basic pumpkin recipes

Look, take "basic" and apply it however you'd like here.  But you wouldn't be visiting this page unless you were basically interested in pumpkin yourself.

Gen's Basic (her words, not mine) Pumpkin Muffins:

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I make these at least twice a month in the fall, because they’re easy and delicious. If you bake them while you’re brewing coffee, your house will smell like a PSL.

Yield- approximately 12 muffins.

You will need

  • 15 oz can of pumpkin puree (Bonus points if you make your own! I can’t tell you how because I’m way too lazy to do that.)
  • box of spice cake mix

Optional

  • pumpkin pie seasoning (I like to add this for an extra dash of flavor, but you can also use this as a substitute for spice cake mix by combining it with a regular yellow cake mix)
  • brown sugar and walnut crumble (if you want to make these muffins more AND less healthy AT THE SAME TIME WOW, you can crush some walnuts and mix them with brown sugar to sprinkle on top of your batter prior to baking.) 

1.) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 

2.) Mix your pumpkin puree and cake mix. 

Wet and dry ingredients combined

Wet and dry ingredients combined

3.) Optional: Add your pie seasoning if you’re using it. One of the great things about this recipe is that you can safely sample the batter to see if your seasoning level is where you want it to be.

4.) Pour your batter into muffin tins. I always use liners and fill them to the top, because I like a very puffy muffin top. (insert joke about puffy muffin top after consumption of lots of pumpkin muffins).

5.) Optional: Sprinkle your walnut/brown sugar mixture on top of the batter. 

6.) Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes. I use the fork method to see if they’re done. 

7.) Remove from oven and let cool for as long as your self-control will allow. 

8.) Eat and share!

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Kat's Iced Pumpkin Cookies:

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I'd like to have a whole lengthy spiel about how I love fall and the smell of pumpkin spice and the colors of the leaves, blah blah blah but NO ONE EVER WANTS TO READ THAT KIND OF THING WHEN THEY'RE LOOKING FOR A RECIPE, so unlike what'll probably be every other recipe I post, here it is plain and simple:

Ingredients:

For the cookies:

  • 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice or cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1.5 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree 
  • 1 egg (I meant to try subbing 1 tbsp flaxseed for 3 tbsp water, to get a vegan cookie but I forgot; so I wouldn’t try it unless you’re willing to risk a batch of cookies)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract

For the cream cheese “royal” icing:

  • 1 package cream cheese (8 oz)
  • 2.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. For the cookies, combine all ingredients above the line in one bowl (flour, etc. all the way to salt).
  3. Combine the stick of butter with the sugar using a mixer if possible.  Add the pumpkin puree, egg, and two types of extracts.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients to pumpkin/sugar/butter mixture with a mixer.
  5. (People who care about the environment cover your eyes for this line):  Spoon out cookies onto parchment paper-lined cookie tray.  The paper makes cleanup SO MUCH EASIER, and the cookies don’t stick to the tray.
  6. Bake anywhere from 15-20 minutes.
  7. When cooled, mix all of the ingredients for the icing together in one bowl.  (If you have a huge bowl, it’ll keep the powdered sugar from getting everywhere.  Otherwise you have to add the sugar in stages, and nobody has time for that.  So get a huge bowl.)
  8. Spoon out icing into a ziplock bag, and cut a small hole in the bottom corner to decorate the cookies from.
  9. Decorate and enjoy! 
Life hack:  I have to spread my spices apart in the dry seasonings bowl, not just because it looks pretty but because I can remember better what I put in the bowl already.

Life hack:  I have to spread my spices apart in the dry seasonings bowl, not just because it looks pretty but because I can remember better what I put in the bowl already.

In case you didn't know what I meant by cutting a hole in the bottom of the bag; also this icing yields a lot, so save the extra and make more cookies with it!

In case you didn't know what I meant by cutting a hole in the bottom of the bag; also this icing yields a lot, so save the extra and make more cookies with it!

There are so many ways to decorate these cookies, but here are a few examples.

There are so many ways to decorate these cookies, but here are a few examples.