Monday, October 31, 2011

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bites

Happy Halloween!

I've always thought of Halloween as the start of the fun holidays.You get to dress up and gorge on candy then a month later you gobble up some turkey. The next month, you stuff your face with Christmas cookies. A few days later you look back at what you've shoved in your face and make a resolution that you're going to go to the gym and lose weight. Three weeks later, you're back in the kitchen making baked goods. Oh, that's just me? Well, fine then. 

This recipe popped up in my reader as Baked Pumpkin Spiced Donut Holes. I don't like most spices that people use along with pumpkin and I've still never managed to buy a mini muffin tin so I made some adjustments. Since these are no where near the size of donut holes, unless you're eating donuts for a giant, I figured I'd give it a new name. 

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bites
Yield: 24 pumpkin bites

Ingredients:
    • 3/4 cup pure pumpkin puree
    • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tsp. vanilla 
    • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
    • 2 tsp. baking powder
    • 1 tsp. cinnamon
    • 1 tsp. nutmeg
    • 1/2 tsp. salt 
    Coating:
    • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1/4 cup sprinkles 
    • 2 tbsp. cinnamon 
Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350. Spray two cupcake pans with non-stick cooking spray. 
2. In a large bowl, add the pumpkin puree, vegetable oil, milk, brown sugar, egg and vanilla extract. Stir until combined.
3. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Add these ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix until just combined. 
4. Scoop the batter, about 2 tbs. each into the cupcake tin. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until cooked through. 
5. Remove from the oven and let cool for 1-2 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Set up an assembly line of melted butter, cinnamon-sugar mixture and sprinkles. 
6. Dip each pumpkin bite into the butter, then toss in the cinnamon sugar and then dip the tops into the sprinkles. 


Aren't these the cutest little dessert for Halloween? I love the combination of cinnamon-sugar and pumpkin. They are a bit messy though, so make sure you eat them over a napkin! :)

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