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Thanksgiving: Desserts. November 26, 2009

Posted by ourfriendben in homesteading, recipes, wit and wisdom.
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Silence Dogood here, continuing a week of Thanksgiving-themed recipes here at Poor Richard’s Almanac. One thing it’s easy to be thankful for is a delicious homemade dessert. But if you’re not a pumpkin pie fan, or you just want to provide an extra dessert or two, you may be stuck trying to think of something appropriate.

Never fear! Between this yummy pumpkin roll and these easy, delectable cranberry oatmeal cookies, you’ll never be at a loss again!

             Pumpkin Roll

For the cake:

3 eggs

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup 100% pumpkin (not pie filling)

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

3/4 cup flour

powdered sugar

For the filling:

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

4 Tbsps. butter, at room temperature

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp. real vanilla extract

For the cake: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix the eggs, sugar, pumpkin, baking soda, cinnamon, and flour. Beat well. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit a jelly roll pan (or use a large rimmed cookie sheet), and line the pan with the paper. Pour the batter into the pan. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven and lift out of pan with parchment paper. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, then roll up with parchment paper so the layers don’t stick together. Cool for 2 hours.

For the filling: Mix the cream cheese, butter, cup of powdered sugar, and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Unroll the cake, remove the parchment paper, spread the filling over the entire surface of the cake, and reroll. Sprinkle more powdered sugar over the top. Refrigerate to set the filling.

               Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon real vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups quick-cooking oats

1 cup raisins

1 cup dried cranberries (“craisins”) or coarsely chopped fresh or frozen cranberries

1 12-oz. package vanilla or white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream together butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; add to the creamed mixture. Stir in oats, raisins and cranberries. Stir in vanilla or white chocolate chips. Drop by rounded teaspoonsful 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. Makes 6 dozen.

Yum! Just thinking of these makes me feel thankful.

We wish each and every one of you a joyous and blessed Thanksgiving. Our favorite Thanksgiving prayer is the beautiful old French prayer, “For this good food and joy renewed, we give you thanks, oh Lord.” We also like “God bless this table and all of us around it.” And let’s not forget that ultimate prayer, Tiny Tim’s “God bless us, every one.”

         ‘Til next time,



1. Nell Jean - November 26, 2009

The receptionist at the Vet’s office told me Tuesday when Ike the cat and I were there that she had ordered a Pumpkin Roll from the Cake Lady whose brochure was on the counter there. I wondered what was a Pumpkin Roll. Now I know, and might make one someday, sounds delish.

We prefer our oatmeal cookies full of goodies, too. I’ve used dried cranberries, never chocolate bits. We also like glaceed cherries and pineapple, golden raisins, walnuts, coconut, dried cherries; in any combination. Our late son prefereed plain oatmeal cookies, no additions.

I use one and a half cups of flour and 3 cups of oatmeal; not nearly as much sugar as the recipe calls for, only about half.

Pumpkin roll is so delicious, Nell Jean, you have to try one!!! There’s a wonderful local bakery, Louie’s, that makes my two favorite pumpkin desserts: pumpkin roll and a luscious, dense vanilla cheesecake with pumpkin swirled through it. Someday I have to try to recreate that!

Your oatmeal cookie suggestions all sound wonderful. I didn’t give the recipe for my non-holiday oatmeal-cookie standard, which has raisins, pecan bits, and chocolate chips, but they are wonderful. I love chewy oatmeal cookies, but there’s one time I totally agree with your son: When I dip an oatmeal cookie into hot tea or coffee, I want it to be plain and hard. Talk about a guilty pleasure!

Needless to say, my thoughts and prayers will be with you and yours this Thanksgiving. How terribly hard it must be to see that empty place at the table! At least you can be thankful for the time you had together and the memories that no amount of time can take away. God bless all of you!!!

2. Joy - November 26, 2009

These are amazing recipes (take it from some one who really doesn’t like to cook much ! haha) .. John used to do a jelly roll and it was delicious .. so this pumpkin one looks wonderful.
The oatmeal cookies sound perfect too .. even just reading recipes makes me crave the goodies so much more .. BIG sigh !
I had some fudge yesterday .. I was on a sugar high most of the day and it was FUN : ) LOL

FUDGE!!!! Oops, sorry, got a little carried away there. These recipes are great, Joy, you all should try them! And yes, to me the ultimate high involves sugar, fat, and salt. Hooo—ahhh!!! A very happy American Thanksgiving to you, John and the girls from all of us down here!!!

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