Pumpkin Mini Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

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Good Black Friday morning everyone!  How are you today? Have you been out Christmas shopping?  I’m thinking about going out later … not sure if I want to fight the crowds. I was hoping to share a recipe for a … Continue reading

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Bars

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Bar desserts are one of my favorite things to bake … especially when they are cheesecake bars!  Throw in some chocolate, pumpkin spice, sugar cookie crust and caramel sauce … they are sure to be a crowd pleaser! I’ve shared a … Continue reading

Pumpkin Pie Candy

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Do you like pumpkin pie and pie crust?  Do you like candy?  How about having fun with food? I have got a treat for you … This is candy on pie crust!  Kind of looks like pumpkin pie … doesn’t … Continue reading

Nutty Pumpkin Bundt Cake and a few shopping finds!

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Is it fall yet?  Are we there yet? So many stores have Fall/Halloween merchandise and candy on their shelves … fall must be around the corner! I have found so many great recipes featuring apples and pumpkin on the internet and in magazines!  … Continue reading

Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Cake

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Thanksgiving is over, but pumpkin season continues … at least at my house!  I have not had a piece of real pumpkin pie yet … this is my pumpkin pie substitute … Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Cake!  It’s what I describe … Continue reading

Pumpkindoodle Cookies

It’s November and I just realized that I haven’t made anything with pumpkin! I have thought about pumpkin, a lot … cut recipes out of magazines … printed recipes from other blogs … gone thru old recipes … even bought two pie pumpkins … but I still had not baked anything pumpkin! So, I finally did it … and actually came up with a new creation. I hope you enjoy it.

Before I started to make these cookies, I had decided to call them Pumpkin Pie Cookies. Then as soon as I started rolling the dough into balls, then rolling them in sugar with spices … I realized how much they remind me of making Snickerdoodles … and they became Pumpkindoodles!

I will take this time to apologize for the photos … I started this project in the day … and continued at night … I bake better than I take pics … someday I’ll take better pics … someday I’ll get a “big girl” camera … maybe I should learn to use what I have.

First, make the cookie dough –

Have you tried vanilla bean paste?  I think that it adds something special … a richer deeper vanilla flavor … and little flecks of color …

Cream together the butter, vanilla and sugar … see how thick and rich the vanilla paste is … don’t worry if you don’t have the paste, vanilla extract also works well …

It will look like this …

Mix in the flour and salt …

   Cover and set aside …

Now, make the pumpkin filling …

Mix cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar and pumpkin pie spice …

Mix until well combined …

  Set it aside …

Mix up more sugar and pumpkin pie spice to roll the cookies in …

Start the assembly line … roll the cookie dough in balls, about the size of a walnut … then flatten slightly … and dip it in the sugar mixture …

Lay the cookie dough on a parchment lined cookie sheet …

Make a well in the center of the cookie … I used my knuckle … I guess they could be “knuckle print” cookies, not “thumb print” cookies … sorry, I couldn’t resist …

I put the filling in a plastic zip top bag … snipped the corner off … and squeezed the filling into the cookies …

Bake the cookies … cool the cookies … consume the cookies … yum!

P.S.  The cookie dough may seem familiar … it is 1/2 recipe of my favorite Shortbread Cookies.



  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks) softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (paste or extract)
  • 2-1/4 cups unbleached flour (or all-purpose)


  • 4 ounces (1/2 block) cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Sugar Mixture

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Make the cookie dough – Cream together the butter, vanilla and sugar.  Add the flour and salt.  Mix until blended.  The dough will be stiff.

Make the filling – Cream together the cream cheese, pumpkin, spice and sugar.

Make the sugar mixture – In a small bowl, mix the sugar and spice.

Roll the cookie dough in balls about the size of a walnut (1″ to 1-1/4″), flatten slightly.  Roll the dough in the sugar mixture and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Make a well in the cookie dough and fill with pumpkin filling (spoon it or pipe it in the well).  Bake at 375°F for 11-13 minutes or until lightly golden on edges of the cookie.  Cool completely.  Makes about 36 cookies.  Store in a covered container, not airtight.

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