Yesterday I killed the cutest sugar pumpkin and baked her dead little pumpkin self. Her name was Miranda and she is yummy. She became Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting today. The recipe is at the bottom of the post.
Bob and Harvey, the other two sugar pumpkins are now shaking in fear after seeing her brutal death. This makes them sweeter. *grin*
Here is Miranda's story. A warning to all cute little pumpkins out there. Your time is coming soon, my tasty little friends. >:D
Step One to killing a pumpkin is sneaking up on them. They are faster than they look and sneaking up on them saves a lot of pointless running around.
Then you have to quickly stab them. They don't struggle a bit after that first slashing. :D
The next step is a little graphic so turn away if you are sensitive or easily disturbed.
After killing little Miranda I cut her open and removed her gooey insides. Then I rubbed her skin with a little oil to keep it from cracking and stuck her into a hot oven (350 F) for 2 hours.
This is what she looked like after cooling for half an hour.
Then I pealed her skin off. This is so much easier after baking. :D
After processing the pumpkin to this stage you just throw the remains into a food processor or VitaMix and puree until smooth. Now you can use it just like store bought canned pumpkin only it actually tastes good. *L*
And that's how I kill my pumpkins. Show no mercy! They'd do the same to you if they had half the chance. Pumpkins look all cute and innocent but they are vicious blood thirsty little bastards. Get them first!
Here's the recipe I mentioned earlier. :D
Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
Pumpkin Cookie Recipe
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; In a different bowl, cream the butter and white sugar. Mix in pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter/sugar mixture, and stir until blended. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls. Smush them down a bit as they don't really spread out a whole lot.
Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Place Cookies on cooling rack until ready to frost.
Once the cookies have cooled they should look something like this.
Decadent Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe (warning: not a health food!)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 lb. powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese
Mix frosting ingredients until smooth. Frost cookies after they have cooled. (otherwise it becomes a sticky melty mess o.0)
Depending on how big you make your cookies you should get 40 cookies or so.
Very Yummy and Fun to make. Although it would be more fun if I had a mixer. I'm over here stirring with a fork and a spatula. *L* I make these once a year so it's not that big a deal. heh.