Monday, November 2, 2009

pumpkin whoopsie pies

This week canned pumpkin is my mission. I'm working on developing some recipes/ideas for an AM New York article that I'm being interviewed for later this week. Today was testing day 1 and unfortunately did not result in very much success. This picture represents the different batches that I made today. I went to the grocery store 3 times and once in my apron. I didn't realize until I got there and felt terribly embarrassed in my frilly polka dots. How does a person run out of sugar and flour in the same day?! I don't do this often, but I might give up on this one. Something is just wrong, and I can't seem to fix it. The cookies need to be more spongey and orange. Plus, I thought the mini-chocolate chips were a great idea and realized at the end that they definitely were not.

So I'm once again reaching out to readers for pumpkin ideas. What is your favorite way to utilize canned pumpkin this time of year? I'm working on recipes for Pumpkin Chili, Pumpkin Gingersnap Shakes, Pumpkin Pancakes with Pecan Syrup, Pumpkin Risotto, and Pumpkin Sweet Rolls. Any other ideas?

p.s. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the cornbread recipes. Once this pumpkin stuff is behind me, there will be cornbread baking in the oven!


Julie said...

Hey Kelsey! Love your blog :) Last Friday the YW made pumpkin pasta...I didn't go but heard it was pretty much amazing. Love all your ideas!

Mandy said...

I'm a big fan of pumpkin muffins with or without mini chocolate chips.

And good luck with the corn bread - I spent over a year working on testing a bunch of recipes until I finally concocted a hybrid of my own that I love! In my opinion, the absolute key is freshly ground corn meal.

You can find it here - it is a sweet, buttery corn bread that is fabulous!

L & H & Q & E said...

I make pumpkin mini bundt cakes every year that are amazing. Sprinkle with powdered or sanding sugar...

We also love pumpkin rice pudding with golden raisins, cranberries, apples, lots of brown sugar & cinnamon, maybe some real maple syrup or toasted walnuts. Yummy.

Amy said...

Your pumpkin ideas sound so good! I enjoy following your blog.
Here is my very favorite pumpkin recipe (don't know if canned pumpkin pie mix counts though). I love the idea of having dip for cookies!

Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip

The Cookies:
1 ½ c. butter
2 c. sugar
2 eggs
½ c. molasses
4 c. all-purpose flour
4 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. salt
Additional sugar

In mixing bowl cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add molasses; mix well. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Chill overnight. Shape into ½ in. balls, roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake @ 375 for 6 minutes or until edges begin to brown.

Pumpkin Dip:

1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 can (18 oz.) pumpkin pie mix
2 c. confectioners’ sugar
½ to 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ to ½ tsp. ground ginger
1- 1 ½ tubs Cool whip

Beat cream cheese in a mixing bowl until smooth. Add pumpkin pie mix; beat well. Add sugar, cinnamon, and ginger; beat until smooth. Fold in cool whip until dip reaches desired consistency and flavor.

(Makes a TON once the cool whip is added, maybe ½ it or so.)

Julie E. said...

My two favorites are pumpkin gingerbread and pumpkin waffles. Recipes are on my blog. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Carlee Hoopes said...

Here are some pumpkin recipes from my sister's blog:

They might give you some ideas of things to do with pumpkin at least. Good luck!

jessica said...

I LOVE pumpkin! I made pumpkin whoopie pies this year, for the first time and loved them. You can check out the recipe here:

PS love your blog!

Lisa said...

I made these yummy pumpkin cupcakes on Halloween and they did not disappoint. The cupcake recipe is from Martha and the frosting is just a basic cream cheese frosting recipe.

Martha Stewart's pumpkin cupcakes
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp coarse salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted and cooled
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice. Set aside.
2. Separately, whisk together, brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, and eggs. Add dry ingredients, and whisk until smooth. Whisk in pumpkin puree. [the recipe calls for 15 oz. of pumpkin puree, which is actually half of of the cans of pumpkin you find at most stores].
3. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling each about halfway to 3/4 full. Bake approximately 20 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Cream butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add vanilla. Add powdered sugar until blended smooth.


Jodi said...

Last year or the year before I made pumpkin ravioli from a recipe someone gave me. I believe it was originally from Rachel Ray. (Gasp! People love to bash on her, I love her.) I hope you post your pumpkin recipes here, I'm pretty passionate about pumpkin.

Oh, I just thought about pumpkin cheesecake. Mmmm.

Billy and MacKenzie said...

Hey! So I love reading your blog. It gives me plenty of ideas on cooking, which I love! A pumpkin recipe I stumbled across the other day is pumpkin bread. Here's the recipe. I hope it gives you something to go off of!


4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups quick-cooking oats
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2-1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
1-1/2 cups warm water (120° to 130°)
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup canola oil
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup raisins


1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a large bowl, combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, oats, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, salt, sugar and yeast. Beat in the warm water, pumpkin, applesauce and oil just until moistened. Add eggs; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining all-purpose flour to form a firm dough. Add raisins.

Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll each portion into an 18-in. x 9-in. rectangle; brush with butter to within 1/2 in. of edges. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over dough. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a short side; pinch seam to seal.
Place seam side down in two greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.

Bake at 350° for 55-65 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).

Kelly M said...

I've never made anything with pumpkin, but have a husband who LOVES pumpking chocolate chip cookies made by other people! You'll have to share whatever recipes work out in the end.

Julie said...

The easiest pumpkin chocolate chip cookies ever!

2 spice cake mixes
1 large can of pumpkin
1 bag of chocolate chips

mix dry cake mixes with the pumpkin until incorporated. Then stir in choco chips. Drop on cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.

Easy and Yum!

Brie Wheelwright said...
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Brie Wheelwright said...

I'm so happy I found your blog!

My favorite pumpkin recipe is a cookie one. If you're interested, you can get it at

I can't wait to see what else you come up with, I'm a huge fan.

Kate said...

I love Erin of Fresh365's Maple-Pumpkin Pasta with Blue Cheese and Sage:

I love your blog as well! Thanks for all of the wonderful recipes!

BeeHive said...

I am a huge whoopie pie fan and can't wait to try your pumpkin version.

Cookies said...

I know it's a little late, but these are two of my favorite pumpkin recipes...pumpkin brownies and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!