Apple-stuffed Pumpkins

Two great harvest-time foods bake together for a comforting fall dessert. Buy the smallest mini-pumpkins you can find (about the size of a grapefruit), or substitute small sweet dumpling squash. Pumpkins become lush, edible bowls for apple pie filling, sweetened lightly with maple syrup. For a sweet finish, top with a dollop of whipped cream...

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies are lightly sweet, laced with the flavors of molasses and spice. Here, a bit of whole wheat flour is easily disguised by the spices. Use your favorite cutters to make little figures, or stars or whatever strikes your fancy. Royal icing is traditionally made with raw egg whites (see Notes for raw egg...

Spiced Sweet Potato Pie

If you’re a fan of pumpkin pie, you’ll love this Southern favorite made with sweet potatoes. Ingredients 1 1/2 lbs. sweet potatoes 3/4 cup half and half 2 eggs 1/2 cup maple syrup 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon allspice 1/2 teaspoon ginger 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 pie...

Pumpkin Sheet Pie with Oat Crust

Instead of making two pies, make one sheet pie for a little variation on the traditional. If rolling out a sheet of pie crust seems daunting, try this easy press-in crust, more like a pecan-studded granola bar than a pastry. Garnish the squares with whipped cream and serve up to guests. Ingredients 2 cups rolled...

Pumpkin Puddings

Craving pumpkin pie? Try this streamlined pumpkin pudding in easy, single-serving ramekins. Skip the crust and get right to the pumpkin-spice flavors you crave, sweetened with a touch of maple syrup. A dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream makes it even more special. Ingredients Butter, for ramekins 1 15-ounce can of pumpkin 1/2...

Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs and Icing

You can get as elaborate as you want with your cut-out cookies, depending on how many shapes and sizes of cutters you have. A few drops of food coloring (look for natural food dyes) will make your frosting into whatever seasonal colors you want to play with, as well. You can also use the royal...