11 Incredible Pumpkin Spiced Treats You Should Be Making Now [Recipes Included]
I feel like I'm joining the Pumpkin Spice bandwagon a little late. I mean, I've always liked pumpkin pie, pumpkin candles, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin plug-ins, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies...hmmm, maybe I haven't joined late.
Pumpkin Spice is AWESOME and Pumpkin Spice season, otherwise known as fall or maybe late summer through winter... whatever. Either way, Pumpkin Spice season is in full swing right now. Pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin fudge, pumpkin body spray, pumpkin candles, pumpkin room spray, pumpkin soap, pumpkin lotions, pumpkin spice memes...you either love it or you hate it, but can you even remember a time before the craze? While some people think the obsession is overrated, it just wouldn't be fall without it!
One. Last fall, while wandering around Disneyland (my favorite place, but that's another story), I wandered into Marceline's Confectionery & there in the glass case was pumpkin fudge. Now, fudge is not one of my favorites, I don't hate it, I don't really crave it...it's fine. Super sweet, but I'm more of a dark chocolate or salt-craving girl. But I found myself just staring at this orange brick. Not wanting to buy any exactly, but wishing I could just have a small sample taste. It's not like I was buying a car or anything, but I mean it was Disneyland, so the fudge wasn't cheap. What if I bought some & didn't like it? Again, it was Disneyland, the most magical place, and how could it be bad (I'll tell you how it could be bad, it could taste like white chocolate). I took my chances & bought some. But had I tried it before our plane ride home, I would've bought a whole lot more! It was MAGICAL!!! But what was even more magical than that, was the fact that I found the exact recipe for Marceline's Pumpkin Fudge at Oh Sweet Disney and it was PERFECT! Don't let the fact that there are white chocolate chips throw you off...it's still good!
Two. My first memory of pumpkin desserts, other than pumpkin pie, was pumpkin ice cream at a local ice cream shop. I ventured from my normal mint chocolate chip comfort zone to try it and was not disappointed. I remember being so sad to find out it had only been a seasonal thing the next time I went there. Still a seasonal thing, at least at DQ where I bought a Pumpkin Pie Blizzard last week (so good), and while eating it I thought to myself...WHY have I not made pumpkin ice cream at home??? The search was on for an easy pumpkin ice cream recipe, and as soon as I found one with brown sugar, I knew I had found THE one. I was wrong, the original recipe was a bit too creamy for me, so I changed it up a bit, used some half & half and it ended up AMAZING!!! Download this Pumpkin Ice Cream & tell us what you think!!!
Three. Don't get me wrong, I love a good pumpkin chocolate chip cookie...but a pumpkin cookie with frosting, let alone browned butter frosting...you just can't get better than that! Well, unless the frosting also had brown sugar...hmmm...maybe next time I'll try the frosting with brown sugar!!! I love brown sugar. Anyway, These Brown Butter Iced Pumpkin Cookies from How Sweet Eats are the perfect fall treat!
Four. Back to Disneyland, well Disney World for this one...the Happiest Place on Earth. The first time I had this soup was 14 years ago. We were staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, my absolute favorite hotel! The moment you walk into the lobby you are hit with the most wonderful smell of African spices with a hint of campfire smokiness. There is nothing else like it in the world and just thinking about it brings a smile to my face. A staircase towards the savannah leads to the lower level of the hotel and a restaurant named Boma. Resembling an African marketplace, this buffet features American and African cuisine and is really unique and so yummy!!! Back to the soup... I didn't used to be as adventurous as I am now. That, and the fact that I am allergic to shellfish and nuts, I tend to be really picky and careful about what I pick to eat at a buffet. Anyway, the soup looked "safe"...not chicken noodle safe, but safe nonetheless. My first bite was an excitement to all my taste buds, it tasted like pumpkin pie before you bake it, yet not quite as sweet, but just as good. Yes, I eat pumpkin pie before you bake it...I eat everything before its baked! Everything is better before it is baked, hence THIS SOUP!!! ***disclaimer, This soup is not actually called pumpkin soup, it is butternut squash soup, but same difference. I mean, it tastes like pumpkin... For years I have tried butternut squash soup everywhere, but I have never found one that tastes as good as this. However, I finally came upon this AKL Butternut Squash Soup on the website All Ears Net & and it's PERFECT!
Five. We can't forget the Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Latte, aka PSL. After all, it was the beginning of this crazy Pumpkin Spice movement 13 years ago. Making your own PSL is easier than you might think, and the best part (besides all the money you'll be saving) is that when you get that out of season craving in the middle of summer (I'm not the only one who does this, right?), make your own right at home! #winning Try this copycat recipe for Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte from Taste of Home.
Six. I am super picky about breads. Some people think they have the best recipe for banana bread, but sadly, they're wrong (I do taste theirs just to make sure). I have the best recipe for banana bread. Not too dry, not too moist. Not too sweet, just enough salt. Not to brag, but mine is amazing! So, when I started searching for the perfect banana bread, it had to be, well, perfect! While reading through so many recipes, "my grandmother's recipe box" caught my attention and I decided that THIS would be the first one I'd try. I was NOT disappointed. This Pumpkin Bread recipe is described perfectly by Once Upon a Chef..."hard to beat."
Seven. This picture is so cute you can't help but want some pumpkin pancakes, and if you've made any of the recipes above, you'll probably have some spare pumpkin you don't know what to do with. So, along with the deliciousness of these Pumpkin Pancakes from Good Housekeeping, they'll use up the spare pumpkin you now have (however, they are worth opening up a can of pumpkin for)!
Eight. Again, extra pumpkin...what do you do with it??? Or, maybe you're just looking for a festive, not too pumpkiny, natural orangish colored bread item with just a hint of pumpkin flavor, because, I mean, who isn't looking for something with that awesome description? These are the perfect addition to those fall/winter soup recipes and if you're in charge of bringing the rolls to a dinner party, these Pumpkin Dinner Rolls from The Pioneer Woman will make you look like a Michelin Star chef!
Nine. You'll definitely have no Pumpkin Dinner Rolls left when you take this Apple Pumpkin Butter from Woman's Day. This spiced spread makes everything taste like fall, and if you're anything like me, you might want to just eat it plain!
Ten. If you're looking for the ultimate pumpkin dessert, look no further! Crème caramel is easily one of the world's greatest desserts, which would make this Pumpkin Crème Caramel recipe from Good Housekeeping, the greatest dessert for fall.
Eleven. Last, but not least and once again inspired, again, by the happiest place on earth, (no, it isn't a Pumpkin Spice Churro). But it is the amazing Pumpkin Spice Sugar sprinkled on that magnificent park snack. You can use this on ANYTHING you would use cinnamon sugar on, buttered toast, French toast, almonds, tortillas, rolls, baked sweet potatoes, mixed in butter, sprinkled on top of whipped cream on a dessert, on any of the recipes above, or just licked off your finger!
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