Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies

My favorite part of fall has to be the multiple visits to local pumpkin patches.

There’s something so nostalgic about hopping into a straw-seated tractor bed, running through a corn maze, and picking out a variety of pumpkins to carve. So naturally, when I found out I’d be spending a day at work at the pumpkin patch with little ones, I knew immediately what I needed to make.

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These Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies are easy to make and fun to eat. They are great for outdoor fun and are mildly spiced to be kid-friendly.

Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies
Ingredients
– 1 box spice cake mix
– 15 oz pumpkin purée
– 1/2 cup oil
– 1 container Cool Whip
– 1 small box vanilla or cheesecake pudding mix

Directions
1. In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix, pumpkin, and oil and stir until combined.
2. Scoop out a tablespoon of batter and place on a parchment lined baking pan. Continue until all batter is used.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until cooked through. Let cool.
4. In a bowl, combine Cool Whip and pudding mix until thoroughly combined.
5. Flip over half of the cakes and scoop on a tablespoon of cool whip frosting. Sandwich with another cake to make a Whoopie pie.

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Soft, moist, and full of creamy “frosting”, these Whoopie Pies were a big hit with the kiddos and are sure to be an even bigger hit with all pumpkin-spice obsessed consumers!

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If you love pumpkin-everything or Whoopie pies, “like” this post and post your pictures in the comments below!

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Tiramisu Melted Ice Cream Cake

I looooove ice cream.

It’s my favorite dessert of all time.

I also love a good, moist slice of cake. Who doesn’t, right?

So imagine my surprise when pinning one night, I found out that you can make rich, light, crumbly cake with melted ice cream! Score!

It sounds a little funny, but with just 3 ingredients (plus some imagination in the flavor department), you can create a rustic masterpiece like this!

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The combinations are truly endless, but I opted to make a Tiramisu version since I’ve been craving a dessert that is just slightly sweet, and pairs well with a steaming hot cup of coffee. The cake texture also reminds me of the ladyfingers used in the best Italian Tiramisu.

Tiramisu Melted Ice Cream Cake
Ingredients
– 1 white cake mix
– 3 eggs
– 1 pint OR 2 cups (coffee) ice cream, melted – use a high quality like Haagen Daz or Ben&Jerry’s for best results

Extra Ingredients used for Tiramisu Version:
– 1 cup dark chocolate, chopped fine
– 1 small container Marscarpone cheese
– 1/4 cup powdered sugar
– High quality cocoa, for dusting

Directions
1. Combine cake mix, eggs, and melted ice cream and mix until combined thoroughly. Fold in 1/2 cup chopped chocolate pieces.
2. Pour into a greased, floured, and parchment lined jelly roll pan (the baking pan that has the 1 inch sides)
3. Bake cake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
4. In a mixing bowl, combine marscarpone and powdered sugar and mix well. Refrigerate until using.
5. Let cake cool completely, then de-pan and cut into 3 equal sections.
6. Top first layer with half of marscarpone mixture. Spread evenly then sprinkle with half of remaining chocolate pieces.
7. Top with another layer of cake and repeat step 6.
8. Top with last layer of cake, then using a fine sieve, dust top with cocoa powder.

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Pour yourself an espresso, black coffee, or cappuccino. Sit on your front porch with a slice or two of your Tiramisu Melted Ice Cream Cake and watch the sun rise.

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What a perfect start to your day, right?!

And I know what you’re thinking….Dessert can totally be breakfast when you’re an adult 😉

If you love tiramisu or starting your morning off with a little something sweet, “like” this post and leave me a comment below with the combo you’re going to try!