Apple-picking has been grand and all (if you didn’t get out to an orchard it’s not too late yet!) but instead of focusing our attention up in the trees, it might be time we turn our head down and see what the ground has to offer. In addition to picking your own apples, Massachusetts offers a variety of farms that allow you to pick your own pumpkins! Check out the MassGrown Map to locate a farm near you: http://www.mass.gov/agr/massgrown/map.htm
So what can you do with a pumpkin besides carving it? Well, pumpkin pie is the next best answer that comes to our minds. However, we needed a new twist on this delicious fall treat, because plain old pumpkin pie has been a thing since the Pilgrims had their first Thanksgiving dinner. Luckily, we have a recipe that puts a twist on pumpkin pie, whoopee!
Behold, the pumpkin whoopee pie. Yes, the name exclaims the excitement for you. This individual treat is your own helping of a slice of pie, and more. It’s like two layers of soft, perfectly spiced pumpkin pie separated by a layer of cream cheese frosting. Can you taste it yet? Where is the nearest kitchen?
This is a great treat throughout the fall (and even into December if you aren’t willing to give it up yet, we don’t blame you!) It may be especially popular on Thanksgiving, but who needs that excuse to bake these? Below you will find the recipe.
In a large bowl, mix together: 3 cups flour, 2 cups brown sugar, 1 cup oil, and 15oz. can of pumpkin (or equivalent of fresh pumpkin purée.) Add: 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ginger, 1 teaspoon cloves, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Mix.
Drop by tablespoons on cookie sheet, and bake at 375 degrees F for 8-9 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet and let cool. When cooled, combine two cookies together, separated by a layer of frosting!
Frosting, mix together: 8oz. cream cheese, 1 tablespoon milk (or less), 1 dash salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 ½ cups powdered sugar . Consistency is key!
We urge every good citizen of the Commonwealth to take it upon themselves to try this recipe! Tweet us a picture at @MassEEA and share your results!
Bon appétit, whoopee!
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