Entries from October 24th, 2011

Iced Pumpkin “Cuffins”



This post marks a first for me! It was a request! And I never knew how excited I would be to receive a challenge from a close friend.

This is Amanda! She sent me a picture of her favorite iced pumpkin cookies last week and asked if I could find a way to “healthify” them! I happily accepted the challenge.

Enter “cuffins”—>

(Do you see how thick this batter is? Crazy!)

I was hopeful for a “butter cookie” texture but soon found out that pumpkin puree makes anything cake-like.

So, I am calling these cuffins as they are a delightful mixture of cookies and muffins.

The cuffin itself is only slightly sweet but with a drizzle of icing, these little guys are perfect!

Go crazy with the icing! I love to do different designs—it really puts a homemade touch on them.

These treats would be perfect for breakfast with coffee or as a midday snack. The recipe makes 24 cuffins and only calls for a 1/2 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons of oil. This way you can enjoy a sweet treat without weighing you down!

Iced Pumpkin Cuffins

makes 24 cuffins

Adapted from Hungry Meets Healthy

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg, ground cloves and ground allspice
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons applesauce
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/4 cup pumpkin puree [not pumpkin pie puree]

**You can use 2 cups all purpose flour if you don’t have WWPF

**You could also sub 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice for cinnamon and other spices

Cinnamon Icing:

2/3 cup powder sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, mix flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk oil, apple sauce and sugar together. Whisk in egg, vanilla and pumpkin puree until well combined. Slowly pour pumpkin mixture into dry ingredients until a thick batter forms. [A spatula will stand straight up] Spoon 1 tablespoon balls onto a greased cookie pan about 1/2 inch apart. Bake for 10-11 minutes. Remove to a wire rack and allow to cool.

To ice, whisk together icing ingredients and use a spoon to “flick” over the cookies.

Enjoy Amanda!


Baked Apple Cider Donuts



You know those few select smells or tastes that always bring back to some sort of memory. The kind of food that instantly transports you and makes you feel incredibly happy. That is exactly what one bite (or smell) of an apple cider donut does for me. The sweet crunch of cinnamon sugar atop a perfectly fried apple-scented-springy-dough is like pure bliss for me.

And since I have made the move to Arizona, this pure indulgence of mine has been missing from my life. That is until now.

Plus—I can feel a little less guilty scarfing these donuts down because they are baked! Thanks to a cool new trinket, the donut pan, you can dream up any flavor combo and transform it into an absolutely adorable mini donut. Perfection.

After these little guys came out of the oven, I decided to lightly pan fry them in a teeny bit of butter. I figure they are whole wheat and baked, so why not add a little richness back in! After they crisp up in the butter, throw them in a bowl of cinnamon sugar to coat.

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

makes 24 mini donuts or about 12 muffins

adapted from Vittles and Bits

1 cup apple cider
3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour [You could also just use 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour]
1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of ground cloves
pinch of ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
1 egg


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Pour apple cider into a small sauce pan and put over medium-high heat. Once the cider comes to a boil, lower the heat to medium and allow to reduce by half. Mine took about 12-15 minutes. Allow to cool.

In a small bowl, sift flours, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and salt. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix sugar, oil, applesauce and egg. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry. Once combined, add the reduced cider in small increments until batter represents pancake batter.

Pour batter into a ziplock bag and snip a corner with scissors. Use your “pastry bag” to fill the donut shapes or muffin tins half way. Bake for 10-11 minutes or until donuts spring back after you touch them. Allow to cool for 3-5 minutes.

In a small sauce span, heat 1/2 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Brown each side of the mini donuts, immediately coating them with a cinnamon-sugar mixture. [I Used about 1/4 cup sugar to 1 teaspoon cinnamon.] Eat immediately or store in an air tight container. Sooo good. :)

**If making muffins, brush melted butter onto the tops and dunk into a cinnamon-sugar mixture.

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