Monday, May 3, 2010

RECIPE: "Sunflower" Pumpkin Pies

This week for the FNCCC we're working on recipes from chef Sunny Anderson.  I had some pumpkin puree leftover from OAMC day so decided it would be great in this recipe for Mini Pecan Pumpkin Pies.  I love pumpkin pie.  My husband is not fond of it so when I make it, I eat the whole thing.  Not a good thing.  The next best thing?  Make little ones and I won't feel so guilty about eating them.  

I totally tweaked the recipe so I could use my sunflower cookie cutter.  I saw on another blog how to use the sunflower cookie cutter as the crust and thought it was so cute!  I can't remember which blog it was, so if it was you, please leave a comment so I can link back to show the adorable lemon cups you made!  So excited!  I found the site:  visit Jamie Cooks It Up for the Lemon Tart recipe using this cutter!

Let me apologize for the iPhone picture.  My camera is officially out of commission and my Momma needed hers back, so I'm left snapping shots with the cell phone.

Here's what I came up with:

"Sunflower" Pumpkin Pies
refrigerated pie dough
1 egg, plus 1 egg yolk
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.  Using 1 pie crust, roll it out to accommodate a 4" cookie cutter.  Punch out shapes and press into the muffin tins, gathering the scraps and re-rolling and punching out more shapes.  I got 9 out of it.

In a mixing bowl, combine egg and yolk, corn syrup, brown sugar, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract and cinnamon.  Using 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop and pour into the pie shells.  Bake for 15-18 minutes until centers are set.  Remove from oven and immediately position the chocolate chips in the centers of the pies to resemble the centers of sunflowers.  Cool completely and enjoy!

This was fun to make.  Especially since our sunflowers have sprouted in the garden!
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20 comments:

Sarah said...

These are so cute~! Think of the possibilities with this :) Now how can I remember to use the idea...

Anonymous said...

these are adorable!!!!! I love the combination of pumpkin & chocolate together. I want to eat one!!!!
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Tara said...

OMG!!! those look so adorable and soo yummy!!!

Lisa said...

Wow.. I love anything with pumpkin, but pumpkin and chocolate together sounds amazing. They even look amazing! Almost too good to eat. I would love to try this recipe!
Thanks
Lisa

Debbi Smith said...

They look fantastic! I would love to have those at my next appetizer party! Thanks!

Nikki said...

Thanks for stopping by Coupon Cookin'. These look great. I will have to try them! Also nice job on your garden.

April@The 21st Century Housewife said...

What cute little pies! They look delicious!

MollyinMinn said...

Those are adorable! And I love that it's a way to use a pumpkin recipe sometime other than the fall!

MrsJenB said...

OMG they are the cutest things ever!!!!! I love pumpkin pie, too - but in my case, my hubby loves it just as much as I do, if not more! So I get the feeling I'd go to work one day and get home and these would have mysteriously disappeared...

Visiting from Tuesday Tastes - thanks for sharing these yummy treats!

Robyn said...

YUM. I love pumpkin and those are so creative. Fun!

Robyn
Mom All Day
http://momallday.blogspot.com/

Traci Michele said...

HOW CUTE CANDI! Nice to meet you!
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Megan said...

These look great! Very fun dessert.

the country cook said...

Okay, those are just TOO cute! I love the idea of using the cookie cutter. I've got to put sunflower cookie cutters on my wish list. - www.delightfulcountrycookin.com

Brenda said...

Those are so pretty!

Jenna @ Newlyweds said...

How cute!! Great idea, and I love anything pumpkin also.

SnoWhite {Finding Joy in My Kitchen} said...

Too cute! I bet they would be wonderful for a spring wedding/baby shower :)

Hillary (First Yr Wife) said...

Those are so cute! What a great recipe, too! I hardly ever make pie because there are only 2 of us and I don't want to eat or waste half a pie! Mini pies seem like a great solution! :)

Kim said...

My son loves pumpkins pie - but his Dad and I, not so much. Any idea how long these would last inthe fridge ot is I can freeze them? I almost want to go out and look for a sunflower cookie cutter now ;)

Jasey said...

Cute and Yummy! Wonderful! Thanks for linking up to Tuesday Tastes! I love having you! If you get a chance, come back and use the poll in the side bar to cast your vote for the People's Choice Award!

Happy Day,
Jasey @ Crazy Daisy

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mub said...

So cute! I love that they look like little sunflowers, I'm sure they taste better because of it!

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