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Friday
Jul082016

Jack o Lantern Hand Pies

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Jack-O-Lantern Hand Pies

  • Ingredients
  • 2 package pie dough for a double crust
  • 1 1/3 cups roasted or canned pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup regular cream cheese, softened and slightly warm
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs {1 beaten together for egg wash}
  • Raw sugar for sprinkling

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, mix together the granulated sugar, dark brown sugar, salt, cream cheese, pumpkin pie spice, ginger, and vanilla extract until smooth. Scrap down the sides as needed. Set aside.

4. Gently roll out the pie dough just until smooth between two pieces of wax paper. Using a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter (we used this pumpkin cookie cutter from Williams-Sonoma), go around the pie dough in a circle and cut out pumpkin shapes. Using the tip of a sharp knife gently cut out triangle eyes and mouth. Feel free to have fun making different jack-o-lantern faces.

5. Place the pumpkins without faces on the cookie sheet. Brush the edges lightly with egg wash. Take 1 ½ to 2 teaspoons of filling and spread it around the pumpkin leaving the edges clear. Too much filling will ooze out so be careful here.

6. Press the faces gently on top of the puree and seal the edges with a fork. Brush lightly with egg wash and sprinkle the top with a little raw sugar.

7. Bake for 12-15 minutes on the middle rack. Serve warm or cold.

Makes about 12 hand pies.

Source: Pottery Barn

Wednesday
Oct142015

Pumpkin Carving Projects

We really enjoy carving pumpkins every year. Every year, we are always trying a new design. Here are some of our past projects!



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Thursday
Oct082015

Chipotle: Halloween Deals

On October 31st, head to Chipotle dressed in your Halloween costume and add something unnecessary to it between 5PM-close to score a $3 burrito, bowl, salad, or set of tacos! No coupon needed. You’ll need to add something unnecessary to your costume that doesn’t fit (like a super nurse with a sword or pirate hat). Head to their website for more information.

 

Thursday
Oct082015

Free Krispy Kreme Halloween Donuts

On Saturday, October 31st, go to a participating Krispy Kreme shop where they are offering one FREE doughnut of your choice when you wear your costume in store. Head over here for more information. 

Friday
Sep112015

Tide Jack o Lanterns

Take a Tide Pods container, remove sticker, add on a jack o lantern face with black construction paper. Tie ribbon or string and you are done! So cute!
Friday
Oct312014

Boo Bark

 

Boo Bark

16 oz chocolate candy coating
6 oz vanilla candy coating
Black sugar pearls
Candy and sprinkles in your favorite Halloween colors

You’ll also need:
9-in. by 13-in. pan
Parchment paper
Toothpicks

1. Line baking sheet with parchment paper allowing about an inch to extend above the rim on two sides for lifting.
2. Microwave candy coating in a heatproof bowl on medium. Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring in between until melted and smooth. Next melt vanilla candy coating in a separate bowl.
3. Pour chocolate coating into baking sheet. Working quickly, spread into an even layer. Then, carefully spoon about 10 small circles of vanilla candy coating on top of the melted chocolate.
4. Quickly use a toothpick to coerce the candy coating and define the floating ghosts by drawing a circle shape that comes to a curved pointed end. Keep the toothpick to the surface of the white coating. If you insert it too far in, it will start to mix with the chocolate coating. Place sugar pearls or confetti sprinkles in position for eyes and mouths.
5. Then top with various colorful sprinkles and candies around the ghosts.
6. Let set completely before cutting into pieces.

Note: If the chocolate starts to set before you have finished decorating, just pop it in a warmed oven for a minute or so to reheat the surface and allow the sprinkles to stick.

Source: Bakerella

Saturday
Oct252014

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars
Makes 24 bars

2¼ cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg
¼ tsp. allspice
¼ tsp. ginger
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup brown sugar, packed tightly
1 egg, plus 1 yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup canned pumpkin
12 oz semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup finely chopped pecans

8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
½ cup butter, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
2. Line a 9- by 13-inch rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, leaving enough room to lift paper out of the pan after baking.
3. Sift flour, baking soda, salt and spices in a medium bowl using a wire whisk.
4. Using a mixer, cream butter and both sugars until light and fluffy.
5. Add egg and yolk one at a time, until combined.
6. Add pumpkin and vanilla and mix until completely combined.
7. Stir in chocolate chips and chopped pecans, reserving a small amount of each to spread on top before baking.
8. Spoon batter onto parchment paper lined pan and then spread evenly.
9. Bake for 25–28 minutes or until done.
10. Cool, remove from pan and cut into 24 rectangular bars. Then pipe frosting on top. You can also spread frosting on top first and then cut into bars.
11. To make frosting: Beat butter and cream cheese using a mixer until completely combined. Mix in vanilla. Turn the mixer to low and add powdered sugar in small amounts until smooth and creamy.

Source: Bakerella

Tuesday
Oct212014

Halloween Printable Gift Tags

Go here to print off these adorable Halloween tags from Bakerella!