#77 – Pumpkin Recipes

This weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving, and in the spirit of it, I thought I would try some new autumn baking recipes! I’ve never worked with pumpkin before, but my friends assure me that it is a very yummy ingredient.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins by Jessica at The Novice Chef

I really liked this recipe! The muffins came out so moist, and the cream cheese added that perfect hint of sweetness to complement the pumpkin flavour. The only thing that I would change is to layer between the muffin mix and the cream cheese mix, so that there’s cream cheese flavour throughout, and not just on the top. As always with cream cheese recipes, I find that they taste better after being in the fridge overnight, as it helps to develop the flavour. I brought these muffins to a Thanksgiving dinner, and they seemed to be well-received! I would definitely consider making these again.

I’m actually super sad because I forgot to save a picture of these muffins (curses SnapChat and your deleting ways!). You’ll just have to take my word for it that they looked and tasted yummy! I will say that swirling takes time to learn and perfect though, as I definitely struggled with the first few muffins.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies by Jennifer at AllRecipes

This was the second recipe I attempted, so at this point, I just wanted to use up all the pumpkin I had left. This meant that I used slightly more than the recommended one cup, but it helped to make the cookies really soft and chewy! I also only had brown sugar, so these cookies came out looking very dark, and it was actually hard to tell if they were cooked, burnt, or neither.

This time, I did remember to take a picture! Because of the moist and sticky nature of the dough, they were drop cookies, and as a result, I couldn’t shape them to be quite as circular and cookie-like as I normally prefer. Still, since these were just for me and my friends to eat, they didn’t have to look quite as nice as the muffins did.

For both recipes, I would have loved to add more cinnamon. I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I need to use a lot of cinnamon before I can really taste it or enjoy it. I find that cinnamon really complements pumpkin, and I wish that there had been more cinnamon to bring that out.

What are some of your go-to autumn recipes? Are you a baker or a cook? I’m not much of a cook, but I’d love to hear some suggestions for me to try!

Until next time, happy crafting (or baking)!

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