The smell of pumpkin baking always conjures up memories of Thanksgiving for me. The day always started early with mom bustling about the kitchen to prepare our feast. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade would always be playing in the background as she'd prepare the meal. We'd stop to watch or listen to some of the marching bands and acts they had.
But always, always, would we stop to watch Santa coming down the street on his sleigh. To this day, the smells of turkey, cranberry, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and pumpkin all blending in a beautiful medley of smells brings a smile of memory to my face. Those special Thanksgiving feasts and that special time with mom are memories that last a lifetime. I hope you enjoy these fun and unique pumpkin recipes during this holiday season. Golden Pumpkin Cookies 1 1/3 cups sugar 1/3 cup shortening 3 beaten eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 1/2 cups flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ginger 1/4 teaspoon allspice 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind 1 cup raisins 1/2 cup chopped nuts 1 cup canned pumpkin Cream together sugar and shortening.
Add eggs and vanilla. Add in flour, baking powder, salt, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Mix in lemon juice, rind, raisins, nuts, and pumpkin. Drop by teaspoons on a greased baking sheet.
Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Double Decker Pumpkin Pie 4 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 tablespoon half-and-half 1 tablespoon sugar 1 1/2 cups thawed whipped topping 1 (6 ounce) graham cracker pie crust 1 cup cold half-and-half 1 package (4 serving size) vanilla flavor instant pudding 1 can (16 ounces) pumpkin 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves Whisk the cream cheese, 1 tablespoon half-and-half, and sugar in a large bowl until the mixture is smooth. Add in the whipped topping.
Spread this mixture over the bottom of the crust. Combine the 1 cup half-and-half and the pudding mix in the bowl. Beat well for 1 to 2 minutes (the mixture should be thick). Add in the pumpkin and the spices. Mix well. Spread this mixture over the cream cheese mixture already in the crust.
Put in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours. To serve, add a dollop of whipped topping to each slice and a few toasted pecans. Serves 8.
Jill Seader loves baking and telling stories. Come find a tasty baking recipe and story at her website, YourBakingStory.com or share one of your own. Happy Baking!