Tired of pie? The ‘Observer’ offers pumpkin delights

The Pumpkin Spice Cookies received high praise.

The Pumpkin Spice Cookies received high praise.

By Lori Koenick, Features Editor

Another Thanksgiving is around the
corner, CHS, and that means another
meal will eventually be the muffin top
over our pants—unless you wear leggings
(a blessing I have discovered,
girls). Everyone has his or her favorite
Thanksgiving food; however, I have
a favorite course—dessert. I bring a
pretentious palate to my Thanksgiving
dinner and frankly, the old classic
favorite, pumpkin pie, has been getting
a bit stale. I decided to flex my feeble
baking muscles by trying out some new
pumpkin-flavored dessert recipes and
getting feedback on each from a panel
of five Observer writers.
Pumpkin Pie Dip
Serves: 32
Prep/Total Time: 10 minutes*
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
½ cup sour cream**
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon ground ginger

1)In a large bowl, beat cream
cheese and confectioners’ sugar
until smooth.
2) Beat in the pumpkin, sour
cream, cinnamon, pumpkin pie
spice and ginger until blended.
3) Serve with ginger snaps.
4) Refrigerate leftovers.
Yield: 4 cups
Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (2 table
spoons) equals 64 calories, 3 g fat, (2 g
saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 23 mg
sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1
g protein
*Will take less time if the cream
cheese is soft.
**Can also be substituted with
vanilla yogurt
Recipe provided courtesy of Taste
of Home magazine. Find more great
recipes at www.tasteofhome.com
Great Pumpkin Dessert Recipe
(aka the “Crumble”)
Serves: 12- 16
Prep Time: 5 minutes*
Bake: 1 hour
1 can (15 oz.) solid-pack pumpkin
1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
4 teaspoons pump
kin pie spice
1 package (18-1/4
oz) yellow cake mix
¾ cup butter, melted
1-1/2 cups
chopped walnuts
Vanilla ice cream
or whipped cream
Recipes provided courtesy of Taste of
Home magazine. Find more great recipes
at www.tasteofhome.com.
Pumpkin Bar Recipe
This recipe was by Paula Deen and
can be found on www.foodnetwork.com.
Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Drive to your nearest supermarket
and pick up a Betty Crocker Pumpkin
Spice Cookie mix. Follow the
directions on the back of mix.
-Senior Christine Vagonis
1) In a large bowl, beat
first five ingredients
until smooth.
2) Transfer to a baking
dish. Sprinkle with
cake mix and drizzle with butter.
Top with walnuts.
3) Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour
or until a knife inserted near the
centers come out clean. Serve with
ice cream or whipped cream.
Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1
piece) equals 385 calories, 21
g fat (8 g saturated fat), 70 mg
cholesterol, 326 mg sodium, 44
g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 8 g