Tuesday, October 20, 2009

pumpkin planets

Once upon a time I attended chef school and worked in a lovely bakery. We made these treats for Halloween.

Pumpkin Planets

2 3/4 c. all purpose flour
2 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
2 t. cinnamon
1 t. freshly grated nutmeg
1 t. ground ginger
1/2 t. ground cloves
1/4 t. salt
1 1/4 c. raisins
2 c. walnut pieces
2 sticks less 2 T. unsalted butter, room temperature
1 c. firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 c. unseasoned canned pumpkin (not preseasoned pie filling)


6 T unsalted butter, melted and kept hot
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder and soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and salt into a mixing bowl. Set aside. Combine the raisins and walnuts and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar. Using a hand held mixer set on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until fluffy and light, about 5 minutes. Continuing on medium speed, add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Don't worry if the mixture looks curdled. Beat in the pumpkin and mix just until combined. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture, one third at a time, alternating with the raisin/walnut mixture, which should be added one half at a time. Beat well after each addition until thoroughly incorporated. The batter should be quite thick.
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper and grease them with butter. Drop mounds of batter onto the prepared sheets. They should be spaced about 1 1/2" apart.
  • Bake the cookies in the top third of the oven until lightly browned on the bottom and the tops spring when touched, approx. 15-18 minutes.
  • To make the glaze, place the hot melted butter in a bowl and gradually whisk in the sugar to form a smooth, flowing glaze that isn't too thin. It should have the consistency of chocolate syrup. If yours is too thick, whisk in a little milk or water.
  • Using a spoon, drizzle over the tops of the cookies.


  1. Shari - Your life journey amazes me sometimes! I never knew you attended chef school. Quinn and I would love to see you some time soon. Let me know when you are available.

  2. Hi Steph! I've worn many career hats. Many. I'll see what the next couple of weeks hold. Would love to see you and your sweet baby girl.

  3. Shari - are those pumpkin planets like a whoopie pie? We use to buy something like that when we were in Pennsylvania. with out the fruit. I can't wait to try the sweet potato soup! love that and the gianormous pumpkin - so fun.



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