Taste of Central Iowa

Pumpkin delights

Pumpkins aren’t just for carving. Today I have some pumpkin recipes worth trying. The cookie recipe calls for fresh cooked pumpkin for those readers who are pumpkin growers.

Pumpkin Pancakes

2 c. flour

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

1 Tbsp. baking powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ginger

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 tsp. salt

2 egg whites, slightly beaten

1-1/2 c. skim milk

1/2 c. pumpkin

2 Tbsp. cooking oil

Mix flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt together. Combine remaining ingredients and add to dry ingredients. Mix well and drop batter onto lightly greased griddle by 1/4 to 1/3 cupful.

Pumpkin Cookies

3 c. sugar

4 eggs

2 c. fresh cooked pumpkin

2 tsp. baking powder

1-1/2 tsp. salt

1-1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. nutmeg

4-1/2 c. flour

1 c. oil

Combine ingredients in order given. Mix well. Drop by spoon onto cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Pumpkin Muffins

1-1/2 c. flour

1-1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 c. sugar

1 c. canned pumpkin

2 unbeaten eggs

3/4 c. vegetable oil

1/4 c. chopped pecans (optional)

Mix all dry ingredients. Stir in pumpkin, eggs, oil and nuts. Mix until combined. Spoon into greased muffin tins or use paper liners. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.