so far i have made:
pumpkin spice granola from petitelefant.com - thumbs up. i will be making this again!
pumpkin pie milkshakes from ourbestbites.com - i had such high hopes for this but it tasted like i was eating straight pumpkin pie filling- good for a few bites but quickly becomes too much. i do have to say though that Our Best Bites has great recipes, everything else i have made from them has been fantastic!
pasta with pumpkin and sausage a Rachel Ray recipe from the Food Network - i thought this was delicious, so did the kids. my husband said it was good but also said he was weirded out by pumpkin in a savory dish.
pumpkin cookies with cinnamon frosting. from 30Days (a great blog BTW) i love the idea of pumpkin cookies but every recipe i try the cookies always seem undercooked even if i cook them twice the amount of time called for. anyone else have that problem? that said, i thought these turned out pretty well. the cinnamon frosting was to die for!
pumpkin bars - i make these every fall. i love them! this year i added cinnamon to the cream cheese frosting because i liked it so much in the frosting for the cookies.
pumpkin bars (adapted from a Paula Deen recipe)
1 2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup vegetable oil
15 oz can pumpkin puree
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
8 oz low fat cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoon cinnamon
3-6 cups powdered sugar (add more or less for your desired consistency)
preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
combine the eggs, sugar, apple sauce, oil and pumpkin until light and fluffy. stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, pumpkin, salt and baking soda. add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix at low speed until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth. apread the batter into a greased 13 by 10-inch baking pan. bake for 30 minutes. let cool completely before frosting. cut into bars.
for the icing: combine the cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. add the sugar and cinnamon and mix at low speed until combined. stir in the vanilla and mix again. spread on cooled pumpkin bars.
do you have a favorite pumpkin recipe? please share! although Michael may try to run away if i make anything else featuring pumpkin...