What Do I Do With Pumpkin Leftovers (Besides This Delicious Cookie Recipe)?
Does anyone else just get giddy this time of year?? I don’t know if it’s the beautiful fall colors, the chill in the air, or the fact that Christmas is right around the corner, but I just get giddy and so cheerful this time of year! It really is a magical few months ;).
One of the best things about fall is pumpkin-flavored EVERYTHING! I’ve had so much fun this year trying new recipes that involve pumpkin or pumpkin spice or some combination of the two ;). The only problem I seem to run into is that most recipes don’t use all the pumpkin I have! Inevitably, there is always leftovers- and I hate seeing anything go to waste;). So what can you do with that leftover pumpkin you have sitting in the fridge?
Really- anything!! Pumpkin can go with sweet OR savory, making it a delectable and versatile special ingredient! It makes your recipes creamier and gives it that subtle fall flavor that’s just too good to pass up :).
If you’re thinking savory, try adding a little bit of pumpkin to your homemade pasta. Whether it’s homemade Mac n’ Cheese or Alfredo spaghetti, a little pumpkin can add a subtle fall taste that’s truly delicious! If you like homemade hummus, why not try a pumpkin variety? And while we’re all familiar with pumpkin chocolate chip bread, why not try a more savory variation, like pumpkin garlic knots? Definitely an intriguing idea, don’t you think?
Now, if you’d like to stick with sweet pumpkin flavors, there’s really no end to what you can do! There’s endless cookie variations you could try, but don’t stop there! Why not add a little pumpkin to your pancake mix, or even your homemade cornbread? You could also add a little pumpkin to spice cake mix and have pumpkin cake balls- can you just imagine how delectably moist those would be?? But don’t stop there ;).
Add a few tablespoons of pumpkin and a dash of pumpkin spice to your favorite hot chocolate recipe for pumpkin hot cocoa. Add several tablespoons of pumpkin (and a teaspoon or two of pumpkin pie spice) to a blender with some vanilla ice cream and leftover pie crust to create a delicious pumpkin pie shake. Add it to your oatmeal, your rice krispie treats, I mean really- is there really an end to the possibilities? When in doubt, you can always freeze it ;).
Well, going back to the cookies, I recently tried a recipe that I thought was definitely worth sharing! It went over very well with the group of young women I work with for my church, and I had several people ask for the recipe afterward, so I’m pretty sure it was a hit ;). White Chocolate Pumpkin Snickerdoodles- definitely worth trying, my friends!
What’s your favorite way to use up leftover pumpkin? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
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