Wednesday, October 21, 2009

my pumpkin obsession...

the husband says it is getting out of control.

so far i have made:

pumpkin spice granola from - thumbs up. i will be making this again!

pumpkin pie milkshakes from - 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)
4 eggs
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...


Mama Thompson said...

Pumpkin bars are one of my most favorite things ever! Just LOVE them...

Gretchen said...

I've baked two pumpkin recipes this week and they were both YUMMY! The first were these pumpkin bars from Joy the Baker: Mmmm. These disappeared so fast I didn't even realize the last one was gone. Even some super picky kids I know (not mine!) loved them and gobbled them right up.

The second recipe is this one, called Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies, but they are really more like a dense pumpkin bread or cake, no chocolate is involved.


* 1 1/2 sticks melted butter
* 2 cups brown sugar, packed
* 2 tsp vanilla
* 4 large eggs
* 2 cups or 1 15oz can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
* 2 cup all-purpose flour
* 2 teaspoon baking powder
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
* 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Cheesecake filling
* 1 1/2 pkgs cream cheese, softened
* 2 eggs
* 1 cup powdered sugar
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 4 tablespoons flour

Butter and flour an 11x13-inch baking pan. Heat oven to 350°.

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with brown sugar, 2 tsp vanilla, and 4 eggs until light and creamy. Beat in pumpkin puree. In a separate bowl, sift 2 cups of flour with baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. Slowly beat into the first mixture until well blended. Spread in prepared baking pan.

In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese for about 30 seconds, add 2 eggs, powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 4 tablespoons flour. Beat for 1 to 2 minutes, until smooth and creamy. Should be creamy, not liquidy! If it needs a little thickening, add another tbs of flour. Spoon onto the pumpkin batter. Using a small narrow spatula or butter knife, swirl the cream cheese batter into the pumpkin batter.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Mine took almost an hour to cook, could be the altitude, but the center was very jiggly, so I covered the edges with foil and kept cooking until the center no longer jiggled.

I suppose these aren't really brownies, since they don't have chocolate, but they are super tasty, and a perfectly good breakfast food :) Next up will be an actual chocolate and pumpkin brownie recipe for my husband!

Linds@ THAT'S SO CUEGLY said...

First of all, did the shake taste like pumpkin pie, or pumpkin from the can? (I really really love PUMKIN SHAKES!) Second of all, I just recently posted a pumpkin recipe, that I think you would all love.

Erin said...

gretchen- ooh the pumpkin cheesecakse brownies so ah-mazing!! i will have to give them a try. thanks!

linds- i have made pumpkin pancakes in the past but not yet this season. maybe i will make your recipe this saturday morning! thanks so much!

the shake tasted pumpkin pie. you will love it! it wasn't gross tasting at all. i am the same with cookie dough. i like it but i can only eat so much before i feel sick.

Jenn-Lee said...

I seriously loved those bars last night Erin. Thanks so much for making them. I cannot wait to bake these for my family once we settle in the new place. Thanks for the recipe!

Grace @ One Craft Girl's Corner said...

I love everything pumpkin! Stonecutters in Utah had a very yummy pumpkin shake I love!

abigail said...

pumpkin soup is my favorite!

Petit Elefant said...

I can almost smell them.....

I've had a recipe for pumpkin bars on my fridge for two weeks. It includes two pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting in the middle. Yum!

Jon said...

Let me know if you need a taster!

merathon said...

we love this pumpkin sauce recipe:

i think it might be similar to the rachael ray one, though!

Heather said...

My good friend gave me the link to this post and said that I Must Try!! these pumpkin bars. She knows that I have a pumpkin full of freezer and thinks your recipe is delicious. I have a few favourite pumpkin recipes, one is the pumpkin cinnamon buns here.

I also love these pumpkin scones.

And this pumpkin muffin recipe is the one I have been using since I was in grade 3. (Quite some time ago.) ;-)

Erin said...

heather, pumpkin cinnamon buns? that sounds unbelievably good! must. make. these. thanks for sharing!!

Sherlin said...

My favorite pumpkin recipe is Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread.
Here the link to the one i use:
id love to know if you try it!

RootsAndWingsCo said...

Who doesn't love a pumpkin obsession?! At least you are using it at the right time! ;)

Rebecca of the R&W Gals

Jenn said...

You should try Pumpkin Whoopie pies and use the pumpkin pulp from real pumpkins that you've carved...the recipe is on They're awesome.

Jessica said...

Hello, new to your blog and love all of your awesome ideas! And the pumpkin recipes, thank you! I love pumpkin and was very sad that canned pumpkin was so expensive this year and some awesome blogger showed me how to buy the cheaper pie pumpkins and puree them myself. So yay for more pumpkin!

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