Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and I’m gearing up to get started of the things we want for the weekend. Yes, it is Friday morning, and our first Thanksgiving dinner is tomorrow, but I was never one to let a little thing like immanency stop me from procrastinating. So, instead of actually staring on one of these recipes, or even, you know, heading to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients I forgot last week, I figured I’d share my favorites with you.
I am going to regret this around midnight tonight. I can guarantee it.
Pumpkin Cake Cookies with Brown Butter icing – These are one of my kids favourite!
These are some of the easiest cookies to make, and as long as you’re good with dipping the tops in the icing instead of making them super pretty and perfect (perfection is in the imperfection remember), then that part doesn’t take much either. Make these! They’re bite size pumpkin pies, how could you not love them!
I am always linking to this bread. For the holidays I’ll do it up in a bundt pan and then drizzle on a quick icing (icing sugar, cinnamon, touch of lemon juice, and water until it’s just runny enough to drizzle). For the rest of the year, I bake it up in loaf pans and then freeze for snacks for the kids. I’ve always got a few of these in the freezer, and I literally just took one out for Oliver, who’s sick, and this is what he asked for. I mean, when it’s your go-to feel better food it’s got to be doing something right.
Everybody likes a cheesecake, and in case you couldn’t tell, I’m clearly a fan of pumpkin. So this is pretty much heaven on a plate for me. Throw on some cinnamon laced whipped cream and you wouldn’t even have to take me out to dinner first. I’ve been getting requests for this one this year, and it’s the one I tried to say no to…
My mind is telling me Noooo, but my body… my BODY, is telling me YESSSSSS. Lord, do I ever need some sleep.
Looking for a bowl full of snacking goodness, then look no further. As you can tell from the pumpkin cheesecake above, like Franks Red Hot, I put this shit on everything. Seriously though, these are pretty darn easy and don’t take a lot of effort while baking. Just some time and a little patience to let them cool because they’re really hot and you’ll want to grab a handful straight out of the oven. If you’ve ever been to Disney, or Universal Studios, or a country fair and had those spiced almonds – these are them. The closest you’ll get to them at home (trust me, it took me a while to get this just right). You’re welcome.
Looking for something a little less sweet? You’ve got to make these dinner rolls! For classic rolls (also a great bun for turkey sandwiches), leave off the honey glaze. For Thanksgiving I make the rolls half the size (so 1 ounce of dough each). Keep these babies a secret until just before heading to the table though. Last year I walked in swinging them around like the price they are, and my husband and uncle ate 90% of them an hour before the turkey was done. Well played boys, well played.
This is it folks, the carrot cake to beat all carrot cakes. Literally. This won top prize at Carrot Fest (yes, it actually exists), and I’ve got the certificate to prove it! I shouldn’t have to say anything else about this. Make it. Make it right now. Then say a silent little prayer to my cousin’s, husband’s mother who so kindly gave me the recipe.
Alright, that’s all folks. I’ve got children who still haven’t had breakfast, and if I’m going to make any of these, I really do need to hit the grocery store. Happy Thanksgiving Canada!
PS – Told you.