Jack O' Lantern Buns

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Easy but yummy pumpkin buns that are decorated with either edible pen and/or melted chocolate as Jack O' Lantern. They are filled with cookie butter and/or chocolate.

These pumpkin buns would make great dinner rolls as well when they are not filled with sweets :)

Step 1: Buns

  • 3/4 c lukewarm milk
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3/4 c packed pumpkin purée
  • 1/4 c vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp each cinnamon powder and all spice powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3 1/4 c AP flour
  • pecans, as needed, for pumpkin stems (or pretzels or even chocolate chips)
  • chocolate chips, as needed (for filling - you can use chocolate bars or even chocolate spreads)
  • cookie butter (I got mine from Walmart, but No Frills also has some)

Method

  • Let bloom yeast in sugary milk, 5 mins
  • Heat pumpkin puree for 30 seconds in microwave
  • Mix flour, spices, and salt in a bowl,pour in bloomed yeast, pumpkin puree, cooking oil and vanillaessence, knead
  • Cover dough and let rest for an hour
  • Punch down dough and divide into 10-12 balls
  • Flatten each and fill either with cookie butter or chocolate chips, seam to seal
  • Tie twine on the buns, shaping buns into pumpkin
  • Let rest buns for 15 mins then bake on preheated convection oven 350 F for 18 mins
  • Push in pecan and serve warm or at room temperature

Step 2: Decorating the Buns

  • Once buns are cooled enough to touch, melt some chocolate chips and pour it into piping bag
  • Pipe Jack O' Lantern on buns or for easier, use edible pen such as from Walmart

Enjoy :D

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