is what I ended up with!

It’s a lightly sweet and spicy spread with a very creamy texture that’s great on bagels or pumpkin bread for breakfast. Or, use as an appetizer spread on crackers or as a dip for fruit. It’s very soft and creamy when you mix it up so it does need to be refrigerated for at least an hour or two after mixing. Even after it’s refrigerated, it’s more creamy than other cream cheese spreads I’ve made–so if you want a thicker spread, use brown sugar instead of honey and omit the vanilla. If you don’t have all the spices I used in this, you can use 1 1/4 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice.

PUMPKIN SPICE CREAM  CHEESE SPREAD by NancyCreative, adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

Makes 1 1/2 cups

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese or light cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 3 Tablespoons honey (or substitute brown sugar for a thicker spread)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

In medium bowl, blend all ingredients together until smooth (if using an electric mixer, blend on medium speed). Pour mixture into a small serving bowl, then cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight. Makes about 1 1/2 cups of spread. Serve on bagels or pumpkin bread for breakfast. Or, serve as an appetizer with crackers or apple and pear slices.

If you like pumpkin-flavored things, you’ll need to try this out! What other ways do you like to use leftover canned pumpkin?

Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

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We’ve had several weeks of chilly weather, and I’ve been making more soup! This time I decided to try Pumpkin Black Bean Soup. I adapted my recipe from one I found at Taste of Home. It’s a savory-flavored soup that tastes a little like chili. So if you like chili and black bean soup, I’m sure you’ll like this! In addition to the pumpkin puree, which gives the soup a nice creamy consistency even though you don’t really taste the pumpkin much, other healthy ingredients include diced tomatoes, onions, and garlic.

PUMPKIN BLACK BEAN SOUP  by NancyCreative, adapted from Taste of Home

Makes about 8 servings (2 quarts)

  • 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups (24 ounces) vegetable broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar (I used Bragg’s)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Optional: dash of salt and pepper, to taste
  • For garnish: 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream) and 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions

Place beans and tomatoes in a food processor; cover and process until blended. Set aside.

In a large pot or Dutch oven, saute onions in oil until tender. Add garlic and saute 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, pumpkin, vinegar, and bean mixture, blending well. Add cumin, chili powder, cinnamon, and, if desired, salt and pepper to taste.

Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Ladle into soup bowls and garnish each serving with plain Greek yogurt and sliced green onions. Each 1 cup serving is about 240 calories.

I never seem to get tired of making and eating soup, and it’s fun to try different recipes! Have you made any soups using pumpkin as an ingredient?

Double Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

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I tried making pumpkin swirl brownies last fall, and just wasn’t happy with the results, even after tweaking a recipe several times. Now that it’s fall again, I thought I’d give them another try with my own version.

These brownies have a thick chocolate batter and a light creamy pumpkin swirl filling. I also added some mini semi-sweet chocolate chips to the chocolate batter for good measure. Yum! The brownies have a rich chocolate taste with a touch of pumpkin-spice flavor from the swirl filling. If you love the combination of pumpkin and chocolate, you’ll need to try these!

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE PUMPKIN SWIRL BROWNIES by NancyCreative

Makes an 8 x 8″ or 9 x 9″ pan

Chocolate Batter:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Pumpkin Swirl Filling:

  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or substitute 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/8 tsp. cloves, 1/4 tsp. ginger, and 1/8 tsp. nutmeg)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease or spray an 8 x 8″ or 9 x 9″ baking pan, or line with parchment paper.

For the Chocolate Batter: In medium bowl, beat eggs with vanilla; then add the melted butter, blending well. To this mixture, stir in the cocoa powder, sugar, and salt, blending everything well. Stir in the flour, half the amount at a time, and blend well (your batter may be a little lumpy–that’s okay!). Fold in the semi-sweet chocolate chips, stirring until they are incorporated evenly into the batter. Spoon and spread 2/3 of the batter into your prepared baking pan.

For the Pumpkin Swirl Filling: In medium bowl, blend softened cream cheese, pumpkin puree,  pumpkin pie spice, sugar, and egg, mixing until smooth. Pour this pumpkin mixture evenly over the chocolate brownie batter in the pan. Then spoon remaining chocolate brownie batter in tablespoon-size dollops evenly over the pumpkin filling. Using a knife, cut through the batter slowly and swirl with the pumpkin filling for a marbled effect.

Bake at 350˚F for 33 to 43 minutes (my baking time was 42 minutes in an 8 x 8″ pan; if you make these in a 9 x 9″ pan, your time should be a little less, about 33 to 37 minutes, and your bars will be a little thinner than my bars pictured here). Cool completely, then cut into squares. Serve, or store covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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These brownies are great for fall! Do you have a favorite fall brownie recipe?

Pumpkin-Pecan Cookies with Whipping Cream Glaze

I like cookies of all kinds…crispy, crunchy, chewy, gooey…you name it! These cookies happen to be soft and puffy, with a cake-like texture. And they are yummy! I adapted these Pumpkin Pecan Cookies from a recipe I found at VeryBestBaking.com. I added a little ground ginger to the batter and topped the cookies with an extra-rich, thick, creamy glaze and a pecan half. You can also add some finely chopped pecans to the cookie batter if you want.

The original recipe says it makes 36 cookies, but I ended up with 31–I must have made mine a little too big! So, you should get at least 31 cookies from this recipe, and maybe a little more. I found that the cookie batter was easier to work with if it was refrigerated a little after mixing. I refrigerated mine for 15 minutes, but I think a half hour would be even better. It will make it easier to scoop out your Tablespoonfuls of cookie dough.

These cookies are easy to make and great for this time of year, as we get closer to Thanksgiving…you may even want to make some for Thanksgiving weekend!

PUMPKIN-PECAN COOKIES by NancyCreative, adapted from VeryBestBaking.com

Makes 31 to 36 cookies

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I used unbleached flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup canned pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup finely chopped pecans (optional)
  • Whipping Cream Glaze (see recipe below)
  • 31 to 36 Pecan halves, for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease baking sheets.

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger in medium bowl; set aside.

In large bowl, beat sugar and butter until well blended. Add in pumpkin, egg, and vanilla, and beat until smooth. Fold in finely chopped pecans, if using. Gradually beat the flour mixture into this pumpkin mixture, and mix until well-blended. If you have time, refrigerate the cookie dough for 15 minutes to a half hour, for easier scooping.

Drop cookie dough by rounded Tablespoons onto your greased baking sheets. Bake for 14 to 15 minutes or until edges are firm (be careful not to over bake, or the cookies will be too dry). Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes (if you leave the cookies on the sheets any longer, they may stick, even if your pan is non-stick), then remove to wire racks to cool completely.

When cookies are completely cooled, spoon the Whipping Cream Glaze on each cookie and top with a pecan half.

WHIPPING CREAM GLAZE

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 to 6 1/2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a medium size bowl and blend until smooth. Use a spoon to dollop the glaze onto each cookie, then top with a pecan half (this is a thick glaze–if you’d like it thinner or even thicker, you can adjust the amounts of powdered sugar and whipping cream). You can use a little glaze or a lot…it’s up to you! If you put it on any heavier than I did (see above photo), you may need to make a little more glaze.

Hope you enjoy these cookies! What kinds of cookies do you like to bake in the fall?

Linked to Cookie Plan Monday.

My Pink Pumpkin

In mid-October, I finally got around to buying a pumpkin for my porch. I was at Wal-Mart, and I saw a display that said “Pink Pumpkins.” When I went over to look, I found that these pumpkins benefited breast cancer research. Then I remembered that October was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (see NBCAM.org). So of course I bought a pink pumpkin–not only did it benefit a good cause, but I also loved their uniqueness.

Cancer had also been on my mind just the month before, in September, when I had to have a biopsy myself. My lump was in a different area and it turned out to be benign, but for a short time I faced the possibility of having cancer. And that makes you look at life a little differently. Priorities change. Things that seemed important before suddenly don’t matter. One thing that struck me when I went to the huge medical complex to have my biopsy done was how packed the parking garages and parking lots were. That meant there were a lot of people dealing with cancer and other serious illnesses. Thankfully, there continue to be more and more cancer survivors as time goes on and hopefully we’re much closer to finding a cure soon.

Around this same time in September, when I was cleaning out a cabinet filled with books in my living room, I came across one I had read several years ago, One Month to Live. The book (a New York Times bestseller) challenges you to live life fully, with passion and purpose, making the most of your time here on earth. And living life with an eternal perspective–focusing on what really is important and leaving a meaningful legacy.

I noticed I had marked a page with a sticky note, so I went to that page and reread it. It included the story of a young wife and mother who was losing her battle with cancer. And then I thought about all those cancer patients at the medical complex. Even though there are more survivors and better treatments, some patients will make it through, and some, like this brave woman, will not. But she had an eternal perspective–she had the hope of heaven because of Jesus and knew she would see her family in heaven again. Here is the passage:

Jess Moody was a young pastor in Owensborough, Kentucky, when he became good friends with a young couple in his church. One day the husband came to Pastor Moody’s office clearly distraught and said, “Jess, I’ve just heard the most awful news. My wife has terminal cancer, and it has spread all over her body. The doctors have just told us she has only weeks, not even months, and Jess, she’s at the hospital, and she’s asking for you. We don’t know how to handle it. We don’t know what to do.”

Jess immediately went to the hospital. There the young wife and mother said to him, “I remember in one of your sermons you said a thousand years is like a day to God and a day is unto a thousand years. Is that true? Is a thousand years like a day to God?” The pastor said, “Yes, it’s in the Bible.” She said, “Good, because I’ve been doing the math, and I figure if a thousand years is like a day, then forty years is like one hour. I’ll be leaving my husband and the children soon. He may live another forty years, but that will be just like an hour to me in heaven. When he gets to heaven, I’ll greet him and say, ‘Where have you been for an hour? Did you just go to the office, or were you running errands? I’ve missed you.’ My children may live another seventy or eighty years, but that will be like two hours to me. When they get to heaven, I’ll greet them and say, ‘How was school today? Mom misses you when you’re gone for a couple of hours. I wonder how you are doing, because mommies don’t like to be away from their children long.’ “

Jess Moody said two weeks later she went to be with the Lord, and the last thing she said to her husband was “I love you. Take care of my children. I’ll see you in an hour.” 

From ONE MONTH TO LIVE, by Kerry and Chris Shook

What an inspiring example of having an eternal perspective! I was so touched when I read this. Because it was a tragic situation. But this woman’s story shows that even through tragedy, there is hope.

There is always hope.

You can find out more information about cancer, support, and treatments at Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the American Cancer Society.

Pumpkin Cornbread or Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins

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I had never heard of Pumpkin Cornbread until last year, when I saw some recipes on a few blogs. I knew I wanted to try making it, but I just ran out of time last autumn. So I was determined to make it this fall! I found a recipe from Sugar Crafter that I ended up trying and it was good, but my cornbread turned out a little drier than I like. So I tried it again with a few modifications…a lower baking temperature, a little plain yogurt to make it a little more moist, and a bit of honey to give it a nice hint of sweetness that complements the cinnamon and nutmeg flavors.

This recipe makes an 8×8″ pan of delicious Pumpkin Cornbread. Or, you can make Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins instead with this same recipe…it makes 12 beautiful, nicely rounded-top muffins that taste great warm out of the oven, spread with some butter and drizzled with some honey (they taste great without extra butter and honey, too, if you’re watching your calories).

Here’s my version of the recipe if you’d like to try it out!

PUMPKIN CORNBREAD or PUMPKIN CORNBREAD MUFFINS by Nancy Creative, adapted from Sugar Crafter

Makes one 8×8″ pan of cornbread or 12 cornbread muffins

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (I used all-purpose unbleached flour)
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt (I used plain Greek yogurt)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil (or you can substitute light olive oil)
  • 1 Tablespoon molasses
  • 1/2 Tablespoon honey

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease an 8×8″ baking pan or line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and cornmeal (using a whisk to blend these ingredients works well); after blending ingredients well, set aside.

In a large bowl, beat eggs, then stir in the pumpkin puree, plain yogurt, canola oil, molasses, and honey.

Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until combined. Pour batter into the greased 8×8″ baking pan, smoothing the top, OR spoon batter into 12 lined muffin cups (each cup should be about 2/3 full of batter).

Bake CORNBREAD (in 8×8″ pan) at 375 degrees for 22 to 25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean or almost clean (be careful not to over-bake cornbread, or it will be too dry).

Bake CORNBREAD MUFFINS at 375 degrees for 14 to 15 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean or almost clean (do not over-bake, or muffins will be too dry and may brown on the bottom).

I kind of prefer this cornbread in muffin form, but it really is good both ways! These are the perfect thing to make for a fall breakfast or brunch, and they make a great snack, too.

Are you a cornbread-lover? Do you have a special way of making it during the autumn season?

Pam’s Pumpkin Sheet Cake

Pam shares my love for baking, and she recently gave me this wonderful recipe for a pumpkin cake. It’s a large sheet-cake style cake, so it’s really easy to make and perfect for group get-togethers like potlucks, club meetings…any gathering where you have hungry people to feed! 🙂  I haven’t come across anyone who hasn’t liked this cake, so you just can’t go wrong in making this!

This sheet cake is made in a 10″x 15″x 1″ pan, so there’s plenty to go around. If you like Texas sheet cakes, then you’ll like this, too (unless you’re not crazy about pumpkin!). The cake is moist, with a great pumpkin flavor, and it’s topped with a creamy, smooth cream cheese frosting–a perfect combination!

Here’s the yummy recipe–thanks for sharing it, Pam!

PAM’S PUMPKIN SHEET CAKE from Pam S.

Makes one 10″x 15″ sheet cake

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (I used unbleached flour)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, blend eggs and sugar, then add the oil and pumpkin puree, blending everything well.

In medium bowl, mix flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, blending everything well. Add this dry indgredient mixture a little at a time to the egg/sugar mixture until everything is blended well, then spread into an ungreased 10″x 15″x 1″ pan (since I didn’t use a non-stick pan, I greased mine, but greasing your pan is optional).

Bake at 350 degrees for 24 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (I baked mine for 25 minutes). Let cake cool completely, then frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened (I used 6 ounces from an 8-ounce block of light cream cheese)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

In a medium bowl, beat butter, cream cheese, and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually add in powdered sugar and blend well. Frost cake when cooled. If not serving the cake soon after frosting it, store it in your refrigerator until almost ready to serve, taking it out of the fridge a little earlier so it can get to room temperature.

Yum! It’s hard not to just eat one piece of this cake!

It’s always fun trying new pumpkin recipes. Have you been making a lot of pumpkin goodies this fall?

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

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This is the time of year I start getting out my pumpkin recipes, like so many of you. But one thing I hadn’t tried making yet was pumpkin cupcakes. Since I’m a big cupcake fan, I thought it was about time to try this out! So I did some experimenting and was very happy with the results! The cupcakes puff up nicely with a rounded top and taste great with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting.

If you love pumpkin-flavored goodies, you’ll want to make these! This recipe gives you 22 yummy cupcakes. And you’ll have plenty of frosting if you like frosting your cupcakes generously like I do. If you just want to frost them lightly, you can halve the frosting recipe.

PUMPKIN CUPCAKES WITH CINNAMON CREAM CHEESE FROSTING by Nancy Creative

Makes 22 cupcakes

  • 2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, loosely packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 (15-oz.) can pure pumpkin puree (not canned pumpkin pie filling)
  • Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting (see recipe below)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 muffin pans (22 cups–you’ll have 2 less in one pan) with paper liners; set aside.

In medium bowl, blend the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

In large bowl, blend canola oil, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition. Stir in the milk and pumpkin puree and blend well. Add the flour mixture into this pumpkin mixture and stir until blended. Pour batter into muffin cups, filling each cup about 2/3 full.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in pans for about 5 minutes, then remove to completely cool on a wire rack.

You can make the frosting while cupcakes are cooling…

CINNAMON CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Makes enough to generously frost all your cupcakes! Halve the recipe if you want to frost your cupcakes more lightly.

  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese (regular or light), softened
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 7 1/2 to 8 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Blend softened cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Add in vanilla and cinnamon, blending everything well. Gradually add confectioner’s sugar a cup at a time, blending mixture after each addition. Frost cupcakes when they have completely cooled. If you’re not serving these soon after frosting them, refrigerate until ready to serve (because of the cream cheese in the frosting).

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Have you made any pumpkin recipes yet? What’s your favorite pumpkin treat?

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Pumpkin Bread with Pumpkin Buttercream

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I make a lot of pumpkin bread in the fall and winter, and wanted to try out a new recipe. So I decided to try the Pumpkin Loaf from Great Coffee Cakes, Sticky Buns, Muffins & More by Carole Walter (I made a few small changes, noted in the recipe below). It’s a great basic pumpkin bread recipe–the loaf rises nicely and has a great texture and taste. It’s very good, even without any spread or glaze…

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but I also thought it would be yummy with buttercream frosting. And, even better, Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting! So I came up with my own recipe for that and heaped it on the pumpkin bread. The frosting turns this tasty basic loaf of pumpkin bread into a delicious dessert! If you don’t like quite so much frosting, you can halve the frosting recipe. But I like frosting, so I put every last bit of it on the pumpkin loaf! 🙂

Here are the recipes for the Pumpkin Loaf and Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting. Makes one 9 x 5″ loaf.

PUMPKIN BREAD by NancyCreative, adapted from Great Coffee Cakes, Sticky Buns, Muffins and More

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar (I substituted light brown sugar)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest (I omitted this)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest (I left this out, too)
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/4 cups canned pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup chopped, toasted pecans or walnuts, optional (I didn’t add the nuts to the batter, but sprinkled them on top of the frosted loaf instead)

Position your oven rack in the middle of the oven, and preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 5″ loaf pan; set aside.

Combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and allspice in a medium bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined; set aside.

In another bowl, or bowl of an electric mixer, beat eggs on medium-high speed for two minutes or until lightened in color. Add the brown sugar, mixing for about 2 minutes, then the granulated sugar, mixing for about 1 minute. Add the orange and lemon zests, if using, and beat for another minute. Scrape down the bowl as needed.

Drizzle in the canola oil with beater on medium-low. Reduce speed to low and add the pumpkin puree. Mix until thoroughly combined. Add the dry ingredients in two additions and blend for 10-15 seconds just until incorporated. Fold in the pecans using a rubber spatula.

Spoon the batter into your prepared loaf pan and bake for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool loaf in pan for 10 to 15 minutes, then remove and cool completely on a wire rack.

If you’re going to frost the loaf, you can make the frosting while the loaf is cooling…

PUMPKIN BUTTERCREAM FROSTING by NancyCreative

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons canned pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons half & half or milk
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional, for sprinkling on top

Cream the butter, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and vanilla, blending well. Add powdered sugar a cup at a time, blending well after each addition. Add half & half or milk and blend well. NOTE: This makes a very thick buttercream frosting. If you want a thinner, creamier frosting, add more half & half or milk until you get the desired consistency.

After frosting the cooled pumpkin loaf, sprinkle with chopped pecans or walnuts if desired.

Frosted or unfrosted, I think you’ll love this pumpkin bread! 🙂

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