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18 Oct 2009

Spiced Pumpkin Cookie Cakes

I was a little dubious about this recipe, as was everyone else when I told them I was making a sweet treat containing pumpkin. The general reaction was a furrowing of the brow, curling of the lip and the statement 'remember the pumpkin brownies, Katie? Is that something you really want to recreate?' Although my pumpkin brownies were a total failure I still couldn't leave this one be, I mean Americans do love their pumpkin deserts and millions of people can't be wrong! So, I went in search of canned pumpkin and ended up paying £3.50 in my local food hall. They better be worth it!


Once finished, I brought the cookie cakes into the living room, presenting them as nicely as I possibly could. Slowly, one by one, people approached the cookies and sheepishly took one. Looking at each other they raised them to their lips, closed their eyes and took a tentative nibble. I studied their faces, waiting for a reaction. The nervousness suddenly faded away and was replaced with delight! 'Wow! They're so spicy, can I have another?' Yes, another winner! Thank you Sweet Melissa and thank you Debbie, if it wasn't for you I'd have pushed pumpkin based treats aside, never to attempt again.

Have a lookie at the other SMS girls, Americans do it better ;)

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26 comments:

Jessica said...

Those cookies look perfect! You know, it's actually been news over here that pumpkin was in short supply. People were very stressed about the lack of pumpkin for a bit at the beginning of October. I think that all of the clammoring got enough attention that now pumpkin is all over the place here. I'm sorry it was such a pain for you to run down, but it sounds like it was definitely worth it! I loved reading about the reactions to tasting the cookies.

Flourchild said...

Im so happy these worked out for you! I love the carrying dish your cookies are resting in..so vintage! I loved this recipe and thought the cookies melted right in your mouth!

Mrs. G said...

Great presentation! I'm glad everyone like them. Maybe I missed something because I didn't think they had enough spice.

lakegirl said...

Your cookie cakes look yummy! Interesting how pumpkin is more of an American thing. We're all about pumpkin this time of year!!!

margot said...

Your cookies look absolutely beautiful, I love the dish they're in. Hopefully now that you know you like pumpkin treats you'll be able to get a better price on it, the things we do for our baking groups.

SUGAR B said...

Beautiful cookies! :)

hotovenwarmheart said...

Katie, you're simply adorable! I love how you described your tasters' reaction- that they each "sheepishly took one"- too cute! I'm glad they were a hit, and you now have a positive pumpkin experience under your belt. From here on out you can associate pumpkin desserts with these delightful whoopie pies instead of those notorious brownies!

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend, and I hope to hear from you soon :)

<3,
Joy

pinkstripes said...

Love it! Great post, love the reaction of your tasters. I can't believe you have to pay that much for canned pumpkin there. Your cookie cakes look great.

Shandy said...

Beautiful cookies! I never heard what happened about the pumpkin brownies but this recipe for spiced pumpkin cookie cakes sounds like your comeback. I had no idea there was a pumpkin shortage but I live in the Seattle, Wa area and we have farms Everywhere. I feel spoiled all of a sudden.

k.a.r.e.n said...

Cute story -- glad everyone loved them! They sure do look great!

Nina said...

glad that they were enjoyable to you!

Tracey said...

Your post makes me really appreciate how cheap pumpkin is around here! There seemed to be a shortage earlier this year but I've had no problem finding it lately. I'm glad you tried these and that they were well received!

The Bahens said...

Beautiful presentation! I'm so glad everyone liked them. Now you can just strike those blasted pumpkin brownies from your memory!

Katie said...

They look wonderful - a bit like American whoopie pies only with the flavours of autumn. YUM

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

They look great! Wow, pumpkin is expensive there!

Eliana said...

Katie your version of these look fantastic. So elegant!

spike. said...

Yay! So glad everyone liked them.

Karin said...

Welcome to the wonderful world of pumpkin! I'm so glad you enjoyed them (and everyone else). I have to admit, the thought of pumpkin brownies gives my stomach a slight turn. Not sure I'm down with that flavor combination!

Melissa said...

I love your picture! The pumpkin brownies sound.....interesting!
Glad everyone liked them!

thewhimsicalcupcake.wordpress.com said...

i'm so glad that these were a hit for you!! i would have hated for you to forever punish pumpkin for one botched recipe.

they look great!

Drea said...

I live in Surrey, but I'm originally from Canada where we have pumpkin everything between Oct - Dec. I was searching the Greater London area for canned pumpkin, but no one had ever heard of it before. All my friends thought pumpkin was only for savory things, where as I thought of it mainly for sweet things. I ended up finding canned pumpkin for £1.69 at Whole Foods Market on Kesington Road - they carry a lot of North American products there including Karo Corn Syrup. Anyways just for the hell of it, I figured I would try and make my own pumpkin muffins from fresh pumpkin an they turned out great, so don't waste your money on canned anymore! Take a fresh pumpkin, cut it up, cook it in the oven until it's mushy, remove the skin, puree it with a hand belnder, then pour it all in a tea towel and SQUEEZE until almost all of the water comes out - there is a lot of water, so it will take a few mins. After that it's ready to use as canned pumpkin. You can freeze it as well!

Karine said...

Your cookies look so cute and delicious! You have a great combo of flavors in them :)

apparentlyjessy said...

Yum! Yours look so perfect, and I think they sound delicious! I can't find canned pumpkin here in Australia sadly, otherwise I would make these in a heartbeat!

Nicisme said...

I'm really taken with these, they look fabulous!
I've seen canned pumpkin in Waitrose, but can't remember how much it sells for.

Si said...

love your blog, these look delish. Love the sweet melissa cookbook too.

Rhandi said...

I am an American who loves pumpkin everything, and your little cookies look fabulous! Can you get fresh pumpkins where you live? I bake with pumpkin a lot this time of year and rarely used canned. It's really easy to bake, scoop out the flesh and puree in a processor. Great blog!