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What to Do With Leftover Pumpkin

I have two favorite pumpkin recipes: Creamy Pumpkin Dip and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies with Caramel Icing. The problem is that I always buy the big cans of pumpkin and have leftovers. What's a girl to do with half a can of pumpkin puree? Well, this year I finally got smart and came up with a solution.

I measure out half cup scoops of pumpkin and place them on a cookie sheet. Then I put the cookie sheet in the freezer for an hour or so. By then they are pretty solid.

Then I just put them all in a labeled Ziplock bag and wha-la! Little pumpkin hockey pucks that are pre-measured and ready to defrost next time I need a delicious fall treat.
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  1. You might want to change oven to freezer, as I don't think they will become frozen in the oven!!! :) That is totally something I would do and I know I would like someone to let me know. Hope you are irritated by my pointing it out. lol

  2. Kim-

    Haha. Oops! It really WOULD take a long time for them to freeze in the oven. I made the change. Thanks for pointing it out. And I hope you meant "hope you are NOT irritated." Guess typos happen to all of us. :)

  3. Yep, I did hope that you were not irritated, that's what I get for not rereading my response. :( Pretty funny, have a great day! PS, it is a great tip though because I was wanting to try a pumpkin smoothie and that just takes a tiny bit of pumpkin and wasn't sure what to do with the rest becuase I hate wasting anything! Kim

  4. Geez! Why didn't I think of that? Thanks for the great idea!

    Maybe you/readers will be interested in the pumpkin snickerdoodle recipe I just posted:

    or my pumpkin bread recipe:

    Tis the season! :)

  5. HEAD tap ... why didn't I ever think about that! LOL

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. Great idea! Another good way to use pumpkin is to stir it in to oatmeal at the end of the cooking time just to heat it through. A sprinkle of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice makes it even more wonderful!

  7. Leftover pumpkin... Hmm. Is that like leftover wine? Not sure I've ever seen any... Lol. Kidding! This is a great idea!

  8. This is a great idea. I do this with tomato paste but never thought to do it with pumpkin as well.


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