Growing up, my mother made lots of cookies and treats as gifts, and then we would plate and deliver them around town to neighbors, friends, the police department, and the fire department. Now, I look forward to doing this with my kids each year.
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Roll
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar (to sprinkle on towel)
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 cup pecans, chopped (optional)
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, real butter is preferred
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease 15 x 10 X 1 inch jelly-roll pan and line with waxed paper. Grease and flour the waxed paper. Lay out and sprinkle a linen towel with powdered sugar.
- Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl. In a separate, larger bowl, beat eggs and sugar with a mixer until thick. Add the pumpkin to the egg and sugar mixture, and then slowly incorporate the flour mixture. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with nuts.
- Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. Immediately loosen and turn cake onto the prepared towel. Carefully peel off the waxed paper. Roll up cake and towel together, starting with narrow end. Cool on a wire rack.
- While the cake is cooling, beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until smooth. Add 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon to the mixture for enhanced flavoring.
- Slowly unroll the cake and carefully remove the towel. Spread the cream cheese mixture in a thin layer over the cake. Slowly re-roll cake. Wrap the cake in aluminum foil and refrigerate for at least one hour. If desired, sprinkle with powdered sugar before slicing and serving.
Think of creative ways to deliver these goodies to friends and family. Wrap in colored plastic wrap and tie with string and a bow. Consider making a gift basket and add a Christmas CD, book or DVD to the lot. Throw in some hot cocoa packets or flavored coffee for a beautiful brunch basket. The more that is added with it, the more creative and personalized the gift becomes. Give it a try. Have fun, but beware, this gift may be so well received, it may become a gift they ask for again and again.
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