Pumpkin Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Every holiday seems to have a whole variety of traditions depending on your family and now with Pinterest every mom has more holiday ideas than they have time or patience to put in to practice. So my plan is to take my favorite ones from my family and add to them with little touches from the hubby’s family and any thing I can’t resist from Pinterest. (Which is sadly a lot!)

For Halloween, my mom has always made homemade chili, homemade breadsticks and pumpkin cookies with buttercream frosting and chocolate chips. It’s a huge hit with most of my siblings. But being the “picky” kid I didn’t really love all those things. My brother has taken over the Halloween chili making, which is just fine with me. The cookies are more where I shine anyway. I like my mom’s pumpkin cookies but they are super pumpkiny (that’s a word, right?) so I can really only manage one before I am pumpkined (also a word?) out.

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So I got the idea to make just regular sugar cookies and have a pumpkin frosting instead. I felt that the best way to achieve that would be to mix it with a cream cheese frosting. My cream cheese frosting recipe is pretty straight forward and I originally thought that just adding a small can of pumpkin to the frosting would work fine. Luckily for me (and my frosting!), I am not the first person to think that pumpkin cream cheese frosting sounded delicious and there were a few recipes I could compare mine to before I added that whole can of pumpkin!

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After comparing recipes with a few others I was able to make a few adjustments and I think I came up with a pretty great one that is great for Halloween, Thanksgiving or any fall event that has you craving the pumpkin goodness!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

8 oz. Cream Cheese (softened)

1/2 C butter (softened)

4 1/2 C powdered sugar

1/4 C canned pumpkin

1 tsp. cinnamon

Instructions

Beat together cream cheese and butter until creamy.

Add pumpkin and cinnamon until well blended.

Add powdered sugar slowly until desired consistency.

(I used the whole 4 1/2 cups when spreading on cookies, but only 4 cups when piping with cake decorating kit.)

Candy Making for Days

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “Follow your passion”. I had heard it about a million times, and every time it was followed up with confusion and desperation. What was my passion? How are you supposed to follow your passion if you have no idea what it is? Follow that phrase up with “write what you know” or “do what you are good at” and I was a puddle of confusion!

I’ve followed plenty of things I thought that I could be good at, but they just weren’t it. When it finally came to me, it seemed completely ridiculous that I had never realized it before.

My grandma and my mom started teaching me to bake and make candy before I can even remember. It was so much apart of my childhood, teen and even adult life that it didn’t occur to me that this beautiful art and skill that I had been learning my whole life was something special. Not only was it special, it was something that I love doing! I loved making caking candy with my mom, grandma and sister and loved baking even by myself.

I got my sister on board and we have been making candy around the clock ever since. Working through a few set backs I have LOVED every second of it. The two of us working together, even going up to my mom’s to work with my mom and Grandma a few times, all leading up to a great taste testing party to help us perfect our craft and start our business. I am so excited about the direction that we are heading in and I can’t wait to share our candy with the world!