Pecan and Pumpkin Halloween Cupcakes

Well hi! It’s Emlyn. Sorry for the two week mini hiatus – time just escaped me!

These cupcakes seem just perfect for a sweet autumn taste, with the pecans and the pumpkin. Yum!

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1 1/2 cups all porpoise flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp all spice
1 1/4 cups superfine sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 lightly beaten eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 cup pumpkin purée
1/2 cup chopped pecans

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place 6 large paper baking cups in a muffin pan.

In a medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients (excluding pecans). In a large bowl, best the oil, eggs and milk. Stir in the pumpkin mixture. Combine the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture, add pecans, and spoon into the cups. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove pans from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Then remove from pans to cool completely.

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So simple but so delicate! :)

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(thanks to 500 Cupcakes by Fergal Connolly)

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Candy Corn Oreo Truffles

Happy Tuesday! It’s Emlyn. Despite the fact it’s still September, I thought I’d break out the first of many Halloween treats!

They just look perfect, am I right?

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(for the truffles)

1 (10.5 ounce) package Candy Corn Oreo Cookies
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
8 ounces Vanilla Candy Melts (see note below)
1.5 teaspoons vegetable shortening

(for the garnish)

orange and yellow candy melts for drizzling
candy corn
festive sprinkles

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1. Using a food processor, crush all of the cookies into fine crumbs. If you don’t have a food processor, you can crush the cookies in a resealable plastic bag using a rolling pin.

2. In a medium bowl, combine cookie crumbs and cream; mix until well blended. Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Roll cookie mixture into 12-15 balls, about 1-inch in diameter. Place the cookie balls onto prepared baking sheet and refrigerate the balls for about 45 minutes or until firm.

3. Melt the candy melts according to package directions. Stir in shortening. The shortening will thin the mixture down a bit. If the chocolate is still too thick, gradually add a bit more until you reach a desired consistency for dipping.

4. Dip balls in the melted candy melts and place back onto the prepared baking sheet. If desired, sprinkle the tops of the candy coated cookies balls with sprinkles, candy corn or drizzle with contrasting colors of melted candy melts.

5. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Store leftover truffles, covered, in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

*Note: I used Wilton Candy Melts. You can purchase them at Walmart, Target, Michael or Amazon

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Yields about 12-15 truffles.

(thank you, x, for everything!)