Saturday, October 10, 2015

Pumpkin Addiction by Shanna Hatfield

Admittedly, I have a thing for pumpkin sweets.
It's a lifelong affliction that seems to get worse instead of better because there are so many delicious pumpkin goodies available that didn't used to exist.
From September until December, I indulge my pumpkin cravings with a variety of tasty treats.
I thought I'd share a few of my favorites with you today.
Bigelow's Pumpkin Spice tea is incredibly good. I may or may not inhale the fragrant steam as it wafts upward in aromatic tendrils before I ever take a sip of the rich, spicy brew. Made with black tea, delicate spices and pumpkin flavors, the tea has become a staple of fall in my tea cupboard.

How about pumpkin cookies that are moist, flavorful, spicy - and only require two ingredients?
These are so, so easy to make.

Pumpkin Cookies
1 box of spice cake mix
1 small can of pumpkin pie filling
1 cup cream cheese frosting
toppings (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix cake mix and pumpkin until thoroughly blended.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment and drop spoonfuls of the dough onto the cookie sheet.
Bake about eight minutes, until the cookies are  set but not yet starting to brown.
Remove from oven and let cool.
Warm cream cheese frosting in the microwave for about 12 seconds, until thin enough to pour.
Drizzle over cookies.
Top with toffee bits, cinnamon, sprinkles or candied nuts.

Pumpkin Pie Bites, anyone?
Make your favorite pumpkin pie filling, but bake it in mini-muffin pans. You can freeze these (if any last that long).
The recipe for the crust is simple:
1/2 cup butter
3-4 ounce of cream cheese (3 oz. if you have a small pack or cut a large pack in half)
1 cup flour
Soften butter and cream cheese, blend together with flour until a soft dough forms. It will be sticky. Cover and chill for one hour or overnight. Press a walnut-size lump of dough into each muffin cup (a tart tamper or a small shot glass makes this job easy. Fill 3/4 full of pie filling and bake about 15-20 minutes in 350 degree oven.

This might be my favorite pumpkin dessert of all time - Pumpkin Bundt Cake with a cream cheese layer.
Moist, packed with pumpkin flavor, and accented with that cheesecake-like layer in the middle.

You can find the full recipe at Savvy Entertaining.
In The Cowboy's Autumn Fall, my heroine loves all things pumpkin.
Bailey Bishop attends her cousin’s wedding with no intention of extending her brief visit to Oregon. Married to her career as a paleontologist, she tries to ignore her intense attraction to her cousin’s best friend, Brice.  Brice Morgan thought love at first sight was some ridiculous notion of school girls and old ladies who read too many romance novels. At least he does until he meets Bailey Bishop and falls hard and fast for the intriguing woman.

I'm a little jealous because Brice brings Bailey pumpkin truffles. Yum!

What's your favorite flavor of fall? Pumpkin? Caramel? All things apple?

Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, hopeless romantic Shanna Hatfield is out to make it happen one story at a time. Her bestselling sweet historical and contemporary romances combine humor and heart-pumping moments with realistic characters.
When she isn’t writing or consuming copious amounts of chocolate, Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller, and fondly recalls the days of her youth spent on an Eastern Oregon farm.

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  1. No fair, Shannah - we just polished off the last batch of our pumpkin cookies and I was determined there'd be no more baking for the next few weeks (hoping I might find my waistline again somewhere soon!) and here you come along with these amazing-looking recipes! Oh yes, I easily succumb to temptation...

  2. Love it, Milou! I easily cave to the temptation of pumpkin (or chocolate treats!).
    Happy Autumn to you!

  3. In Australia pumpkin is never sweet - it's savory. When I was in America a couple of years ago I was introduced to pumpkin flavoured donuts and they were ok. I've tasted pumpkin pie too but can't say I'm a fan. I might have to try these recipes :)