Sunday, September 9, 2012

Pumpkin Brownies and Pumpkin Snickerdoodles. Yummy Fall Treats!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Brownies

Now that it is September, fall is officially around the corner!  I love everything about the fall, especially all things "pumpkin."  In honor of the upcoming season, we whipped up some of these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Brownies and boy were they good! 
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Brownies
Yield: 24 small brownies

1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 whole egg
2 egg whites
1 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350˚F.  Line an 11″- x 7″-inch pan with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine pumpkin puree, eggs and oil until smooth.  Set aside.
In a separate medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, spices, salt and brown sugar.  Add to the wet ingredients and mix until thoroughly incorporated.  Stir in the chocolate chips.
Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly.  Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until passes toothpick test.  Cool completely before cutting.

(Recipe courtesy of Pennies on a Platter)

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

One of my favorite cookies of all time is the Snickerdoodle.  The recipe actually comes from my Grandma and it is the softest and chewiest Snickerdoodle cookie I have ever had. With fall just around the corner, I was thinking about what those Snickerdoodle cookies would taste like if I added pumpkin to them . . .
The end result: AMAZING! 
My whole family devoured them. They didn't even last for 8 hours . . . they were gone so fast!
They are so soft and chewy and have just the right amount of pumpkin in them. Try them out for yourself!

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies
1 stick (1/2 cup) margarine
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
1 large egg
3 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mix together the margarine, shortening, sugars, pumpkin, and egg, beat well. Add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and mix until well-blended.
Chill dough for about 30 minutes (or cheat like me and throw it in the freezer for about 10 minutes). Roll into balls the size of small walnuts.
In a separate bowl, mix 1/2 cup sugar with 1 Tablespoon cinnamon and 1/2 tsp ground ginger (more or less depending on how you like it). Roll dough balls in sugar mixture until completely covered.
Place dough balls about 2" apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Parchment paper works well too.
Bake 7-9 minutes until lightly browned, but still soft.
Makes about 4-5 dozen cookies.

(recipe courtesy of six sisters)

Let cool and watch them disappear!

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