It’s that time of year again to embrace the merriment of the holiday season! Stores are busting with holiday shopping ideas, the sounds of the season have begun to flood the airwaves, and all of those irresistible treats we wait all year for are about to grace our plates. One of my favorite things about the holidays is inventing creative & delicious baked goods for my family. Since Thanksgiving 2013 has rapidly approached it’s my pleasure to provide not one, but two tasty and creative dinner components for you to add to your menu. I know how overwhelming it can be to organize a creative and fun menu for your guests so my hope is that these two recipes may help ease a little bit of the load on your plate (no pun intended!J) this holiday season.
Two of my favorite fall flavors are: Pumpkin and cinnamon. Combine that with oats and you have yourself a perfectly delightful mixture. With those three ingredients I was inspired to create what I call: Oatmeal Pumpkin Crumb Squares. They’re easy to make, and are sure to be popular once they’re placed on your beautifully decorated Thanksgiving tabletop. (See below for baking instructions & ingredient list)
Anyone who knows me well is aware that my kryptonite is bread (of any kind J). So of course the second recipe I’m sharing with you is a spicy little bread substitute for the common Thanksgiving dinner roll. They’ll get your quests applauding so intensely that the ruckus may just knock your ceramic roosters right off your counter top. I call them Great Biscuit Balls of Fire! With little to no prep time and only 15 minutes to bake – these biscuits will provide a flavor explosion in your mouth and are sure to satisfy you and your guest’s taste buds! (See below for baking instructions & ingredient list)
Well...it’s bakin’ time! Get in the kitchen, enjoy the process, and look forward to the sweet aromas that are sure to fill your home. From my kitchen to yours – Happy Thanksgiving and may the treats you bake be so tasty they fly off the plate!
Oatmeal Pumpkin Crumb Squares
Prep time: 17 minutes
Total cook time: Approx. 52 minutes
***Cool down time before serving: 2 hours
Servings: 15 squares
- Preheat oven to 350◦
- Line an 8-inch pan with parchment paper – It’s ok to let the excess fold over the pan.
STEP 1: Make Oatmeal Crumb mixture – Ingredients include:
- 1 ¼ cups of flour
- 1 ¼ cups of dry oats
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup of melted (then slightly cooled) butter
- With whisk combine flour, oats, brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt, baking soda in a large bowl.
- Add the melted (slightly cooled) butter, vanilla extract - then stir with a fork until the entire mixture is moistened.
- Press half of the mixture into the prepared 8-inch square pan and bake for 15 minutes
STEP 2: Make the Pumpkin Creamy Filling – Ingredients include:
- 1 ¼ cups of canned pumpkin
- 1/3 cup of coconut milk (non-dairy substitute for evaporated milk)
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
- With whisk mix the sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt in a bowl.
- Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract – then whisk until thoroughly blended.
- Add the pumpkin and milk – slowly whisk until mixture becomes smooth.
Great Biscuit Balls of Fire
- Once crust (from Step 1) has completed baking for 15 minutes remove from oven and pour the Pumpkin Creamy Filling (from Step 2) over the baked crust – then place pan back in oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
- When timer goes off remove pan from oven and sprinkle the remaining Oatmeal Crumb mixture over the top of the Pumpkin Creamy Filling.
- Place pan back in oven and bake for another 20-22 minutes – or until the top is golden brown.
- Remove from oven and cool for approximately 1 hour.
- Transfer the cooled pan to the refrigerator and chill for 2 hours – then remove from refrigerator, cut into squares.
- Nibble on one, pat yourself on the back & Enjoy...then serve and share!
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total cook time: 15-17 minutes
Servings: 16 squares
- Can of Buttermilk Biscuits (8 biscuits)
- 8-10 strips of Bacon
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon Ground pepper
- ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ¼ cup Jalapenos
- 1 egg white (for basting)
- Sea salt (enough to pinch a sprinkle on top of each dough ball)
- Sesame seeds (enough to sprinkle on top of each dough ball)
- Lay bacon flat in stove top pan - drizzle brown sugar and pepper over bacon
- Cook bacon over medium heat until lightly crispy - once cooled chop into pieces
- Chop up jalapenos
- Pop open can of biscuits, cut each biscuit round one in half
- Flatten the dough
- Pile on bacon bits, jalapenos, cheese
- Fold over dough to ball up all the ingredients
- Use egg to “eggwash” each dough ball
- Sprinkle sesame seeds and sea salt over each dough ball
- Bake for 15-17 minutes (or as instructed on can) - watch for them to turn golden brown
- Let cool for 1 minute, serve, & enjoy these ooey-gooey spicy delights!