It always astounds me how fast the holidays sneak up on me each year! Thanksgiving is just a couple weeks away and all I can think about is pie! In order to prepare for the big day, we decided to incorporate our top three pie flavors in this month’s treats: pumpkin, apple, and cranberry. This month’s theme was hedgehogs. Yes, you read me correctly. This certainly wasn’t the most professional theme we’ve ever used, but it was the most fun. I was simply unable to resist these little woodland critters from Paper Source.
• Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling
• Glazed Apple Crumble Pie Bars
• Cranberry Swirl Bread with Crumb Topping
Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies. This is a classic recipe that we look forward to each year. These tiny, lightly-spiced pumpkin cakes practically scream to be filled with cream cheese icing. We tried to replicate the spines of the hedgehog with a ring of mini chocolate chips.
Glazed Apple Crumble Pie Bars. It took just one bite to decide to add it to our permanent collection. The best way to describe this dessert is as a sliceable piece of apple crisp. The apples bubble happily in the oven and then perfectly congeal as they cool, creating a thick layer of tart fruit. And, the crust is chewy, sweet – blissful. I really can’t say enough about these treats!
Cranberry Swirl Bread. As great as the apple bars were, we received more rave reviews on the cranberry bread. It was a toss-up, though, as to the best feedback. In the running was the comment that we should abandon all our other dessert efforts and focus on creating “cranberrybread.com” and the statement from a dignified, but unnamed source, that dignity is overrated and you should cave and eat another piece.
This bread looks and tastes special with the bright red cranberries cooked into a sauce and swirled throughout the soft, sweet loaf. We think this treat makes a wonderful addition to our holiday menu.
Finally, we just wanted to say how thankful we are to be able to do what we do. We really consider it a privilege to learn and create and ultimately make things that people like! We hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
corrie @ Peachie’s Treats