Friday, October 5, 2012

Pumpkin Poppers: A Fall Time Recipe!

With the arrival of Pumpkin Spice Lattes back in coffee stores across America and this "cooler" front that we have gracing us, it truly feels like Fall has arrived!  I came across a recipe for Pumpkin Poppers and in the spirit of enjoying all things fallish,  decided to give them a whirl!
I ended up making two batches because I couldn't bring myself to throw away the remaining pumpkin and ended up making 72+ poppers!!  Because of the abundance of poppers, I decided to take them to share them with the folks on my new floor.  Seeing that the container was completely empty when I walked by later that morning, I'd call them a success!  

Funny story for you {with some background:  since I went overboard and had 72 poppers, they were in two containers: one large and one small.}  Thanks to my forgetfulness and Lulu's impeccable sense of smell, she devoured the small container of poppers all by herself while Benjamin and I were out enjoying dinner together.  We returned home to one very puffy stomached Lubaby, a destroyed plastic container and poppers hidden all around the house!!  Note to self: don't put computer bag on orange chair when it contains food.  Second note to self: just take the food out of the bag before putting it any where!  This all to say that the Pumpkin Poppers also have the stamp of approval from Lulu!

These little guys are a delightful mix of fall time spices married with a light pumpkin taste.  A perfect pairing for with a morning coffee!  They would be ideal for a girls breakfast get together or if you need something to share with a church group on Sunday mornings.

1 3/4 cup of flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. all spice
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp of vanilla
3/4 cup of pumpkin
1/2 cup of milk

For coating:
melted butter
suger and cinnamon to taste

Preheat oven to 350 F and spray mini muffin tins with cooking spray.
Mix flour, baking powder, and spices into a bowl.
In a second bowl, combine the vegetable oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin and milk.  Stir together.  
Pour the contents of the second bowl into the flour and spice mixture.  Stir together.  Fill mini muffin tins until almost full and bake for 10-15 minutes.

Melt butter in a small bowl and mix the cinnamon and sugar together on a plate or bowl.  Once the poppers have cooled, dip or brush the butter onto the popper.  The roll the popper into the cinnamon sugar mixture.  Then tada!, you're done!

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