Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pumpkin Bites

I am totally into pumpkin this fall. So far I have made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin cobbler, pumpkin cheesecake and now these pumpkin bites. I'm even stirring around spoon fulls of pumpkin puree into my morning oatmeal - yummy! I've been using Libby's Pure Pumpkin in my recipes because the idea of pureeing a real pumpkin has kind of intimated me, plus Libby's just make it so darn easy! Maybe one of these days I'll give it a try.

I made these pumpkin bites for an event I was catering at my work place this week. I found the recipe on She's Becoming Doughmesstic. They are just so cute and the frosting is absolutely fantastic! I totally licked the mixing bowl of my pink mixer after I finished making these! Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Pumpkin Bites

(makes 60+ Sandwich cookies)
3 cups plus 2 T all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 T cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup canola oil
3 cups pumpkin puree
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and spices. Set aside.
In a mixer bowl, whisk the sugars, canola oil and melted butter together. Add the pumpkin puree and combine thoroughly. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until combined. Pour the flour mixture over the wet ingredients and slowly whisk to combine. Do not over mix.
Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare baking sheets by lining with parchment paper or a SilPat.
Place entire mixer bowl in the refrigerator to chill for 20 minutes while oven preheats, then transfer batter to a piping bag fitted with a star tip (I used Wilton #21). Pipe cookies in about 1 inch circles onto prepared sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until cookies look done. Once cool, fill centers with cream cheese frosting.
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
1 stick butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla
dash of salt
Beat cream cheese, butter, salt and cinnamon until lump free and smooth. Gradually add sugar until well combined. Add vanilla until just incorporated. Pipe onto cookies and sandwich them together. Enjoy!

15 comments:

  1. Your recipe for the cream cheese frosting w/cinnamon sounds GREAT!!!
    Geri

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  2. These sound so good... the frosting with cinnamon and pumpkin cookies sounds amamzing!!

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  3. These look like Macaroons! And all the spices....I can feel the warmth. kitchenbutterfly.com

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  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I hope you'll keep coming back!

    Your recipes look fantastic!

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  5. what a nice blog! these look delicious :)

    my blog changed name here's the new link http://maltesebakes.blogspot.com

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  6. Hi-this is my first visit to your adorable blog. Your pumpkin bites look so yummy. I've actually bookmarked several recipes like this one but haven't yet had the opportunity to bake them up. Can't wait to try them.

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  7. Great combo of spices in your bites! Thanks for sharing :)

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  8. Yum!! I love anything pumpkin!! : D

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  9. I love pumpkin too. In fact, my whole family loves pumpkin. These pumpkin bites look great and I am putting these on my must try list. Really cute blog. I love your profile description!

    Holly @ 504 Main

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  10. Pardon me as I drool at your fantastic combination of pumpkin and cream cheese frosting --excuse me-- CINNAMON cream cheese frosting. SWEET!

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  11. Pumpkin has got to be my fave fall flavor! I've been wanting to make this since last year but my laziness towards cookie baking keep stopping me.
    ~ingrid

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  12. I just posted something like this on my blog a few days ago, but we called them pumpkin whoopie pies. They look great! I love the cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

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  13. I just love your little pink mixer! Who needs a bread machine, when our KA does all the hard work? I love pumpkin. I wish I had more time to bake desserts, because I'd bake everyone one of your recipes. They're all so beautiful.
    If you make the PW skillet rolls, I'd love to know how they turn out for you. They are fab!

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  14. loving all of your pumpkin recipes! It is the season!

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  15. I made these delectable little bites last weekend for my annual fall party. I have never recieved so many compliments! Thank you for sharing this recipe. (I piped my cookies into 3/4in. circles for a smaller "bite" and the recipe made about 220 cookies! They were gone in less than 30 minutes, lol).

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