The smell of pumpkin is in the air! Well at least in my house. I love that fall rolls around and all of a sudden you see everything from pumpkin lattes, muffins, donuts & cookies to pumpkin pancakes, casseroles & soups! Its so much fun experimenting with pumpkin, its also a lot of fun to carve a pumpkin.
My kids love Halloween and carving pumpkins so earlier this year we thought it would be a great idea to grow our own pumpkins! The kids were super excited, so we got the soil ready, planted the seeds and watched them grow. We also grew a few other veggies & herbs. Well the funny thing about Tennessee is that most of the time you don’t have a fenced in yard, at least we don’t, which means whatever animals are out there are free to roam your land…for example…DEER. One morning my son went out to check on his pumpkin plants, which by the way were growing extremely well, all of a sudden I hear “mom! my pumpkins have been eatin’!” followed by a few tears. So I of course run outside to see what had happened. Low and behold the plants were chopped down to nothing. I felt so bad for him and said we can try growing them again, but he was soooo upset!
Later that day I went out to check on some of our other veggies and noticed both of our tomato plants and all the blueberries had been eatin’! I’m talkin’ full on gone! Those mangy deers! Needless to say, out of everything we planted, the only things left standing are the peppers and herbs…sad story but completely true!
I guess we will be buying pumpkins this year haha!
Now that I’ve bored you to death with that, I am here to tell you about a fun little treat! Perfect for the fall, halloween, kids, or just to eat! I’ve taken my Pumpkin Spice “Muffies” and made them to look like cute like cute little pumpkin tops.
Now you will see that some of these I left more rustic looking and some I have colored the cookie dough orange to look more like a pumpkin. You can do one or the other, or both like I have, to each their own!
You can even go super fun for a Halloween themed party and set these out with candy corn some caution tape and other yummy Halloween goodies!
- ½C butter, softened
- ¾C brown sugar, packed
- ¼C granulated sugar, plus extra for rolling
- 1 large egg
- ¾C canned pumpkin
- 1tsp vanilla
- 1½C all-purpose flour
- ½tsp baking soda
- 1tsp all-spice
- 1tsp cinnamon
- ½C-1C pecan halves
- In bowl of a stand mixer cream together butter and sugars.
- Add egg, pumpkin, and vanilla. Mix well.
- In a medium sized bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, allspice, and cinnamon.
- Add dry mixture to wet and stir until combine, don’t over mix.
- Refrigerate for 30 min or more.
- Pre-heat oven to 350.
- Take out dough and roll into 1in balls and roll in some granulated sugar.
- Place on cookie sheet and make small slices(like a pumpkin would have) around cookie.
- Bake for 8-10 min or until they crack. They may not seem done but they are!
- Take out of oven and re-draw lines if they have slightly gone away.
- Take a pecan and gently stick in top of pumpkin cookie.
- There you have it, a pumpkin top!
These are just so yummy, kind of a cross between a muffin and a cookie, hence the original title “muffie”, these easy treats will surely wow your guests!