Holiday Treats: Thanksgiving Edition

Fall is coming to a closure and Thanksgiving is in a few days. Thanksgiving is a time for family, counting blessings and most importantly, eating really good food. If you have a sweet tooth, Thanksgiving is the holiday for you.

At this time of year, it is fun to experiment with different dessert recipes, since there are so many festive, and different twists on simple recipes. Sit back, relax, drink a pumpkin spice latte, and enjoy the various desserts that will look perfect on your Thanksgiving table.

First up, we have Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting. When you bite into this cookie, it instantly feels like fall.

Here are the ingredients to this delicious pumpkin cookie:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powderimg_0041

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1 cup butter

3/4 cup white sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 egg

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree

For the icing:

1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups confectioner sugar

Once the all the ingredients are out, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. This way, by the time the cookies are ready to go in the oven, the oven will be ready too. Now it is time to prepare the recipe. Start by whisking the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and ginger together. Then in a separate bowl, beat the butter, white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and egg with an electric mixer. After all these ingredients are beaten together, beat in the pumpkin puree. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture. After the batter is complete, spoon batter by teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto baking sheets. Put in the sheet for about 10 minutes, or until cookies are a golden color. While the cookies are baking, prepare the frosting. Beat cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in a bowl with an electric mixer. Beat in confectioners’ sugar, about 1/2 cup at a time, until frosting is smooth and spreadable. Wait until the cookies are cooled, to prevent the icing from melting. 

Next recipe, are the Pecan Pie Bars. This is a nice break from traditional pies, and is super easy.

Here are the ingredients you will need when making these bars:

4 eggs

1 1/2 cups light corn syrup

1 1/2 cups white sugar

3 tablespoons margarine(melted)141653

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 1/2 chopped pecans

For the crust:

3 cups of all-purpose flour

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup margarine

After getting all the ingredients ready, start preparing the crust. Stir the flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Then, cut in the margarine until the mixture looks crumbly. Place this mixture in 10×15 inch jellyroll pan. Once spread evenly, place pan in a oven set to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. When the crust is baking, start to make the batter. Mix together the eggs, corn syrup, sugar, margarine and vanilla extract. Once the batter looks smooth, stir in the pecans. The pie crust should be done by the time the batter is complete, so next fill it into the crust. Place the pan into an oven, and bake for 25 minutes. Once finished, let pie cool before cutting into bars.

These simple and festive desserts are super fun to make, and will have everyone tasting the fall spirit. Bon Appetit, and Happy Thanksgiving!



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