Sunday, November 1, 2009

Pumpkin Cream Puffs

1/2 c water
1/4 c butter, cubed
1 T sugar
1/2 c flour
1/2 t pumpkin pie spice
2 eggs

4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 c canned pumpkin
2 T sugar
1/2 t pumpkin pie spice
3/4 c whipped topping

FROSTING (for jack-o'-lanterns):
1/2 c powdered sugar
2 t butter, softened
1/4 t vanilla
1-2 t milk
green and orange food coloring
1 T baking cocoa

In a small saucepan, bring the water, butter and sugar to a boil. Combine flour and pie spice and add to water mixture all at once and stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and shiny. Drop 12 rounded tablespoons 2 " apart onto a greased baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 25-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack. Immediately split puffs open; remove tops and set aside. Discard soft dough from inside. Cool puffs.
For filling, in a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar and pie spice until smooth. Pipe into cream puffs. Top each with 1 T whipped topping; replace tops.

***I usually double entire recipe.

Jack-o'-lanterns: For frosting, in a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Tint 1 T frosting green and 2 t orange, and set aside. Stir cocoa into remaining frosting. Pipe jack-o'-lantern faces with orange and chocolate frosting. Pipe stems with green frosting.

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