I love pumpkin recipes; so much that I add pumpkin to all kinds of dishes year round. This time of year there is an abundance of hype surrounding this fantastically healthy ingredient. Typically I add pure pumpkin to a healthy recipe but this year I got out the sugar and made some delectable pumpkin desserts. Here are my favorite pumpkin recipes of 2014:
1. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies: The main reason I gravitated towards this recipe was it’s claim to produce chewy rather than “cakey” cookies. It succeeded! I followed Sally’s advice and these cookies DO taste better the longer they cool. I highly recommend keeping them in the fridge for a day before sharing. Give yourself at least an hour before you “make sure they are good.” 😉 These cookies are soft and dense; very filling. ***The only substitution I made was using dark chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet chips***
2. Double Decker Pumpkin Bread: This bread was soft, rich & creamy. The swirl of cheesecake really was a decadent accent that I appreciated. My bread did not have a perfect cheesecake swirl–I think I should have reserved more batter for the layer that went over the cheesecake. It still worked well. ***I added cinnamon chips to the bread batter but I could not notice their flavor in the final product***
3. Pumpkin Crunch Cake: I found this gem being shared all over Facebook with no author credits. I loved this cake! The recipe calls for a pumpkin base, topped with boxed cake mix, followed by chopped pecans; drizzled with butter. The butter covered pecans make this cake! It is that perfect marriage of sweet & salty that I love. This cake is delicious served warm but has a much nicer presentation once it is allowed to cool overnight if you are planning on sharing it.
I had a lot of fun trying out new recipes–but if you are looking for some healthier suggestions for incorporating pumpkin into your diet, then consider adding pure pumpkin to: banana smoothies, pancakes & waffles, oatmeal, or muffins. I do not have photos but my sister was kind enough to bake us some Flour-less Pumpkin Muffins in preparation for a Sabbath last month. They are mainly almond butter and pumpkin and they are one of my favorite pumpkin recipes too! I’m sure this won’t be the end of my pumpkin appreciation for the year. I hope everyone is enjoying their fall whether you are roasting & have the air on (SO jealous Amber!) or you are like us in the midwest; debating when to turn your furnace on as the night temps creep into the 30’s.