Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Sweet Pumpkin Treats

Sweet Pumpkin Treats

Great Pumpkin Cookies

4 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
2 cups quick or old fashioned oats, uncooked
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups butter or margarine, softened
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 can, 16 ounce, solid pack pumpkin
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
sprinkles or other cookie decorations
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, oats, cinnamon, and salt; set aside. Cream butter, add sugars gradually, beating until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla; mix well. Alternate after each addition. Stir in chocolate chips. For each cookie, drop 1/4 cup dough onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Spread into a pumpkin shape using a thin metal spatula or the back of a large metal spoon. Add a bit more dough to form a stem. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until cookies are firm and browned. Remove and cool on racks. Decorate using your favorite icing and assorted candies. Makes about 32 large cookies. NOTES: I thought butterscotch chips, white chocolate morsels or toffee bits worked better in these. For icing you can use a plain white icing and add yellow and red food coloring to create orange or caramel frosting is nice too. You can make faces with another color of icing, or sprinkle with cookie decorations.

Frozen Pumpkin Mousse Pie
Frozen Pumpkin Mousse Pie

Makes 10 servings

ACTIVE TIME: 20 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 2 hours 20 minutes (including freezing time)


30 small gingersnap cookies (about 7 1/2 ounces)
2 tablespoons raisins
1 tablespoon canola oil

1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 pints (4 cups) frozen low-fat vanilla ice cream, softened (see Tip)

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-inch deep-dish pie pan with cooking spray.
2. To prepare crust: Combine gingersnaps and raisins in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add oil and pulse until blended. Press evenly into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pan.
3. Bake the crust until set, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
4. To prepare filling: Combine pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg in a large bowl and mix well. Add ice cream and stir until blended. Spoon the mixture into the cooled pie crust. Freeze until firm, at least 2 hours. Let the pie soften slightly in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes before serving.

Glazed Chocolate-Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Makes 16 servings

ACTIVE TIME: 30 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 3 1/2 hours (including cooling time)


1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-process)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup nonfat buttermilk
1 15-ounce can unsweetened pumpkin puree
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature (see Tip)
1 large egg white, at room temperature
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Glaze & Garnish
1/2 cup packed confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon nonfat buttermilk
2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips or toasted chopped nuts (see Tip)

1. To prepare cake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray.

2. Whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, granulated sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a medium bowl.

3. Blend 1 cup buttermilk, pumpkin puree and brown sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed. Beat in whole egg and egg white. Stir in oil, corn syrup and vanilla. Gradually add the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan.

4. Bake the cake until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove from the pan and let cool completely on the rack, about 2 hours.

5. To glaze & garnish cake: Combine confectioners' sugar and 1 tablespoon buttermilk in a small bowl, stirring until completely smooth. Place the cake on a serving plate and drizzle the glaze over the top; garnish with chocolate chips (or chopped nuts) while the glaze is still moist.

No-Bake Pumpkin Squares


1 quart vanilla ice cream, softened
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
16 ounce can pumpkin
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
Remove the ice cream from the freezer and allow to soften. In a small dish, melt the butter or margarine. Place about 11 large graham crackers in a plastic bag and crush to make 1 1/2 cups of crumbs. Add the sugar and cooled butter and mix well. Press this evenly into the bottom of a 9-inch square pan. In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, brown sugar, salt, and spices. Fold in the softened ice cream and stir until smooth. Spread this evenly onto the graham cracker base. Cover and freeze until firm, about two hours.

Twenty minutes before serving, remove the pan from the freezer and allow to thaw at room temperature. Cut into 3-inch squares. Serve with whipped cream.

Pumpkin Cheese Pie

2 unbaked 9 inch pie shells
3 cups pumpkin puree, (fresh or canned)
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
3/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
3/4 tsp. ground cloves
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 cups evaporated milk (1 large can)
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
12 ounces cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all filling ingredients in a large bowl. Beat well. Divide between the two pie shells. Combine all topping ingredients in small bowl of electric mixer. Beat until smooth. Spoon mixture carefully over the pumpkin filling, dividing topping between the two pies. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on racks. Chill for 24 hours before serving.

Pumpkin Pudding
Pumpkin Pudding

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
4 eggs, separated
1 pound can of pumpkin
6 ice cubes
3 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

In medium pan combine sugar, water and gelatin. Let stand 1 minute. Beat in egg yolks using a wire whisk. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until gelatin is dissolved and mixture is thick and foamy, about 3 minutes. Pour into 5 cup blender container. Add remaining ingredients. Process at high speed until ice is melted, about 2 minutes. Pour into serving dishes. Chill until set, about 1-2 hours. Serves 8. If desired top with crushed pecans and whipped cream.

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