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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Time: 1 hr

Kid Friendly Tasks: Cookie Sandwicher

In honor of our pumpkin picking and decorating this past weekend I made these pumpkin cookies to take along. Who doesn’t love whoopie pies, especially ones like these, that have marshmallow filling? I liked them so much I used the filling in a pumpkin spiced donut I made as a follow up. Even in 80 degree fall weather, nothing beats a pumpkin treat and cider. Try these out and I think you’ll agree.

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Berliner Donuts

Berliner Donuts

Serves: 3-4

Time: 1 hr + Rising

Kid Friendly Tasks: Powdered Sugar Sprinkler

Ich bin ein Berliner. I suppose it’s mandatory to start with that, certainly after tasting the recipe below. These fabulous donuts came to me from a Postcrosser in Germany who kindly sent me the recipe and now has me in the mood to revive my German. I love international recipe exchanges. Foods I wouldn’t even think of make their way to my door and I’m always a fan of trying them out. We got my son’s favorite soup recipe that way and have discovered a lot of new classics.

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Hummus

Hummus

Serves: 4-6

Time: 5 mins

Kid Friendly Tasks: Measuring Spices

We’ve been doing a lot of round the world cooking again and this time I’ve been making hummus to go as a side dish to everything. This hummus is so good that even my kids will eat it. I like to give it to them as a snack with veggies or pretzels to eat after school. If you want smoother, richer tasting hummus you can up the oil from what I have listed. This will not have that truly smooth consistency. The water from the chickpeas stands in for the oil a bit in making it taste smoother, but doesn’t coat the tongue quite like oil would. It does, however, have far fewer calories. I think it’s almost as good.

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Blueberry Pie

Blueberry Pie

Serves: 4-6

Time: 1 hr

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Picking Blueberries

Blueberries and vanilla ice cream pair so well together that I decided to skip a step and add that vanilla note up front. It’s very subtle. Also note the lack of mandatory lemon juice in this pie. My husband can’t stand lemon in his baked good, (unless it’s like a lemon bar or something) and claims that, however little you add, you can always taste it. He’s right actually. The solution to this (since the lemon is supposed to be there to balance out the sweet) is to pick with small children. They have a habit of picking the odd under ripe and therefore tart berry. Make the pie with everything picked and it will come out perfectly.

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Uszka

Polish Mini Pierogis aka Uszka

Serves: 6-8

Time: 2 hrs

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Stuffing

A lovely woman from Poland sent me the recipe below and said these were a favorite of hers. Several years having passed since the first pelmeni debacle I was willing to try them. Plus, they are served in the Polish version of borsch and I was already planning on making that over the weekend. Clearly, the stars had aligned. So why not I thought. I googled around to see a number of different uszka recipes and generally learn more about them. The recipe below is what I consolidated everything on. And this time it worked! Happy dance. These were AMAZING. Light, tasty and plain adorable. They look like the picture of every expertly made pelmeni that I’ve ever seen. I am totally making these again with different fillings. On a day when I have lots of time.

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