As a member of the gourd family, pumpkins have a variety of uses. The most popular use is of course the carving of Jack-O-Lanterns; however, there are many other things that a pumpkin can be incorporated into. We’ve given you some fun cooking and recipe ideas to make sure your fall season is unforgettable!
One thing to understand is which pumpkin to use for specific things.
For Pies & Purees
Sugar Pie Pumpkins
These pumpkins are sweet and have a less dense skin that allows easy baking. You won’t be disappointed in the taste! For step-by-step instructions on how to make your own puree visit Allrecipes.com
Ring in the New Year with these Food Club® clock cookies.
1 Food Club® sugar cookie dough roll
1 cup assorted sprinkles
1 tub Food Club® buttercream frosting
Blue food coloring
Black food coloring
Cut the sugar cookie dough roll into 12 equal disks. Cut a small circle into 1/3 of the cookies leaving 1/2-inch remaining. Bake according to package instructions.
Split the frosting into thirds. Mix 1/3 with blue food coloring and 1/3 with black food coloring. Load colored frosting into a piping bag with a small detail tip.
Once cool, frost 1/3 of the cookies with the plain butter cream frosting and pipe a clock face onto each cookie alternating colors.
Frost the perimeter of a plain, unfrosted cookie and top with a cut-out cookie. Fill the well with sprinkles, frost the perimeter of the cut-out cookie, and top with the clock-frosted cookie. Crack at midnight to reveal the sprinkle surprise inside.
Wish your neighbors “Happy Holidays” with these adorable and practical Food Club® hot cocoa gifts.
4 plastic viles with caps
1 bag Food Club® mini marshmallows
2 packets Food Club® hot cocoa mix
1/4 cup crushed peppermint candies
1 foot red and white striped ribbon
Fill 2 plastic viles with Food Club® hot cocoa mix, 1 plastic vile with mini marshmallows, and the last plastic vile with crushed peppermint candies. Bundle the 4 filled viles with the striped ribbon and finish with a holiday-themed tag.
Let your inner architect shine and build yourself a gingerbread house from scratch. Not only will you assembly skills shine, but your inner chef will have their moment as well! Follow the recipe below to learn how.
2 sticks of butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups molasses
8 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
5 tbsp ground cloves
5 tbsp ground cinnamon
5 tbsp ground ginger
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine butter and brown sugar in a large bowl and mix until it’s smooth. Next, mix in the molasses and eggs.
In a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda, and spices).
Add the dry mixture into the bowl you set aside, and mix with your hands to form a stiff dough consistency.
Once you have reached the desired dough consistency, divide the dough it into 2 pieces.
On a floured surface, roll out the dough. Cut it into desired shapes for your house (keep in mind you will need a base, a front and back, two walls and two roof pieces!) and place them onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until edges start to brown. It is easier to work with if it is firmer.
Wait for them to cool entirely before using them to assemble your house.
Assemble your gingerbread house, and enjoy the fun!