Desserts

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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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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Raspberry Custard Pie

Raspberry Custard Pie

Serves: 6-8

Time: 1 hr

Kid Friendly Tasks: Adding Filling

So this is clearly the part where I flood the site with black raspberry recipes. In our case, we have a ton of wild black raspberries that grow in our yard, although we also like to go out and pick berries commercially too. I love my classic black raspberry pie, but I’m always up for something new from my cookbook collection or the web. This one was fun to try because it had a different filling which made it almost like a varient on raspberry cream pie (also good, BTW). You can use either black or red raspberries in this.

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Raspberry Turnovers

Raspberry Turnovers

Serves: 6

Time: 1 hr

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Adding Filling

We had a bumper year of raspberry picking last year, which is great because I love raspberry, they are some of my favorite berries (although to be fair I don’t know that I’ve ever met a berry I don’t like) and I enjoy picking in general. This year we went a little nuts and picked 13 lbs of berries. I made a lot of seriously awesome pie and will post that recipe soon. I also made jam and pie filling. Oh and these lovely pastries.

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