Sunday, December 18, 2011

Family Bake-off and Pumpkin Granola {recipe}

Heeeeyyyy! Remember me?? Yeah, so life gets in the way of blogging sometimes. Remember that annual family bakeoff I told you about? I have been meaning to share some photos and a recipe from it! The women in my family (8 of us this year) get together and bake, and bake, and bake until there is no butter left.

Here goes!

Here is my nephew packaging up some almond brittle. Yes, he washed his hands. 

My sister! She made these super cute ornaments from Pinterest!

My brother! I'm getting him a pair of scissors for Christmas. 

My mom! She is the artsy one of us all. Need a tiny pair of felt elf boots? She's on it. 

We were frantically trying to finish the ornaments. This meant dull scissors and lots of hot glue.  

Whoa. Monster Baby. 

Nope. Try again. 


Like I said, we package it all up and send them out as gifts. I made the Cowboy Cookies (seen here, Pinterest inspired packaging!) and 3 batches of Pumpkin Granola (recipe below).

In addition we had Lemon Squares, Chex Mix, Pistachio Seat Salt Bark, Almond Bark, Pumpkin Bread, Puppy Chow, Hello Dollies, Peanut Butter and Maple Rice Krispies Treats, Tarts, and Pecan Muffins.

Pumpkin Granola

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Bake: 325 degrees for 20 minutes 

Cool: 20 minutes

Yield: 6 cups granola


5 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup sliced almonds


In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and brown sugar.

In another bowl, combine the pumpkin, maple syrup, applesauce, and vanilla.

Pour the pumpkin mixture into the oat mixture.

Toss the mixture until all of the oats are coated. Spread the granola onto a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment.

Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 20 minutes. Take the granola out and stir it around. Bake another 20 minutes or until the granola gets crisp. Take the granola out and mix in the cranberries and almonds.


Melissa said...

Oh my goodness....That pistachio sea salt bark was AWESOME!!!

Tamara Nicole said...

The cookies in cd cases are adorable!!!

Happy holidays!

Spartan ab workout said...

Cute! Like the monster baby picture.:D

Anonymous said...

Well, heck. Cpwboy cookies? sigh Thanks again for the empty tin...looks great, so we'll be on it next year...xxoo Aunt Lizzie

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