Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pumpkin Pound Cake

Happy Halloween! Hope you have good weather for Trick or Treating and stay safe. We had a Halloween lunch yesterday at work. Homemade chili and all the fixins' -- cornbread, Fritos, pasta, rice, crackers. Something for anyone who likes their chili done up a different way. I looked at several recipes (there are many) and this is my version. It was a good way to start some fall baking. All my taste testers said it was a very moist cake.


1 cup butter, softened
1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/4 cups solid-pack pumpkin (Libby's) -- not filling
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs
1 cup chopped toasted pecans

For glaze:
1 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray bundt or tube pan with Pam. Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl and set aside. In mixing bowl beat butter and sugar until fluffy -- about 3 minutes. Add eggs 1 at a time and beat for 1 minute longer. Add pumpkin, buttermilk, and vanilla, add dry ingredients. Beat until smooth. Stir in pecans.

Pour into greased bundt pan and bake for 45-55 minutes until done. Remove from pan and cool on rack.

Stir glaze ingredients together and pour over cake.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Chocolate Chunk Coconut Cookies

My youngest grandson turned 2 this week. We had a party on Saturday. Here is a cookie I've had in my files for a long time to try. I know there are 100's of chocolate chip cookie recipes out there. I have my usual standard one I use, but the addition of the coconut in these really made these stand out.


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup sour cream
1 cup chopped pecans
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chunks
1 cup shredded coconut

Mix flour, baking soda and salt together and set aside. Cream together the butter, sugars and vanilla. Blend in egg and sour cream. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and fold in nuts, chocolate and coconut. Drop by heaping tablespoon on ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375° for 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Makes about 3 dozen.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Coconut Pecan Bars

We had a small retirement party brunch at work yesterday. I made my Snickerdoodles and these pecan bars to take. It's almost pecan time here in Texas -- I can't wait!


1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

2 eggs
1-1/2 cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 350. In a mixing bowl combine flour, butter, and 1/3 cup brown sugar. Beat at low speed for 2 minutes until crumbly. Pat into a 9 x 13 pan lined with parchment. Bake for 12-17 minutes until lightly browned. In another bowl combine all filling ingredients and mix well for 1-2 minutes. Pour over hot crust. Bake for an additional 17-22 minutes until golden brown and filling is set. Cool completely and cut into bars.