Thanksgiving Sweet Treats
Thanksgiving isn’t just about the turkey. Sweet pies and cookies also steal the show and make such good meal-enders.
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 55 minutes
Cooling time: 3 hours
Yield: 8 servings
- 9-inch pie crust
- 15-oz. can solid pack pure pumpkin
- 3 large eggs
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon cloves
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix the pumpkin, eggs, cream, brown sugar and spices either by processing the mixture in a food processor or beating it with a mixer.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pie shell and place on a baking pan.
- Bake the pie in the preheated oven for about 50 to 60 minutes or just until the custard is set and the pie is browned. Call it done when the center is still a bit wet and a knife inserted about 1 inch from the side of the pan comes out almost clean.
- Cool the pie on a rack. Cover and store in the refrigerator until serving time. Serve with whipped cream.
Butter Pecan Cookies
Buttered pecan gets topped with yummy milk chocolate chips for a nutty and chocolatey treat that’s easy to make for Thanksgiving.
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Yield: about 36 bars
- 1 ¾ cups flour
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup butter, melted
- 2 cups whole pecan halves
- 1 cup butter
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 2 cups milk chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, combine flour and brown sugar, mixing with your fingers. Stir in half a cup of melted butter until the mixture resembles corn meal. Pat evenly into a 9x13-inch baking pan. Sprinkle pecans over the crust.
- In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup butter and ¾ cup brown sugar. Cook over medium heat for about a full minute, stirring continuously until the mixture becomes syrupy. Carefully drizzle hot butter and sugar mixture over the pecans. Bake pecan bars in the preheated oven for about 17 to 22 minutes or until the entire surface is bubbly.
- Remove from the oven and sprinkle immediately with milk chocolate chips. Cover with foil to trap the heat. Let the milk chocolate chips melt for a few minutes, uncover and swirl a knife over the chips to marble.
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