Pumpkin Graham Cracker Mummies

By Coleen

Scare up some Halloween fun with these homemade graham crackers, subtly flavored with pumpkin and spice, dressed up with royal icing and black candy chips!

Pumpkin Graham Cracker Mummies #Halloween by @TheRedheadBaker

Happy Halloween, readers!

For the past several months, I’ve been posting about recipes that I made for Liam’s daycare class Snack Share. Now that Liam has “graduated” to the transitional preschool room, they continue to invite parents to send in snacks to share with the class each week.

In addition, we’re invited to send in snacks for special occasions like Halloween. They prefer that the snacks be on the healthier side, which I understand, but being a baker, can be challenging sometimes. When I searched for kid-friendly Halloween snacks, a lot of what came up was decorated cookies and cupcakes.

Pumpkin Graham Cracker Mummies #Halloween by @TheRedheadBaker

But you know what? There’s no reason you can’t decorate other foods! True, graham crackers aren’t as healthy as kale chips, but really? I can just imagine the face on my son if you put kale chips in front of him.

But they’ve got whole wheat flour, and these crackers have pumpkin (lots of fiber and healthy vitamins). The amount of sugar (in the crackers, anyway) and fat is minimal.

As far as the decorating goes, it’s very easy, even a beginner can do it. Just go back and forth and a bit diagonally. When piping, remember to apply even pressure, and when you’re ready to stop, release pressure, then pull the tip back from the cracker. I use Wilton’s Candy Chip Sprinkles as the eyes (the bottle is “rainbow,” I just used the black ones), but Wilton also makes mini candy eyeballs (don’t wait until the night before Halloween to buy them, they will be sold out — ask me how I know!), or you could use mini M&M’s, or pipe with melted Wilton Candy Melts.

Pumpkin Graham Cracker Mummies #Halloween by @TheRedheadBaker

Pumpkin Graham Cracker Mummies
 
Serves: 36 (3-inch) crackers
Ingredients
For the crackers
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp water
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp allspice
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cups all-purpose flour
For the icing mummy wrappings and eyes
  • 8 ounces confectioners sugar
  • 1½ tbsp meringue powder
  • 2½ warm water
  • Wilton Candy Chip Sprinkles (or Wilton Candy Eyes, or other small, round brown or black candies, or a handful black candy melts, melted)
Directions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, pumpkin, egg, and sugar until smooth and creamy.
  2. Beat in the honey and the molasses.
  3. Dissolve the baking soda in the water and add to the butter mixture.
  4. In a separate bowl, stir together the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, spices and salt. Add to the butter mixture in the stand mixer bowl, and stir on low speed until fully combined. The dough should form a ball and not feel sticky. If it does, add more whole wheat flour, ¼ cup at a time, until the dough is manageable.
  5. Scrape the dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap, cover tightly and chill at least one hour, up to 24 hours.
  6. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line two sheet pans with parchment paper. Let the dough sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Break into 2 pieces.
  7. Liberally dust a clean work surface with flour, and roll one of the pieces of dough out to ⅛th of an inch thickness. Use a floured gingerbread man cookie cutter to cut as many crackers as you can. Carefully transfer to the prepared cookie sheet, and combine the scraps into a disc and set aside.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes. While the crackers are baking, roll out the second piece of cracker dough, cutting shapes and placing them on the second sheet. Continue baking and cutting until the dough is gone. When crackers are done baking, transfer them to a wire rack to cool.
  9. Store the baked crackers in a sealed zip-top bag until ready to decorate, if not doing it as soon as they are cool.
  10. Make the icing: place the confectioners sugar, meringue powder and water in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix with the paddle attachment on medium speed for about 7 minutes.
  11. Scrape the icing into a piping bag fitted with a #45 tip, and pipe the icing back and forth across each cracker to look like mummy wrappings. Ice three or four crackers, then place two black candy chip sprinkles in the head area to look like eyes (don't ice all the crackers at once, then go back and try to apply the eyes, because the icing will have set and the eyes won't stick).
  12. If you prefer, you can melt a handful of black Wilton Candy Melts. Scrape the melted candy into a small piping bag fitted with a #1 tip, and pipe two dots on the head for eyes. Let the crackers sit at room temperature about another hour to fully set, then seal in a zip-top bag to store.

Graham cracker recipe slightly adapted from Cupcake Project

Pumpkin Graham Cracker Mummies #Halloween by @TheRedheadBaker

White Chocolate Funfetti Popcorn Balls

By Coleen

Can’t decide between sweet and salty? These white chocolate funfetti popcorn balls will satisfy both cravings!

White Chocolate Funfetti Popcorn Balls by @TheRedheadBaker

Sometimes I crave sweet; sometimes I crave salty. It took me a long time to try combining sweet AND salty (Ina’s Salted Caramel Brownies, anyone??), but once I finally did, I don’t know why I held out so long!

Popcorn by itself can be a low-calorie, filling snack if you don’t smother it in melted butter, but what fun is that? Sometimes, when you can’t decide between sweet or salty, you just need popcorn smothered in chocolate.

White Chocolate Funfetti Popcorn Balls by @TheRedheadBaker

Years ago, I worked for an upscale catering company. We did most of the prep cooking and baking in our on-site kitchens, but did the finishing at the party, which was usually held in someone’s (large) house. Like when the founder of a certain diet-food home-delivery service decided throw a party for 300 of his closest friends, just because it was October.

One of the dessert-type snacks on our menu was white chocolate popcorn balls. These are so deliciously addictive, and fun for adults and kids alike. You can customize them for any kind of theme by using colored candy melts instead, or use white chocolate, but use red and green sprinkles for Christmas, pastel for Easter, whatever works!

On a scale of clean to messy, these fall somewhere between Rice Krispie Treats (a little messy) and homemade marshmallows (whoa, messy!). It looks like way too much chocolate-to-popcorn ratio, but trust, you need a lot of chocolate to hold the balls together. Too little, and they will fall apart. Use a large cookie or ice cream scoop to make the balls a consistent size, and serve in decorative cupcake liners! If you wanted to, you could also insert a wooden lollipop stick into each ball, then set the chocolate in the refrigerator.

White Chocolate Funfetti Popcorn Balls by @TheRedheadBaker

White Chocolate Funfetti Popcorn Balls
 
Chocolate chips (also known as morsels) contain
Serves: 12 popcorn balls
Ingredients
  • 1 regular size bag popcorn (salted is fine, but look for one with no butter flavor)
  • 12 ounces good quality white chocolate, melted but still warm
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of sprinkles
Directions
  1. Line a 12-well cupcake tin with plastic wrap. Set aside.
  2. Pop the popcorn according to the instructions on the bag, erring on the side of underpopping to avoid scorching.
  3. Pour the popped popcorn into a large bowl. Pour the melted white chocolate over top, and quickly, using a spatula or your hands, toss to coat *all* of the popcorn with the chocolate.
  4. Quickly scoop balls of the popcorn mixture, and press each ball into one of the plastic-lined cupcake wells. Scatter a pinch of sprinkles over top, and gently press into the popcorn ball.
  5. Once all of the balls are formed, place the cupcake tin in the fridge to help the white chocolate set. Then remove each ball from the plastic to a cupcake liner and serve!

Inspired by Peachtree & Ward catering

Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars

By Coleen

Pumpkin and warm spices are tossed with rolled oats, flax seed, cranberries and white chocolate in these seasonally-flavored granola bars!

Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars by @TheRedheadBaker

Oh, pumpkin. Is there any form you can take that I won’t like (except Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Creme Brulee Latte — that is WAY too sweet for me)? In addition, pumpkin season also means fall, which means scarf-weather. Hoodie weather. Riding boots weather. Halloween. Thanksgiving.

When Roxana from Roxana’s Home Baking announced Pumpkin Day, it didn’t even take a split second for me to sign up. Choosing a recipe, however, took a little bit longer. I was thinking about all the pumpkin things that I like to eat (donuts — made them already; pie — made that already; etc.), and it dawned on me that I’ve never seen commercially-made pumpkin spice granola bars when the onslaught of pumpkin-flavored things arrive at grocery stores.

Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars by @TheRedheadBaker

These bars are so super simple to make. They’re also super customizable. Don’t like (or can’t find) wheat germ? Leave it out. Use chocolate chips instead of white chocolate. Omit the dried fruit; add in nuts instead, if you prefer.

Simply toss the dry ingredients in one bowl, whisk the wet ingredients in another bowl. Fold the two together, press into a pan, and bake!

I tried cutting my granola bars with a pizza cutter, and they were a bit too thick for that to work well. Instead, use a sharp chef’s knife or bread knife.

Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars by @TheRedheadBaker

White Chocolate Funfetti Popcorn Balls
 
Serves: 12 (4-inch by 2-inch) bars
Ingredients
  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp wheat germ
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1½ cups white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
Directions
  1. Line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper, letting the paper hang over two sides of the pan. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the rolled oats, cinnamon, ginger, ginger, cloves, allspice, salt, flax seeds, wheat germ, cranberries and white chocolate chips.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the canola oil, brown sugar, pumpkin puree, honey and maple syrup. Pour over the dry ingredients, and fold together until all of the ingredients are well-coated.
  4. Press the mixture firmly and evenly into prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes. Pull the pan out of the oven and press down again with a flat spatula. Place back in the oven for another 30 minutes.
  6. Once fully baked, place the pan on a wire rack to cool for about 30 minutes. Then pull the granola out of the pan by the parchment "handles" and cool on the wire rack completely. Then use a sharp knife to cut into bars.

Slightly adapted from Oh Sweet Basil

Don’t forget to check out these other delicious pumpkin recipes!

Minted: a Review

By Coleen

minted-logo

As most of you probably know, this food blog is a hobby for me. My career is in graphic design, more specifically, print design. I love printed things. As much as I love my Kindle, I will never give up paper copies of books. I still send printed party invitations. And my favorite? Christmas cards. Yeah, I know, it’s only October. Some years, I don’t have a particular photo in mind that I want to use, and I browse designs in search of inspiration for a photo to take.

The Redhead Baker 2013 Christmas Card

Our 2013 Christmas card, photos by April Zeigler Photography

I was recently contacted by Minted.com to do a review of their site. I was familiar with Minted’s Christmas card designs, but I had never clicked around the rest of their site. One thing I’d never realized until Minted contacted me is that the site is a compilation of designs by various artists.

In addition to holiday cards, they also offer invitations (wedding, shower, birthday parties, etc.), stationery, printed planners and address books, business cards, party decorations, and home decor. Look at this adorable choo-choo train birthday party invitation! It’s too bad Liam wanted Sesame Street for his party theme this year.

Some themes even have whole party packages: if you order three or more items from the same theme, you save 15% on each item. Options include cupcake toppers, circle garland, table signs, party crowns and more!

I love their business card options, too. Each is customizable with your company logo, and even your company colors. I’m seriously considering ordering these for my blog, for networking purposes:

minted business card

Almost all invitations are available in rectangles, rounded-corner rectangles, or scalloped edges. Some are even available as tag shapes! This option is great for Christmas cards. Thread some string through the hole in the top, and they can easily become part of your Christmas decor!

As with most online sites, if you create an account, you can save your favorite designs to quickly find them later. Some of my other favorite features of Minted:

  1. Just about all of their designs are customizable: whether it’s the wording, the color, the shape, or even the card orientation, you can make any design uniquely yours.
  2. I love that if I find a design that I really like, if I click on the designer’s name, I can see more designs by that artist, and even read a short bio about the artist.
  3. Want to take advantage of a sale or coupon code, but you don’t have a photo ready yet? No problem. You can complete your order and upload your photo later.
  4. If you have a photo you want to use, you can upload it, and “test it out” in any of Minted’s designs before you buy.
  5. Another feature if you already know what photo you want to use: go the filter bar, and click “see more filters,” then you can choose to only view designs that match the orientation of your photo!
  6. You can make special requests — need a blemish removed? Colors adjusted? Note that in the “special requests” box, and a designer will get in touch with you to complete your request. Some special requests may incur additional costs.
  7. Minted’s blog! Design contests, in-depth conversations with their independent artists, even recipes! I added them to my Feedly reader.
  8. Minted partners with Plant-It 2020, a non-profit organization founded by the late folk singer John Denver that plants indigenous tree seedlings in non-logging sites. Minted will contribute to planting 100,000 trees from 10/1/14 through 9/30/15, and number that represents roughly 7 times the amount of tree material used to print their products.

Some of my favorite 2014 designs:

minted-favorite-designs

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Disclosure: I was compensated for this post with a credit for use on Minted.com. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way. 

Shrimp Fried Rice #SundaySupper

By Coleen

Eating tasty food at home doesn’t have to be expensive! This homemade shrimp fried rice costs just $2.30 per serving!

Shrimp Fried Rice #SundaySupper

Today’s #SundaySupper is all about eating on a budget. Even though the economy is (slowly) rebounding, many people (myself included) need watch their finances carefully. But eating inexpensively doesn’t have to mean instant ramen.

This homemade version of shrimp fried rice costs just $2.30 per serving, and tastes even better than take-out. It’s primarily a rice dish, and the shrimp is stretched by chopping it, so it appears that the dish contains more than it really does. You could bulk this up even more by adding more veggies, like peas or

Shrimp Fried Rice #SundaySupper

The least expensive kind of shrimp is the kind that is sold with the peel on, and the vein still inside. These take quite a bit effort to prepare for cooking, since you’ll need to slit open each shrimp and remove the vein. The most expensive shrimps are the peeled, deveined, cooked shrimp.

I went with the middle-of-the-road shrimp: deveined, but raw. It’s quick work to pull the peels and tails off, and they cook so quickly, that this meal would be perfect for a busy weeknight. They were on sale at my local grocery store for $12.99 per pound, but since they are sold loose behind the seafood counter, I could get as many or as few as I wanted.

The remaining ingredients are found in nearly every pantry or refrigerator. And if they aren’t, they’re quite inexpensive to buy.

Shrimp Fried Rice #SundaySupper

4.7 from 3 reviews
Shrimp Fried Rice #SundaySupper
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • ½ lb (about 8) extra-large (also known as 16-20) raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ½ cup chopped carrot
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 scallions, sliced, white and light green parts only, divided
Directions
  1. Cook the rice according to package directions, omitting fat and salt. Once cooked, set aside.
  2. In a deep skillet or wok, heat canola oil over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and cook until shrimp are pink and opaque. Remove from the skillet with tongs to a cutting board, and roughly chop.
  3. Add the onion and garlic to the pan, and saute for a minute, stirring frequently. Add the carrot to the pan and saute another 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the rice and stir to break up any clumps and incorporate with the vegetables. Add the egg and cook another minute or so, stirring constantly. Add the soy sauce and about ⅔ of the scallions and stir to incorporate.
  4. Scoop one quarter of the mixture per person onto a plate, and garnish with the remaining scallions.

Recipe by Food Network

Don’t forget to check out the other budget-friendly #SundaySupper recipes!
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Scrumptious Mains (Breakfast and Dinner)

Corn and Cherry Pepper Quesadillas

By Coleen

These corn and mild cherry pepper quesadillas are a take on elotes — a Mexican street food of corn on the cob, rubbed with chili, a squeeze of lime, and coated in cheese. 

Corn and Cherry Pepper Quesadillas by @TheRedheadBaker #vegetarian #WeeknightMeal #CLBlogger

Earlier this month, I threw a Mexican fiesta in honor of Dave’s birthday. We had a taco bar (seasoned ground beef; chipotle honey lime pulled pork; and sweet potato, black bean and corn), two kinds of empanadas, queso dip, guacamole, tortilla chips, Mexican tomato salad, and Mexican corn salad. Oh, and margarita cupcakes, Mexican hot chocolate cupcakes, and churro cupcakes. Oh, the churro cupcakes …

Anyway, the corn salad (Cooking Light’s play on Mexcian Street Corn) was really delicious, and was gobbled up really quickly. It was so simple to make, too, though we did omit the mayo, because I’m just NOT a mayo person.

Corn and Cherry Pepper Quesadillas by @TheRedheadBaker #vegetarian #WeeknightMeal #CLBlogger

I wanted to make something like that again, but not in the same way. One way that I’m able to get Liam to eat dinner with us (and eat what we eat) is to make quesadillas. The corn salad was super easy to adapt to a quesadilla.

I wanted to add some extra flavor and Mexican flair, so I added a couple of diced cherry pepper. Cherry peppers are also called pimiento peppers, and are one of the mildest varieties of peppers. Give these quesadillas a quick spritz of lime juice before serving!

Corn and Cherry Pepper Quesadillas by @TheRedheadBaker #vegetarian #WeeknightMeal #CLBlogger

Corn and Cherry Pepper Quesadillas
 
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp canola oil, divided
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 2 cherry peppers, seeds and membranes removed, diced
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp snipped chives
  • 4 (10-inch) flour tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded monterey jack or colby cheese
  • ½ cup Cotija or ricotta salata cheese, crumbled
  • 1 lime, cut into 4 wedges
Directions
  1. Heat 1 tsp of the canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the corn and diced peppers, season with the chili powder and salt, and saute for three to five minutes, until the corn is warmed and the peppers are just beginning to soften. Transfer the corn and peppers into a bowl and add the chives. Toss to combine.
  2. Wipe out the skillet and return to the burner over medium heat. Use a pastry brush to spread the oil evenly over the skillet. Add a tortilla, and spread ½ cup of the corn-pepper filling over one side of the tortilla. Sprinkle ½ cup of the shredded cheese and 2 tbsp of the crumbled cheese over top. Fold the other half of the tortilla over the filling, and press down. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until the bottom of the tortilla is crispy and beginning to brown. Carefully flip the quesadilla over, and cook until the second side is crispy and lightly browned.
  3. Transfer to a cutting board and use a pizza cutter to cut into 3 or 4 wedges. Squeeze the juice of one lime quarter over the wedges.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the remaining tortillas and filling. Serve the quesadillas with your favorite Mexican accompaniments.

Inspired by Cooking Light

Pumpkin Cut-Out Cookies with Cinnamon Frosting

By Coleen

To help raise money for Cookies for Kids Cancer, I’ve partnered with OXO and made these pumpkin cut-out cookies, iced in cinnamon cream cheese frosting!

Pumpkin Cut-Out Cookies with Cinnamon Frosting #OXOGoodCookies

This year marks the fourth year that OXO has partnered with Cookies for Kids Cancer, a 501(c)3 non-profit that raises funds for research into new treatments for pediatric cancer. Cookies for Kids Cancer was started by two OXO employees after their son was diagnosed with pediatric cancer.

I’m thrilled to partner with OXO for this #OXOGoodCookies campaign. I’ve been a fan of OXO tools for years — longer than I’ve been blogging. If you see the following symbol on any OXO cooking tools, you’ll know that for each one purchased, OXO will donate 25 cents to Cookies for Kids Cancer, up to $100,000! Need some new kitchen gear? Here’s a list of where to find specially-marked kitchen gear to benefit Cookies for Kids Cancer.

Cookies for Kids Cancer sticker on select OXO products

So, on to the cookies. Delicious pumpkin cookies. Covered in cinnamon cream cheese frosting. These took some trial and error. Pumpkin puree makes things soft and moist, which is exactly what you DON’T want in a cut-out cookie recipe.

The resulting cookie has a subtle pumpkin flavor, since adding more pumpkin to up the flavor ante resulted in cookie dough that was impossible to work with. Still, it’s a very pleasant, warmly-spiced pumpkin flavor. I had a really hard time not eating the cookies before I photographed them. They’re not soft, but they’re not crisp — they’re somewhere in the middle.

Pumpkin Cut-Out Cookies with Cinnamon Frosting #OXOGoodCookies

I refrigerated my dough for two days, just out of convenience. Rolling the cold dough is hard, so you could let it warm up for about five minutes, but if you let it warm up TOO much, your dough will be too soft and sticky, and your cookies won’t hold their shape.

The yield for this recipe will vary depending on the size of the cookie cutter you use. The cookies pictured are about 3 1/4 inches in diamater. A smaller cookie cutter will yield more cookies. If you do use a smaller cookie cutter, don’t forget to reduce the baking time!

Pumpkin Cut-Out Cookies with Cinnamon Frosting #OXOGoodCookies

Pumpkin Cut-Out Cookies with Cinnamon Frosting
 
Serves: 18 large cookies
Ingredients
For the cookies:
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • ⅛ tsp ground cloves
  • ⅛ tsp nutmeg, freshly grated if possible
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ⅔ cup white sugar
  • ⅓ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the icing:
  • 2 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg until evenly mixed and aerated. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl.
  4. Add the pumpkin, egg and vanilla, and beat until thoroughly combined. Scrape down the bowl.
  5. Gradually add the flour-spice mixture to the dough, mixing on low just until combined.
  6. Place two pieces of plastic wrap on a clean surface. Divide the dough between the two pieces. Shape each into a ball, then flatten into a disc, and wrap in the plastic. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, up to 48 hours.
  7. Lightly dust a clean surface with flour. Roll the dough out to ¼-inch thickness (thinner if using a small cookie cutter). Cut shapes with a cookie cutter and carefully transfer the cookies to the baking sheet using a small offset spatula.
  8. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes for large (~3 inch) cookies, less for smaller cookies, just until cookies begin to brown along the bottom edge.
  9. While cookies are baking, gather scraps into a ball and flatten into a disc and allow to rest in the refrigerator. Pull out the second dough disc and repeat rolling and cutting, resting in the fridge while baking and rolling the first disc of dough, until you can't get any more cookies from the remaining dough.
  10. Allow cookies to cool for a minute or two on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  11. While cookies are cooling, in a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter. Add the cinnamon, vanilla and powdered sugar, and beat on low speed at first until all the sugar is absorbed, then on medium-high until fluffy. Add heavy cream and beat until absorbed. If icing is too thick, add more heavy cream, a teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency is achieved.
  12. Store in a zip-top bag in the refrigerator, stacking between sheets of parchment or wax paper.

Cookie recipe adapted from Glorious Treats

Pumpkin Cut-Out Cookies with Cinnamon Frosting #OXOGoodCookies

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*In 2014, OXO will donate up to $100,000 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer through specially marked baking tools, bake sale matches and other fundraising efforts. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a recognized 501c(3) public charity duly incorporated under the laws of the state of New Jersey. Your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. 100% of proceeds raised by Cookies for Kids’ Cancer fund pediatric cancer research.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by OXO to benefit Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. I was not compensated monetarily, but did receive free baking tools. 

Lamb Korma

By Coleen

Lamb korma: lamb shoulder braises in a spicy, creamy sauce with veggies, and is served over Indian rice.

Lamb Korma by @TheRedheadBaker

I have tried Indian food at least three times, but was never that happy with the dishes I’d tried (except naan bread — how could anyone dislike naan bread??).

I’m not averse to spicy foods, so it wasn’t the heat that bothered me, but I just wasn’t a fan of the combination of flavors.

Until last week. At my new office, we all ordered Indian food to celebrate a coworker’s last day. I asked someone what they’d recommend to someone unfamiliar with Indian food. They recommended the chicken korma.

As you’re probably guessing by this post, I loved it! “Korma” means “to braise,” which is when you cook meat by immersing them in simmering liquid. Lamb stew meat that comes from the shoulder area is perfect for this recipe, because it’s a tougher meat, which becomes tender with braising. It’s not the leanest part of the animal, but it is a more inexpensive cut. The recipe is “bulked up” even more with the addition of chickpeas.

Lamb Korma by @TheRedheadBaker

I did laugh a bit because the menu described the dish as “mildly spiced,” and in India, it probably is considered mild. It’s not make-your-mouth-water spicy, but if even mild salsa is too much for you, this is not the dish for you.

It’s served over basmati rice, an Indian variety of long-grain rice, and topped with low-fat yogurt. You could use fat-free if you choose, but the small bit of fat in the low-fat variety helps mitigate some of the heat of the korma.

This braises for a while, so it’s not something you can throw together after work. But, you can make it on the weekend, and reheat it after work, because this is one dish that tastes even better the next day!

Lamb Korma by @TheRedheadBaker

Lamb Korma
 
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp peanut or canola oil
  • 1 pound cubed lamb stew meat (preferably from the shoulder)
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • ½ cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1½ tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ½ an inch of fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp salt, divided
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup diced roma tomato
  • ¼ cup frozen green peas
  • ¼ cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups hot cooked basmati rice
  • ¼ cup plain low-fat yogurt
Directions
  1. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over high heat. Add the lamb stew meat and brown the cubes on all sides, working in batches if necessary. Once browned, remove the lamb to a plate.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium-high, and the bell pepper and onion to pan; sauté for 2 minutes. Add the flour, ginger, and garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  3. Add the spices (cumin through garam masala), and ¼ tsp of the salt; cook for 30 seconds, stirring. Stir in broth and ⅓ cup water; bring to a boil.
  4. Stir in the coconut milk and tomato; reduce the heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Add peas, chickpeas, browned lamb meat, and remaining salt and stir until the lamb meat is coated in the sauce.
  5. Place the Dutch oven in the preheated oven, and simmer for at least an hour, or up to 90 minutes, until the lamb is just cooked through.
  6. To serve, spoon ⅔ cup of basmati rice on a plate or in a bowl, and top with some of the lamb and sauce, and a dollop of yogurt.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6 Calories: 472 Fat: 22g Carbohydrates: 40g Sodium: 486mg Protein: 18g

Adapted from Cooking Light

Pumpkin Bagels #SundaySupper

By Coleen

Kick off the autumn season with warm homemade pumpkin bagels, slathered in cinnamon cream cheese or maple butter!

Pumpkin Bagels #SundaySupper by @TheRedheadBaker

The first day of fall is just days away, so #SundaySupper is celebrating our favorite fall foods – pumpkin, apple, maple, butternut squash, cranberry …

Since fall foods are my favorite, I offered to try my hand at hosting, with the help of Connie, author of The Foodie Army Wife. Bit of a bumpy ride, but I learned a lot.

The harder part was deciding what kind of fall recipe to make! I’ve already blogged a ton of pumpkin recipes, a few apples recipes, a few butternut squash recipes. But you know what? Pumpkin will always be my FAVORITE fall food.

Pumpkin Bagels #SundaySupper by @TheRedheadBaker

But pumpkin what? And I thought my ideal fall day. What would I love to do? Well, I’d love to start it off by curling up on my couch with a magazine, a cup of coffee, and a warm breakfast. Not that that actually happens. You know, toddler and all.

But what warm breakfast could be better than toasty pumpkin bagel slathered in a cinnamon cream cheese?

Making bagels at home starts out like most yeast breads: mix yeast and sugar, then add flour, salt and flavorings. Knead, knead, knead. Let rise. Shape it. Let it rise again.

But when making bagels, you add in the unusual step of boiling them before baking them. This sets the crust before baking even starts, and adds to the dense texture because the set crust prevents the bagels from rising too much. If you prefer softer bagels, shorten the boiling time to 30 seconds per side.

Pumpkin Bagels #SundaySupper by @TheRedheadBaker

These bagels smell so good, like spiced pumpkin. Baking them, and later toasting one, filled my whole apartment with the subtle aroma of pumpkin and cinnamon. What a great way to kick off autumn!

These bagels are much smaller than you’ll get at a bakery or even buy in the grocery store, but I’ve always thought those bagels were over-sized anyway. These would probably be labeled “mini” bagels in a bakery, but I think they are the perfect size for a satisfying breakfast.

Because these bagels don’t contain any preservatives, I recommend storing them in a zip-top bag in the freezer, and just pulling them out as needed.

Pumpkin Bagels #SundaySupper by @TheRedheadBaker

Pumpkin Bagels #SundaySupper
 
Serves: 12 bagels
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of warm water (105 to 110 degrees F)
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ⅔ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 3½ cups of bread flour + up to a cup more if necessary (divided)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
Directions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the warm water, yeast and brown sugar. Let sit for 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Add the pumpkin, spices, kosher salt, and 2 cups of the flour. Stir to combine.
  3. Place the bowl on the stand mixer, and attach the dough hook. Add another cup of flour to the dough, and knead on medium speed for 5 minutes. If your dough is still sticking to the side of the bowl, add more flour, half a cup at a time, and knead for a minute on medium speed until a ball of elastic, but not sticky, dough forms.
  4. Transfer the dough to a bowl sprayed with nonstick spray. Coat the top of the dough with nonstick spray, and cover with plastic wrap, then a dark-colored kitchen towel. Let the dough rise for an hour.
  5. Punch the dough down and divide into 12 equal-sized balls. Roll each piece of dough into a tight ball, then poke your finger through the center and create a 1- to 2-inch hole.
  6. Place the shaped bagels on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Mist with nonstick cooking spray, cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel, and let sit for 15 to 20 minutes.
  7. At this point, you can either refrigerate the plastic-covered bagels for up to 48 hours, or you can boil and bake them.
  8. When you are ready to bake, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Fill a dutch oven or other large pot two-thirds of the way with water. Once the water reaches a rolling boil, add the baking soda. Be careful, the water will bubbly rapidly.
  9. Drop in two or three bagels (whatever will fit comfortably in your pot) and boil for one minute. Gently flip the bagels over with tongs or a slotted spoon, and boil for another minute on the second side. Remove the bagels and place back on the parchment paper, and repeat until all the bagels are boiled.
  10. Place the baking sheet in the oven for about 15 minutes, until the bagels are dark golden brown on top.

Adapted from Ambitious Kitchen

Don’t forget to check out all of today’s fabulous fall foods!

Appetizers and Drinks

Soups, Stews, Chili, and Casserole

Salads and Side Dishes

Main Dishes

Desserts and Baked Goods

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Bacon, Onion and Cheddar Sliders #SundaySupper

By Coleen

Sliders topped with cheddar, bacon, and onions caramelized in red wine are the perfect bite for your next tailgate!

Bacon, Cheddar and Onion Sliders #SundaySupper by @TheRedheadBaker

This week, #SundaySupper is teaming up with Gallo Family Vineyards to share our best tailgating recipes that can either include or be paired with any of the 9 varietals of Gallo Family Vineyards mini wine bottles.

Though I’m not a football fan, Philadelphians (or is it just my family?) will find any excuse they can to tailgate – baseball games and concerts are the two big ones that come to mind. We’re waiting in line as soon as they open the gates, with our tents, a grill, and a TON of food.

Bacon, Cheddar and Onion Sliders #SundaySupper by @TheRedheadBaker

In my mind, tailgate food should be easy to eat with one hand (there aren’t always enough chairs to go around!), easy to cook, and it should be delicious! These sliders definitely meet those criteria.

The onions can be cooked up ahead of time and chilled. Come game day, put them in a foil pouch and throw them on the grill to heat them up again. The slider patties can be formed ahead of time and grilled at the tailgate.

Bacon, Cheddar and Onion Sliders #SundaySupper by @TheRedheadBaker

Bacon, Onion and Cheddar Sliders #SundaySupper
 
Serves: 12 sliders
Ingredients
  • 2 small yellow onions, peeled and cut vertically into thin slices
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 cup Gallo Family Vineyards Pinot Noir
  • 2 lbs 80/10 ground beef
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 slices cooked center cut bacon, cut in half
  • 3 slices sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 12 slider buns, toasted
Directions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onions and rosemary and saute, stirring frequently, until softened but not browned, about 15 minutes.
  2. Add the wine to the onions, and cook until the wine is almost completely absorbed, about 10 minutes.
  3. Season the ground beef with salt and pepper, and add the Worcestershire sauce. Form into 12 patties, about 2.5 ounces each. Spray a skillet or a grill with non-stick spray, and cook sliders over medium-high heat for 4 to 6 minutes per side.
  4. Cut each slice of Cheddar into 4 squares. Put one square on each slider and cover skillet or close grill until cheese melts.
  5. Place on slider on each slider bun. Top with a half-slice of bacon, and some caramelized onions.

An original recipe by The Redhead Baker

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

Make sure to go visit Gallo to learn more about their wine and how well it pairs with tailgate food, as well as some great recipes. While you’re at it, make sure to check out Gallo’s convenient Store Locator and print a coupon for $1 off a bottle of Gallo wine!

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