Pumpkin Manju Sweets

pumpkin sweets

Sweets | October 9, 2017 | By

It’s pumpkin time peeps! Who doesn’t love pumpkin everything? Here’s an awesome Asian treat using pumpkin puree as the sweet filling. These popular Japanese manju treats are usually filled with sweet red or green bean paste and are available at most Asian bakeries. This seasonal version is just as delish but filled with the goodness of sweet pumpkin and sweet potatoes. They taste like mini pumpkin pies! We like to get organic pumpkin puree at TJ’s of course! The pastry itself is super easy to make (like sugar cookie dough), and forming these beauties is simple. Don’t forget to brush with the egg wash when you bake these so they shine, shine, shine!

pumpkin sweets 

Gorgeous golden brown Pumpkin Manju Sweets are the perfect bite for a light after-dinner treat.

This made-from-scratch sugar cookie dough is so simple to make. But feel free to “cheat” and pick up some cookie dough at your grocery store!

pumpkin cookiesThese sweets are so easy to assemble. Flatten out the dough on a floured surface. Place about a teaspoon of the filling in the middle and wrap the dough around it. Flip it over and press your thumb into the middle adding a few pine nuts. Make small slits around the dough and brush with the egg wash for a golden finish.

pumpkin cookiesGorgeous pumpkin filled dough makes these taste like mini pumpkin pies!

pumpkin pureePick up a few cans of Trader Joe’s organic pumpkin puree for the manju filling.

pumpkin manju sweetsJust one bite will make you dive right in! Go for it! These are worth the extra calories!

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Pumpkin Manju Sweets
 
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Serves: 24-26
Ingredients
  • 1 cups white sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened (1 stick)
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 large cooked sweet potato, flesh only (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1 beaten egg for egg wash
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper on top. In a mixer, beat sugar and butter together until creamy and smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time until smooth. Add vanilla extract and beat well.
  2. Sift together flour and baking powder in a large bowl. Gradually add flour mixture into butter mixture, mixing well after each addition, until dough is smooth.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mash the sweet potato, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and powdered sugar together until well combined and smooth. Set aside.
  4. To make cookies: Generously flour your hands and working surface. Make walnut-size balls from the dough and press into 4-inch circles, making circles thicker in the center and thinner on the edges. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the filling into the center of each dough circle. Gather the edges together and pinch dough around the filling until sealed. Place dough ball, pinched-side down, on the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Using your thumb make an imprint into the center of each dough ball. Place 4-5 pine nuts into each imprint. Use a knife to create thin slits around the tops of the ball to create a pumpkin look. Brush dough balls with egg wash.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until tops are lightly golden brown, about 15-17 minutes.

If you liked this recipe, try our Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes

matcha green tea cupcakes

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Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes

matcha green tea cupcakes

Sweets | May 16, 2017 | By

Boost your antioxidant levels with these drool-worthy matcha green tea cupcakes!  They are as beautiful as they are delicious!  You can feel good about eating these yummy sweets because matcha powder is also a natural energy booster, so you’ll be sprinting to the gym after indulging! If you’re not a fan of making desserts from scratch, just cheat (no one will know!) and use boxed white cake mix instead. Your green tea cupcakes will be fluffy and flavorful.  Either way, these cupcakes will make your guests green with envy!

matcha green tea powderMatcha green tea powder is the secret ingredient in these delectable cupcakes!

Fluffy matcha green tea cupcakes can be made from scratch or with boxed cake mix!

matcha green tea cupcakes

Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 2 dozen
Ingredients
  • For the cake:
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ tablespoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons matcha powder
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, plus 2 tablespoons (room temperature)
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk, slightly beaten
  • ⅔ cup skim milk
  • For the frosting:
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons matcha powder
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half or milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place cupcake liners into cupcake pans. In a small bowl combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, and matcha powder. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and continue to mix until fully incorporated. Slowly add in the dry ingredients in three batches until fully mixed, adding in the milk last.
  3. Fill the cupcake liners ¾ full and bake for 18 to 20 minutes until a toothpick tester comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes on a wire rack.
  4. CHEAT: You can use boxed white cake mix for this recipe as well, adding the matcha powder to the mixture.
  5. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl and electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the butter on medium until light and fluffy. Add the cream cheese and incorporate well until smooth. Add in 2 cups of powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing until well blended. Add in the vanilla, matcha powder, and remaining 2 cups of powdered sugar, one cup at a time. Frosting should be thick and smooth.
  6. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes and decorate with sprinkles if desired.
Notes
Matcha green tea powder can be found at select gourmet grocery stores and at most Asian markets.

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