I lamented about this in my post on mulling wine, but the season I miss most in Arizona is fall. The crisp air, the colorful leaves, and most of all, the hundreds of pumpkin spiced food and drink items. This time of year, I spend hours scouring Pinterest, repinning and drooling over pumpkin muffins, smoothies, cakes, soups, and just about any other orange concoction that has pumpkin in the name.
As good as all those recipes look visually, just viewing them on my glowing computer screen doesn’t quite satisfy my pumpkin spice tooth, so I decided this year I was going to do something about it. For five days, I made a different pumpkin recipe from Pinterest.
Come join me as we take a sweet journey for your taste buds!
Day 1: Pumpkin Brownies with Pumpkin Spice Buttercream
Source: Cookies & Cups
How did it taste? The unique thing about this treat is that the brownie is two ingredients – a can of pumpkin and a box of brownie mix. The texture is more like a fudgy brownie and it’s not overly sweet, even with the icing
Any tips? They tasted great without it, but the frosting is amazing, so it’s worth the extra effort. Also, I don’t know what planet where a 9 x 9” pan yields 25 brownies, but it’s not the Jenny planet. I yielded 9 brownies.
Day 2: Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
Source: Seeded at the Table
How did it taste? If you like snickerdoodles and pumpkin, you will love this. The cinnamon spice in combo with the pumpkin is fantastic. The dough is a great snickerdoodle base and wasn’t too dry once baked.
Any tips? I am horrible at measuring cookies. If a recipe says it makes 4 dozen, I usually end up with two. I had the opposite issue here in that I ended up with more cookies than the recipe said I would. This recipe yields 3-4 dozen. I ended up with 6. The bonus was that it took almost half the time to bake. My measurements were tablespoon-sized balls, so if you want 3-4 dozen, make them bigger.
Day 3: Pumpkin French Toast Bake
Source: Minimalist Baker
How did it taste? I now understand why french toast bakes are so popular. It was incredibly easy, and the taste was great! It was very similar to a bread pudding – moist on the lower half, and crispy and spicy with cinnamon on the top half.
Any tips? Follow this recipe as-is and you can’t go wrong. I halved it, per her recommendation, and it worked great.
Day 4: Spiced Pumpkin Buttermilk Biscuits
Source: Sweet Pea’s Kitchen
How did it taste? The first thing I thought as I bit into the biscuit was that it was an exceptionally good biscuit, not just as a pumpkin treat, but as a biscuit in general. Above and beyond that, the pumpkin flavor is subtle, making this biscuit perfect for Thanksgiving.
Any tips? I am not sure I did her folding method correctly, but I tried it anyway and the biscuits turned out exactly as they were pictured – tall and layered. I think a cinnamon butter would be spectacular on these.
Day 5: Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
Source: Sweet Peas and Pumpkins
How did it taste? It’s like pumpkin pie in a glass. And the best part is that you get a filling and healthy pumpkin fix instead of a coffee drink that gives you the calories but none of the nutritional value that this smoothie packs into one glass.
Any tips? To make it more filling, I added ¼ cup of old fashioned oats and ½ tablespoon of ground flax seed. I also blended all the ingredients and then added ice and blended again to make it colder.
This was a really fun experiment, and I plan to do this again around Christmastime with gingerbread or breakfast/brunch recipes.
What is your favorite pumpkin treat of the fall season? Are there any Pinterest goodies that you want to try out? Let us know how it goes in the comments below!