The first recipe is one that was passed along by my sister. She has a baking blog, wherein she posts a lot of REALLY tasty recipes. This recipe was one she found and recently posted. When I read over the ingredients, I was confused and a bit dubious that the recipe would turn out. But it was DELICIOUS. And, I found out from other friends that the recipe is actually lower in fat (if this fact is wrong, I apologize). But with all the canned pumpkin we’ve stocked up on for the holidays, you can add this moist and tasty muffins to your recipe box:
- 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
- 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
- 1 -3/4 tsp. pumpkin spice a few dashes of cinnamon
•1 box of Sugar Cookie Mix (complete with ingredients to make dough), or log of prepared Sugar Cookie Dough
•1 package of Cream Cheese (I used lower fat)
•1-1/2 cups Confectioners Sugar (have extra on hand)
•1 tsp Cinnamon
•2-3 cups of assorted Fruit (I like using Strawberries, Blueberries and Kiwi Fruit)
•(OPTIONAL) Honey or Apple Jelly
1. Prepare Sugar Cookie Mix into dough as directed on box (or feel free to make it from scratch). Preheat oven to degree mentioned on package direction. Spread cookie dough in a 12+ inch circle on a pizza pan (note: I didn’t have a pizza pan, so I used a large, sideless cookie sheet and just eyed up a circle). Cook the large cookie in oven as directed on package (note again: my package said 7-9 minutes, but since it was one large cookie, it took closer to 12-15 minutes – so just keep an eye on it and take it out when it is browned and done). When it is done, take Sugar Cookie out of oven and cool slightly. Transfer the cookie CAREFULLY to the serving platter you will be presenting/serving it on.
2. In a small bowl, mix together Cream Cheese, Confectioners Sugar and Cinnamon. Important step: stick your finger into the mixture and taste it (I give you permission). If it is not sweet enough for your tastes, add more confectioners sugar. Taste again…just for fun.
3. Spread Cream Cheese Mixture over cooled cookie (like frosting…or “pizza” sauce).
4. Top with rows of fruit (see picture). I alternate fruit in rows that measure roughly an inch to make it look nice. If you are using lots of different fruit, make 1 row per fruit. Since I only used 3 kind of fruit, I made them into a pattern.
5. Optional: Drizzle with honey. Or heat up some apple jelly (or, really, any tasty jelly) on the stove until it is liquidy, and drizzle over the Pizza.
6. Cut into “pizza wedges” and enjoy!
There you have it: 2 more great recipes to get you through the holiday season! Whether it be breakfast, brunch or a simple treat to bring to a party, your dishes are sure to be a hit!
More to come, so check back next week!
You can read more about Steph’s life and recipes at her blog, Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Mom.