Friday, October 14, 2011

Insta-Friday. Embracing fall and Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies.

So it is as hot as the face of the sun, this week flew by, I am feeling better since our car crash adventure, and fall is making it's way into my summer loving heart.

How was your week?
Don't tell me that you wore a scarf.  Because that is just plain mean.

Checking one thing off of my Less Pinning.  More Doing. list.
{Sort of.}  I am a great starter of projects.  Pretty poor finisher.  This little leaf garland would be finished and hanging someplace festive if I bought the proper needle.  Don't grab the crochet needle in the yarn section.  It will only poke through thin air.  You will lose a thumb or other important digit if you ask it to go through a simple piece of lowly felt.  The nerve.  As soon as I get a sharp, weapon-y needle, a rainbowesque cascade of felt leaves will greet me each day.  For now the dumb dull needle is just taunting me.  Jerk.

BTDubs, or "by the way" for you people that like using proper English...
The app I use to make little collages for Instagram is called PicFrame.  It is super easy and has tons of cool options.

I have been collecting heart rocks for what seems like forever.  My sweet girls find them for me each time we are on a walk or at the beach.  I love that they think to do that.  I love that reminders of love can be found if you just peek around.  While out the other night, they found this little heart leaf.  Sigh...  I have never loved a leaf more.

Ready for a yummy fall-ariffic recipe?
One that won't be thrown in the trash like my pumpkin debacle last week?
I made these last night and they just made me happy.
A brilliant and creative nine year old boy dubbed them Sugar Burgers.
I believe that will be the working title for them in our house from now on, but the given name is

Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies.
(Adapted from my fave Betty Crocker)

What you will need:

For the cookies:
1 pouch Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1/3 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 egg

For the filling:
2/3 cup marshmallow creme
1/3 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup powdered sugar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375ยบ
Stir together cookie mix and flour.
Add remaining cookie ingredients and stir until combined into a thick dough.

Place 24 blobs (what would you call them?) of dough on ungreased cookie sheet two inches apart.
Lightly press tops of cookie blobs with powdered sugared fingertips to flatten.

Bake 8-10 minutes until set.  Cool two minutes on pan before transferring to cooling rack.  
Allow to cool completely.

While cookies are cooling, make the yummy filling by beating all three ingredients with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

When cookies are cooled, spread filling on one, top with another, press together. 
Sprinkle with a little bit of powdered sugar to make them pretty.

Enjoy pumpkiny fall goodness.
Store any leftovers tightly in the fridge.  
They make a lovely accompaniment to your morning coffee as well.

I made mine in a lovely, totally frivolous, yet brilliant whoopie pie pan.
I love it.  Love.  My mom gave it to me for my birthday last year and it is just one of those kitchen gadgets that is totally unnecessary, yet super fun.  I especially love how it made each side of the whoopie pies, perfect, lovely and even.  You don't need one to make this recipe, but it sure doesn't hurt.  Nor does the cookie scoop that I finally caved in and treated myself to.  Where in the world has it been all my life?  Seriously.  Baking bliss I say.

BTDubs again... I just came across this fancy little recipe to make your own pumpkin pie spice, and believe you me, as soon as my jar is gone, I will be playing spice mix-a-lot in the kitchen.  Because I love me some pumpkin pie spice, yo.

With that I bid you adieu.  The pool is calling my name.  The pool and a whoopie pie, of course.

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15 comments:

  1. good news for you.
    no scarves over on the cuppa this week.
    fall took a back seat to the heat of indian summer
    which is not quiet the same as heat of the face of the sun.
    but definitely not scarf apropro.

    i love kitcheny gadgets that are mutliuseful such as cookie scoops
    and singularly useful such as whoopee pie pans.

    pic frame is awesome.
    i'm guessing you are the grapevine i found out about it through.

    spice mix a lot in the hizzouse. i wanna make my own

    for my homemade (like not from a can) pumpkin pie i promise myself i'm gonna make this month.

    that would make it even MORE homemade.

    must. do.

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  2. We are so close to scarf weather here. So close-
    Sugar Burgers... ;) oh those funny 9 year old boys!

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  3. :) if i would have known how cold it was before i went out... i would have put on a scarf. now you can hate me :) although last weekend we were in shorts and dreadfully hot, now not so much!

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  4. Yeah...I tried the pumpkin muffins too. Mine weren't horrible, but not as awesome as everyone says. These here sugar burgers look totally bad to the bone.

    My husband swears by that cookie scoop. heehee.

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  5. stress.
    i am totally fully stressed out right now.
    you JUST NOW got a cookie scoop?????
    stress.

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  6. ooooh! YUM!! I think I know exactly what we will be having for "Sunday night dessert" this week!! Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings!
    Jill

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  7. yum, yum, yum. I was just given a similar recipe by a friend. I think I am going to try yours instead. The photo sold me! I love your blog and just wanted to let you know :). Tracy Fisher www.tfisherart.com

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  8. i need to make some of those whoopie pies. stat.

    p.s. i have nothing but love for betty, but have you tried the krusteaz brand. it's good. REALLY good!

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  9. I just made the woopie pies.
    I'll have one more one.
    YUM!!!

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  10. I just might ask for a whoopie pie pan for Thanksgiving. Because obviously I wouldn't use a Christmas present for a baking item. I have been using a cookie scoop for a long time and yes, it is baking bliss.

    More baby boy pics please! ;)

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  11. Ohhhh thanks for the Instagram grid tip!Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet.

    Kristina Gulino
    Something 2 Write About

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  12. We definitely need some Sugar Burgers up in here - but I can't help saying Sugar Boogers in my head. AhhH! LOL

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  13. I did that felt leaf bunting off Pinterest too!!!! It is currently hanging on a picture ledge above our couch...lovingly placed amongst my Willow Trees figurines. It my far is my favorite fall decorations (a close second are some fabric pumpkins from Pinterest). Go Pinterest!! P.S. I'm following you on Pinterest ;)

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  14. Truth be told...I've been eyeing that whoopie pie pan! And pumpkin whoopie pies mean I'm for sure getting one and making these!!! Thanks for the recipe!

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