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Pumpkin + Whoopie Pies = Love

Looking for something new to whip up this Halloween? While on the hunt for new pumpkin dessert ideas, I came across this recipe. I am going to try these Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies from Martha Stewart. What do you think? I am guessing that they are going to be our new favorite!

Ingredients

Makes about 20

  • FOR THE COOKIES
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-process)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • FOR THE FILLING
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup canned solid pack pumpkin
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Directions

  1. Prepare cookies: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl; set aside.
  2. Place butter, shortening, and sugars into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on high speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add egg; mix until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in half the flour mixture, then the milk and vanilla. Mix in remaining flour mixture.
  3. Drop about 2 teaspoons dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies spring back when lightly touched, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer baking sheets to wire racks and let cool 10 minutes. Remove cookies from baking sheets and transfer to wire racks using a spatula; let cool completely.
  4. Prepare filling: In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together cream cheese, butter and confectioners’ sugar on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg; whip until smooth, scraping down the bowl as necessary.
  5. Pipe or spoon about 2 teaspoons filling on the flat sides of half the cookies. Sandwich with remaining cookies, keeping the flat sides down.


Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies recipe via MarthaStewart.com

And since we are talking about pumpkin desserts, I’m going to remind you of my all-time-favorite Pumpkin Shake recipe. You’re welcome.

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The {mini} Cupcake Craze!

There aren’t many things better than a cupcake (wouldn’t you agree?) BUT what about a mini cupcake that bakes in simply 8 minutes? This darling device called Babycakes — is like a waffle maker meets easy bake oven. You can even make brownies, mini pies… even mini quiches!

I immediately thought of making these cupcake skewers that Courtney from Pizzazzerie is known for.

She even gives you the simple DIY instruction on her blog. Check out how to make cupcake skewers here.

Or what about these mini pies from Not Martha? The possibilities are endless! What you YOU make first?

You can purchase Babycakes here.

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Halftime Snacks | Party Food

If you are throwing a sports themed party (like I did recently – here), you may be wondering how to incorporate all those salty, sporty snacks into your event. I decided to do a play on the oh-so popular sweet dessert tables. We swapped out most of the sweet goodies for sporty favorites like sunflower seeds and Cracker Jacks.

These “Halftime Snacks” were a huge hit. I often found guests scooping up their favorites into individual bags and even huddling (get it) around the table grabbing handfuls of these salty treats.

The “Halftime Snacks” sign was adapted from a free printable from Hostess with the Mostess. See the DIY originals here.

Classic sport favorites like Big League Chew and Slim Jims fit into this sports theme perfectly.

This savory (and a little sweet) dessert table included: Sunflower seeds, peanuts, pretzels, Corn Nuts, Slim Jims, Cracker Jacks, Big League Chew, Hot Tamales and Boston Baked Beans.

Overall, we think we hit a home run with this table. What do you think? Did we leave something out?

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Get Your Hot Dogs!

Hot dogs (3 ways) were served at the recent sport themed party I hosted. Playing off the regional hot dogs found at ballparks across the country, I chose three that I felt guests would enjoy the most.

First, I decided that rather than having someone man the grill the entire party — I would just use a hot dog roller to keep the dogs cooked and warm as guests needed them.

Then, I created the table of condiments.

Along with the world famous Cubby Dog (Chicago style hot dog), there was:

  • a spicy Cowboy Dog: Texas Chili, cheese, onions, and jalapenos
  • a good ole’ fashioned Dodger Dog: Ketchup, Mustard, Relish

Placed on the table were signs (like the one above) that outlined for guests what to pile on each dog.

These DIY signs were adapted from the free printables over at HWTM.

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S’more please!

Have you checked the National Food Calendar today? Well, if not you might be pleased to know that today is National S’mores Day. Could there be a more delicious reason to gather a few yummy recipes? In honor of this ooey gooey day, here are a few great s’more recipes for you. Have one of your own? Share your favorite s’more recipe with us in the comments!

Peanut butter and chocolate? OH MY! Try this s’mores sandwich recipe for an over-the-top treat!

Make s’more chocolate truffles. These would be perfect for a dessert table at a party, don’t you think?

S’mores + cupcakes = heaven! Try making these s’more cupcakes with Bakerella’s step-by-step instructions.

Want to drink your dessert? This s’more mocktail would be the perfect sip for today!

So… which would you try first? Have another recipe? Share it with us!

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Flag Cakes & Cupcakes

If you have found yourself searching for cute {but sorta simple} American flag cake or flag cupcake ideas, we’ve got you covered. There is still time to whip up an impressive patriotic dessert that won’t take a lot of time and doesn’t require odd ingredients you will have to hunt for. I’m pretty sure you will have everything on-hand to make at least one of these festive red, white and blue dessert ideas.

1. Creative Hidden Layered Cake Flag {via 17 and Baking}

2. Blueberry topped Wave the Flag Cupcakes {via SheKnows}

3. Angel Food Flag Cake {via Betty Crocker}

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