Here at Vignette, we love to celebrate major and minor holidays, accomplishments, anniversaries, and any occasion, with appropriate food. And as the baker of the office, I’ve made quite a few seasonal contributions.
When the holiday’s tagline is “Trick or Treat” — we pull out all the stops.
Let’s take a stroll down memory lane at some of our trickiest treats of Octobers past.
This is a classic that’s always welcome. I recommend adding bourbon to the whipped cream for a more sophisticated treat.
Last year, I tried a new take on gingerbread cookies and added icing skeletons. Not only did my kid have the coolest lunchbox treats that day, I was pretty popular at the office.
What else are you going to eat with your pumpkin spice latte? These guys, of course. Pumpkin scones date back to my days as a coffee-house baker in college. Studded with walnuts and currants, they are easily my favorite version of all the scones I ever baked (10 dozen per day, thankyouverymuch).
Pumpkin Macarons & Caramel Apples
Why not make these favorites a little more seasonally rustic with actual twigs for sticks? Just be sure you’ve got the clear from your orthodontist.
Anyone familiar with my baking will have tried my macarons by now. So, pumpkin macarons for Halloween should be no surprise. However, the combination of rich buttercream with flavorful pumpkin butter, sandwiched by chewy, crunchy almond merengue cookies was pretty surprisingly good.
The Great Pumpkin
And finally, my piece-de-resistance, “The Great Pumpkin”. While it looks like the effort should match the level of centerpiece attraction, it’s actually one of the more easily made of my confections – two pumpkin Bundt cakes held together with a layer of cream cheese frosting. Decorate with vines and leaves if you like!
What does this year hold, treatwise? There’s been rumors of pumpkin whoopee-pies or maybe spidercakes, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see!
What are some of your favorite Halloween tricks or treats?
We’d love to hear all about them.
Happy Halloween from Vignette!