I mentioned a possibility of writing about pumpkin in my last post, and seeing as we are about to hit Thanksgiving, I thought it was time that I oblige the Foodie overlords and conjure up my obligatory pumpkin post. To that end though, I wanted to try and do something a little different from the pumpkin pies, pumpkin cookies and pumpkin rolls. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of them all, actually, pretty much anything made with pumpkin. But since I don’t post often here, I wanted something that might catch your attention, especially if you are looking for something just a little different for this week’s festivities (for those of you visiting from outside the US, it’s just a great little recipe to try any time you’re in the mood for pumpkin).
Enter Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars. This recipe is a creation of Julia over at Dozen Flours and is based on another recipe creation of hers: Snickerdoodle Blondies. My wife and I love Snickerdoodles, so any recipe with Snickerdoodle in the name is going to get my attention (I have yet to try the Snickerdoodle Blondies, but they are on the short list of items to bake). I had the task of baking up several items for a bake sale 2 weeks ago and selected this recipe as one of those items.
If you’re pressed for time, this is one of those recipes that doesn’t take a lot of time to put together. As far as pumpkin desserts go, this is pretty different from all the rest. I’ve tried a lot of different pumpkin combinations, and this one stands out on its own. The topping is a simple drizzle of melted white chocolate mixed with pumpkin pie spice. The bars look great, and once they were all plated up for the sale, they all headed out the door. We did have to sacrifice a few as samples, mostly because people didn’t know what they were. Everyone who tried them gave them high marks for flavor and texture.
I really liked the fact that this was something different. I did my usual Candy Cane Brownies and an Apple Cranberry Holiday Cake, but these were more out of the ordinary, which got them noticed. So, if you want to do something a little different for the holidays this year, consider giving Julia’s recipe a go. You, and your guests, will be pleased.
Click here for a copy of the recipe on my site. Click on any of the photos below to see a larger version.