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pumpkin fudge on a stick and 20+ other ways to use a pumpkin cutter, for Sugarbelle

 

Hello Fall, come on in. I’ve missed you ever so much this long, hot, sticky Summer. I embrace you, Fall, and all you bring, like pumpkins. So yes, Callye of The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle, of course I’m joining your pumpkin cookie cutter extravaganza. Remember back when she asked a bunch of supercool bloggers to create something, anything with a star cookie cutter? This time around, it’s a pumpkin cookie cutter. Isn’t this collection of talent and sweet art freakin’ amazing? Forgive my language, but it just is. For links to all 23 bloggers, scroll to the end.

 

 

I didn’t live up to my name and actually decorate my pumpkins. No cookie recipe is used here.

 

I’ve mentioned 169 and 39 times on this blog that Fall is my favorite season (by the way, “169 and 39″ is my daughter’s go-to phrase for expressing a large volume, so I thought I’d try and start a trend). Summer is too hot. Fall brings a crisp chill that is fully welcome after the sweltering heat. And Fall brings the promise of winter and holidays and pretty snowfalls. And that promise is even better than the real thing, because the real thing is terribly inconvenient when it happens. But the promise of it makes you only think of the pretty part. As a fan of Fall, I adore the smells and flavors of the season. So when Callye challenge us to use a pumpkin cutter, I not only wanted to step away from my usual cookies, but I wanted to make something that incorporated the flavors of Fall.

So I chose candy. Pumpkin fudge, that is. On a stick, of course. I played around with my go-to recipe for chocolate fudge until I got the pumpkin fudge just right. And by “played around” I mean I made four batches. We’re swimming in pumpkin fudge in my house.

I have a few different sizes of pumpkin cutters, but I chose the little one-inch pumpkin cutter I got in a set of Fall cutters for these. It was a wise choice. This fudge is way too rich to have more than an inch. I know, because I ate all the scraps as I went along and I could barely move afterwards.

 

how to make pumpkin fudge on a stick

 

pumpkin fudge recipe

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup evaporated milk

1/2 cup pumpkin puree (a can of Libby’s is the best)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

2 1/2 to 3 cups white chocolate chips*

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

*Note that this is just over a 24-ounce bag of chocolate chips. You don’t necessarily need the extra half cup, but I wanted my fudge a little thicker so it would hold its shape better, so I bought the larger bag.

 

Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan. In a small bowl, combine the salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves and set aside. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, sugar, evaporated milk, pumpkin and the salt and spice mixture. Stir constantly with a whisk until the mixture comes to a boil. Lower the heat a bit and continue to simmer for five minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and use a spoon or spatula to stir in the chocolate chips and vanilla extract. Stir, stir, stir until all the chocolate chips are melted. Pour into the pan, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, about 2 hours. Remove and cut into squares or pumpkins. Keep refrigerated to keep firm. Makes about 25 little pumpkins.

 

 

putting it on a stick

you will need:*

1-inch pumpkin cookie cutter

lollipop sticks

 

When the fudge has set, use the cookie cutter to cut out the pumpkins as closely together as possible. If the fudge is too firm, let it rest at room temperature a bit. To make the cutting easier, dip the cutter’s edges in hot water or grease with shortening. I pressed down my greased cookie cutter, then used a large, off set spatula to lift the piece out of the baking pan, then I gently pushed the fudge out of the cutter. Insert a lollipop stick. Refrigerate the fudge to keep it firm.

 

 

 

Here they are, 20+ ways to use a pumpkin cutter, hosted by Sugarbelle. Click the links to go to the bloggers’ posts.

1.       Panda Calaveras, Miss Cuit

2.       Owl S’mores on a Stick, Kitchen Fun with my Three Sons

3.       Pumpkin Cheesecake Pasties, Bakingdom

4.       Halloween Pumpkin Wall, Arty McGoo

5.       Cocoa Krispies Trick or Treat Bears, Hungry Happenings

6.       Creative Cherry Cookies, Lila Loa

7.       The Ultimate Halloween Candy Bar, Dollhouse Bake Shoppe

8.       Halloween Pumpkin Carriage Cookie, Trilogy Edibles

9.       Easy Cheveron Pumpkin Cookies, Lizy B Bakes

10.   Pumpkin Fudge on a Stick, The Decorated Cookie

11.   Funny Face Pumpkin Cookies, Munchkin Munchies

12.   Woodland Owl Cookies, The Bearfoot Baker

13.   Pumpkin Cheesecake Hand Pies, Created by Diane

14.   Wide Eyed Owl Cookies, Simply Sweets by Honeybee

15.   Zombie Girl and Brains Cookies, Not Your Momma’s Cookies

16.   Cookie Cutter Pumpkin Fudge, The Partiologist

17.   3-D Pumpkin Cookie, Cookie Crazie

18.   Faberge-Style Pumpkin Coach, Oh, Sugar Events

19.   Peek-a-Boo Pumpkin Cupcake Topper, Sweetology 101

20.   Slimy Green Ghost Cookies, Pink Little Cake

21.   Silly Pumpkin Face Cookies, Klickitat Street

22.   Pretty Painted Pumpkin Cookies, Glorious Treats

23.   Lalaloopsie Cookies with a Twist, SweetSugarBelle

 

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18 Comments

  1. Posted September 24, 2012 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    This sounds awesome!! Fall is my favorite season too :) I tried to create a recipe for pumpkin fudge a couple weeks ago and it was less than successful, so I’m super excited to make yours!

  2. Posted September 24, 2012 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Mmmmm…..pumpkin fudge sounds divine. And boy, do you always know how to make SUPER CUTE yummies on a stick. Love them. :) It was fun doing this pumpkin project with you. ♥♥♥

  3. Posted September 24, 2012 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Love these Meaghan! I have been wanting to make some pumpkin fudge…everything is better on a stick!

  4. Posted September 24, 2012 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Pumpkin fudge on a stick!! YES Please!! I love this idea and can’t wait to try your recipe! Thanks for sharing and showing me how to add fudge to a stick!! I am so happy right now!!!

  5. Posted September 24, 2012 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    how cutie are these little guys!! YUM YUM YUM! Love it Meaghan and I love the fact that this is something that I can do w/ Sophia too – you have NO idea how important that is to so many people.

  6. Posted September 24, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Pumpkin FUDGE sounds amazing and they look so cute on the stick with the little flags! I just may have to make 169 and 39 pieces of pumpkin fudge! :)

  7. Posted September 24, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never tried pumpkin fudge but now I must, this sounds delish! and oh so cute.

  8. Posted September 24, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    I love fall too. The sound of leaves crunching under my feet, the cool crisp air, and the taste of pumpkin, ooh yum. I’m glad you took the time to experiment to find a good fudge recipe. I want to make some and wouldn’t have wanted 4 batches hanging around in my kitchen. Now I wont have to, as I’ll just try yours! I’m sure it is wonderful =)

  9. Posted September 24, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    What a fun way to serve the fudge – on a stick! And you might have guessed that I really LOVE pumpkin fudge! I might just have to whip up a batch of these!!

  10. Posted September 24, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    I love Fall, specially taking my little Cami pumpkin picking, and this year we will be taking Emma!
    Pumpkin fudge? yes please!!!

  11. Posted September 25, 2012 at 1:09 am | Permalink

    I love fall too….I love that phrase from You’ve Got Mail…”I’d send you a bouquet of sharpened pencils…” I wish we had falling leaves turning different colors. Your pumpkin fudge looks delicious!!! Not the least bit surprised, your treats always look delicious! Honored to be working on Callye’s project with you!

  12. Posted September 25, 2012 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    PUMPKIN FUDGE??!! That is SUCH a good idea!! It sounds absolutely lovely and I adore that you put them on a stick!!

  13. Posted September 25, 2012 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    so cute, and honestly I would not be happy with only four batches of fudge in my home, there is always room for more;p

  14. Posted September 25, 2012 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    So many cute ideas! That fudge looks delicious.

  15. Posted September 27, 2012 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    This is right up my alley, I love cutting things out.
    They sound yummy too.

  16. Posted September 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never had pumpkin fudge, but it sounds amazing!! Love these cute pops!

  17. Posted September 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    The fudge looks great. Funny with your daughter’s big number. My kids big numbers always finish in a nine as well. I think my son’s number is 269, they are so funny :)

  18. Posted September 30, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    These are so cute and they sound delicious too!! Perfect creative use for a pumpkin cutter!

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