Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

I know it’s December and it seems like pumpkin is so passé and so November, but pop these in the oven ASAP! These muffins are moist, homey and just plain delicious. The markets still have plenty of pumpkin puree and cranberries on their shelves. They would be perfect for all those guests coming in and…

Frosted Pumpkin Cookies

If you combined pumpkin cupcakes and pumpkin muffin tops, you’d get these cookies. I’m not sure how that hybrid works, but they’re cookies nonetheless, and they are delicious! Beware: they’re chewy, flavorful and addicting. As you begin to think ahead to Thanksgiving, consider adding these cookies to the mix. I know pies are the usual…

Pumpkin Challah

This is a new seasonal staple. What an excellent way to celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of a new season. This pumpkin challah is truly delicious. It’s not too sweet, with just the perfect hint of pumpkin and cinnamon. It makes amazing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches; and I just can…

Pumpkin Oatmeal Lavender Bars

One morning I made pumpkin applesauce muffins. Then I had leftover pumpkin so I made these, which are an adapted version of these lavender cherry oatmeal bars. Then I made raspberry crumb bars. Then I just kept baking all morning. I loved that morning. Music, check. Food, check. Slippers on, check. Relaxation, check. Not only…

Pumpkin Applesauce Muffins

The can of pumpkin puree stared at me from the back of the pantry. It just sat there waiting patiently to be made into something. Anything! For months I glanced over it to the beans for a cassoulet; the honey for some oatmeal bars; the pine nuts for a butternut squash dish. Finally, while walking…

Pumpkin Scones

The scones come out of oven, I immediately try one, burn my mouth slightly and wonder if they’re not sweet enough. But after I let my mouth recover and the scones cool a little more, I realize that these not being so sweet ain’t a bad thing. I reminded myself that these are pumpkin scones,…

Happy Thanksgiving: Desserts!

Last weekend our plans for Thanksgiving got turned inside out and upside down. We were going to go back to North Carolina. Then maybe California. Then definitely Ohio. Then none of the above. Then we decided to stay put, avoid ridiculously expensive airline tickets and long drives. We discovered that several of our friends were…

Mini Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie

After I finished making the pumpkin pie, I had about cup or more of the pumpkin filling left. Feel creative, I put together the following: Ingredients Pumpkin pie filling (see pumpkin pie recipe) 1/2 bag of mini chocolate chips 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1 1/2 packages of graham crackers 1/4 cup sugar 5 T. butter,…