Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Cozy up this fall with a bowl of creamy pumpkin pasta. Cooked pasta is layered in a casserole dish with a béchamel sauce, pumpkin butter ricotta cheese, and shredded Italian cheeses. It’s then baked in the oven and topped with fried sage leaves, crunchy bits of pancetta, and buttered cracker crumbs creating the most delicious, comforting fall meal.

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Fall is all about coziness and comfort food. When I think of fall comfort food, two things come to mind…pumpkin and pasta! There is nothing more filling and comforting than a big bowl of hearty pasta. Add in some pumpkin and you have an amazing fall meal that the whole family will devour!

Typically, most people associate pumpkin flavors with sweet fall treats or desserts (check out my 3 ingredient pumpkin muffins). But pumpkin is also yummy and delicious in savory dishes too. The funny thing about this recipe I created? I used a jar of of sweet spiced pumpkin butter to create the savory pumpkin ricotta cheese mixture for our creamy pumpkin pasta. (We’ll talk more about this in a minute!)

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

This recipe is easy enough to make on a busy weeknight for dinner but also decadent enough to be served as a side dish next to the Thanksgiving turkey. Either way, give this comforting fall dish a try, your family is going to love it!

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Ingredients

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Ingredients

  • Short cut pasta: I used Eliconi pasta which is essentially just a larger rotini shaped pasta.
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Flour
  • Spiced pumpkin butter: A can of pumpkin puree could be used in place of pumpkin butter.
  • Chicken broth: Vegetable broth could be used for an all vegetarian dish.
  • Milk: Light cream or half & half could be substituted for a richer sauce.
  • Shredded Italian cheeses: I used a bag of shredded provolone, asiago, parmesan, & fontina cheese.
  • Ricotta cheese: I like whole milk ricotta for this recipe.
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Eliconi Pasta

For the Pasta Topping:

  • Sage leaves
  • Diced pancetta
  • Crushed, buttered saltine crackers: To make this cracker topping, combine about 1/4 cup melted butter with 1 cup crushed saltine crackers. Mix together until crackers are coated in buttery goodness.
  • Shredded Italian cheeses (same as above)
Toppings for Pumpkin Pasta Bake

What is spiced pumpkin butter?

Pumpkin butter is a fall fruit spread. Did you know pumpkin is actually a fruit?! I did not until recently! Pumpkin butter is made from pumpkin puree with the addition of warm & sweet spices (ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, etc.) along with a sweetener such as brown sugar or honey. 

It tastes similar to pumpkin pie and can be used as a spread on toast, crackers, biscuits, ice cream, or just about anything you can think of.

I decided to use pumpkin butter in a more savory way by adding it to our creamy pumpkin pasta. Pumpkin butter is sweet, however when you combine it with the right savory ingredients, the balance of sweet and saltiness is absolutely delicious.

Pumpkin Pasta

How to Make Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Begin by cooking your short cut pasta in salted water according to package directions. Drain.

While the pasta cooks, add olive oil to a frying pan and cook the diced pancetta. Once the pancetta is crispy and brown, remove from pan with a slotted spoon (keep as much of the fat renderings in the pan as possible) and place on a plate lined with paper towels.

In the olive oil/pancetta renderings, add a handful of sage leaves and fry until crispy (this only takes a minute or so). Once crispy, place the sage leaves on the paper toweled line plate along with the pancetta.

Add flour to the oil and stir to combine. Cook roux for about 1 minute. Slowly pour chicken broth and milk into the roux, whisking as you pour to prevent lumps of flour. Cook on medium heat, whisking occasionally, until sauce bubbles and begins to thicken to create the béchamel sauce. Remove béchamel sauce from heat once thickened.

Pumpkin Ricotta Cheese

In a mixing bowl, combine spiced pumpkin butter, ricotta cheese, Italian cheeses, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.

Pumpkin Ricotta Cheese

Assembling Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Begin by evenly spreading a 1/3 of the béchamel sauce to the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish (these are some of my favorite baking dishes).

Place 1/3 of the cooked pasta in an even layer on top of the béchamel. Then evenly spread 1/3 of the pumpkin ricotta mixture on the pasta, with 1/3 of the shredded Italian cheeses on top of that.

Continue layering the béchamel sauce, pasta, pumpkin ricotta, and cheeses in 1/3’s. Finish the top of the pumpkin pasta casserole with shredded cheese.

Bake creamy pumpkin pasta in a preheated 375 degree oven for about 20-30 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and top & corners are browned.

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Serving Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Allow casserole to cool for about 10 minutes. Garnish top of pasta casserole with a few fried sage leaves.

Serve creamy pumpkin pasta in a bowl (a bowl gives more room for hearty helpings!) then top with a dollop of pumpkin butter, pancetta crumbles, crushed crackers, shredded Italian cheese, and a couple of fried sage leaves for garnish.

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Enjoy the comforting pumpkin pasta goodness. You will definitely go back for seconds!

Pumpkin Pasta

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Pro Tips

  • Cook the pasta to al dente. The pasta will continue cooking in the oven.
  • Other short cut pastas that would work well in this dish; farfalle, ziti, rigatoni, cavatappi, or penne.
  • Take the help from the store and buy pancetta that is already diced.
  • Frying the pancetta and the sage leaves first, will add depth of flavor to the béchamel sauce.
  • Taste the spiced pumpkin butter before adding to the ricotta cheese. The pumpkin butter I used was not overly sweet. If your pumpkin butter is super sweet you may want to use less in this recipe.
  • Add chopped cooked chicken breast or turkey breast to this dish for added protein.
  • Pumpkin seeds or chopped walnuts would be a great crunchy topping too!
Comforting Fall Dinner

Storing Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Leftovers

Store leftover pasta in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Fall Dinner

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Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

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Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Course: DinnerCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Medium
Servings

6

servings
Prep Time

30

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Calories

461

kcal
Total time

1

hour 

Cozy up this fall with a bowl of creamy pumpkin pasta. Cooked pasta is layered in a casserole dish with a béchamel sauce, pumpkin butter ricotta cheese, and shredded Italian cheeses. It’s then baked in the oven and topped with fried sage leaves, crunchy bits of pancetta, and buttered cracker crumbs creating the most delicious, comforting fall meal.

Ingredients

  • 17.6 oz. package Eliconi Pasta

  • 1 tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil

  • 3 tbsp. Flour

  • 1 cup 1% Milk

  • 1 cup Chicken broth

  • 1 cup Spiced pumpkin butter

  • 1 cup Whole milk ricotta cheese

  • 2 cups Shredded Italian cheeses (provolone, asiago, parmesan, & fontina)

  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)

  • Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Topping
  • 1 cup diced Pancetta

  • 1 cup Buttered & crushed saltine crackers

  • 1/4 cup shredded Italian cheese

  • Handful sage leaves

  • 1/4 cup Spiced pumpkin butter

Directions

  • Cook the pasta in salted water according to the package directions. Drain.
  • Add olive oil to a frying pan and cook the diced pancetta. Once the pancetta is crispy and brown, remove from pan with a slotted spoon (keep as much of the fat renderings in the pan as possible) and place on a plate lined with paper towels.
  • In the olive oil/pancetta renderings, add a handful of sage leaves and fry until crispy (this only takes a minute or so). Once crispy, place the sage leaves on the paper toweled line plate with the pancetta.
  • Add flour to the oil and stir to combine. Cook roux for about 1 minute. Slowly pour chicken broth and milk into the roux, whisking as you pour to prevent lumps of flour. Cook on medium heat, whisking occasionally, until sauce bubbles and begins to thicken to create the béchamel sauce. Remove sauce from heat once thickened.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine spiced pumpkin butter, ricotta cheese, Italian cheeses, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Evenly spread about 1/3 of the béchamel sauce to the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Place 1/3 of the cooked pasta in an even layer on top of the béchamel. Then evenly spread 1/3 of the pumpkin ricotta mixture on the pasta, with 1/3 of the shredded Italian cheeses on top of that.
  • Continue layering the béchamel sauce, pasta, pumpkin ricotta, and cheeses in 1/3’s. Finish the top of the pumpkin pasta with shredded cheese.
  • Bake creamy pumpkin pasta in oven for about 20-30 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and top & corners are browned.
  • Allow dish to cool for about 10 minutes. Garnish top of pasta casserole with a few fried sage leaves.
  • Serve creamy pumpkin pasta in a bowl (a bowl gives more room for hearty helpings!) then top with a dollop of pumpkin butter, pancetta crumbles, crushed crackers, shredded Italian cheese, and a couple of fried sage leaves for garnish.
  • Enjoy the comforting pumpkin pasta goodness!

Notes

  • Cook the pasta to al dente. The pasta will continue cooking in the oven.
  • Other short cut pastas that would work well in this dish; farfalle, ziti, rigatoni, cavatappi, or penne.
  • Take the help from the store and buy pancetta that is already diced.
  • Frying the pancetta and the sage leaves first, will add depths of flavor to the béchamel sauce.
  • Taste the spiced pumpkin butter before adding to the ricotta cheese. The pumpkin butter I used was not overly sweet. If your pumpkin butter is very sweet you may want to use less in this recipe.
  • Add chopped cooked chicken breast or turkey breast to this dish for added protein.
  • Pumpkin seeds or chopped walnuts would be a great crunchy topping too!

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Dining Table Decoration Ideas

Dining Table Decoration Ideas for Thanksgiving

Create a beautiful table this fall or Thanksgiving with these dining table decoration ideas utilizing pumpkins, flowers, and magnolia leaves.

Dining Table Decoration Ideas

Happy November! To welcome the start of one of my favorite months of the year and one of my favorite holidays, hello Thanksgiving (eeekkk I am so excited!), I thought I would share simple dining table decoration ideas to create a beautiful fall tablescape.

Now in full transparency, I actually had a different idea for this November 1st blog post. My original plan was to share how to make pumpkin candle holders with small white pumpkins. I had the whole blog post laid out and how I was going to stage & photograph the adorable pumpkin candle holders I had pictured in my mind.

Dining Table Decoration Ideas

Let’s just say my idea did not go as planned! When Dave broke out the power tools and pumpkin started flying all over my kitchen, I thought…there is no way I am going to share and recommend making pumpkin candle holders to my readers!

So, I had to turn to plan B. Dining table decoration ideas using pumpkins, gourds, flowers, magnolia leaves, and the now infamous pumpkin candle holders.

Dining Table Decoration Ideas

In all honesty, I am kind of glad my original blog post idea didn’t work out. I love how these fall dining table decoration ideas came together! The resulting tablescape is simple, natural, colorful, and elegant…perfect for entertaining Thanksgiving guests!

Fall Tablescape

Dining Table Decoration Ideas: #1 Linens

Table linens are the base for setting your dining table. It’s the first piece that is added to the table and sets the tone for the entire tablescape.

Fall Tablescape Linens

For this fall tablescape, I added a white cotton tablecloth and then layered a cotton mustard colored gingham table throw (the table throw is no longer available, but this tablecloth has the same gingham pattern) over top.

I always love to layer linens when I can for depth and texture!

Fall Tablescape

These other table linen options would be a beautiful base for a fall tablescape:

Dining Table Decoration Ideas: #2 Flower Centerpiece

Flowers are always a great option for dining table décor. They add beauty and freshness to any table in any season.

Fall Flowers

I like to keep my dining table flower arrangements at a lower height so that guests are able to easily see and speak to one another across the table.

I started this colorful flower arrangement with a small copper pot, then filled it with burgundy & pink flowers along with magnolia leaves & pine boughs.

Dining Table Centerpiece

Here is exactly what I used for materials to create this flower centerpiece. All plant material was purchased at our local Trader Joe’s.

  • Small vintage copper pot
  • 2 bunches of burgundy dahlias
  • 1 bunch of pink mums
  • 1 bunch of small burgundy mums
  • 1 bunch of a seeded fall filler
  • 1 bunch pine boughs
  • 1 bunch magnolia leaves
Fall Dining Table

I also sprinkled the magnolia leaves around the center of the table for a pop of color and texture.

Dining Table Decoration Ideas

Dining Table Decorations Ideas: #3 Pumpkins & Gourds

Pumpkins and gourds are a wonderful, natural, seasonal element to utilize in fall tablescapes!

Pumpkins & Flowers

I placed several pumpkins & gourds in varying sizes down the center of our fall table. For this colorful tablescape, I used pumpkins & gourds in shades of pale orange, which I thought looked pretty with the copper pot holding the flower arrangement.

Among the larger pale orange pumpkins & gourds, I layered in smaller white pumpkins around the center of the table.

Pumpkin Centerpiece

Pro Tip: Wait to purchase your pumpkins/gourds until about 2 weeks before Halloween. Grocery stores and farmer’s markets will discount the pumpkins/gourds to move their stock out the door before the holiday.

Pumpkin Fall Tablescape

Dining Table Decorations Ideas: #4 Pumpkin Candle Holders

I know…I said at the beginning of the post how these pumpkin candle holders did not go as planned! And that is very true!!!

Dining Table Decoration Ideas

However, once we did a little trial and error, I think Dave figured out how to successfully make these. That doesn’t mean these were necessarily easy to make or that pumpkin didn’t continue to fly throughout our kitchen. So, take it from me, if you are going to make these…do it outdoors and have a few extra pumpkins on hand in case one or two don’t go as planned!

I do think in the end, these pumpkin candle holders came out very cute! You could also simply use candlestick holders instead of the pumpkin candle holders for lighting and ambiance on your dining table.

Pumpkin Candle Holders

Pumpkin Candle Holder Supplies

  • Real mini white pumpkins (Any color small pumpkins will do.)
  • Sharp utility knife
  • Drill bit (The bit should be the size of the base of taper candle you will place in your pumpkin candle holder.)
  • Taper candles
Pumpkin Candle Holders

How to Make Pumpkin Candle Holders

Take a small white pumpkin and with a sharp utility knife, begin placing small cuts where the stem meets the pumpkin. Continue doing this all the way around the stem to loosen it from the the pumpkin. Once the stem is loose, pull it from the pumpkin. The entire stem should release in one piece.

Next, with a drill bit (the size of the base of the taper candle) drill straight into the hole where the stem was located. Drill about 1/2″ down, or down enough until you hit the center of the pumpkin. Be careful not to drill too far or through the other end of the pumpkin.

Place the candle inside the hole of the pumpkin, and you have the cutest pumpkin candle holder!

Pumpkin Candleholders

Pro tip: The easiest and cleanest way to make these pumpkin candle holders is by removing the entire stem before drilling. We did not do this at first, which resulted in the holes being off center and very messy.

Pro tip: Do this outside! Pieces of pumpkin will fly everywhere when drilling into the pumpkin.

Dining Table Decoration Ideas

More Dining Table Decoration Ideas

Here are a few other dining table decoration ideas that would be beautiful for fall or Thanksgiving.

I created this fall tablescape with neutral pieces along with accents of dried orange slices.

Fall Entertaining

An heirloom pumpkin centerpiece would look gorgeous in the middle of a Thanksgiving table.

Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece

I love this Thanksgiving tablescape I created last year which included a beautiful handwritten table runner.

Thanksgiving Tablescape

This holiday table was the perfect combination of Thanksgiving and the holidays with the use of pomegranates, pine boughs, and eucalyptus.

Holiday Tablescape

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Fall Entryway Décor

Fall Entryway Décor: 5 Cozy Essentials

Welcome family & friends home with cozy, neutral, fall entryway décor essentials with a little help from my friends at Birch Lane.

Fall Entryway Décor
This post is sponsored by Birch Lane.
All thoughts, ideas, and opinions are 100% my own.

The entryway is one of the most important spaces in any home. It’s the first space guests see when they enter your home, and it’s the last thing you’ll see when leaving for the day. Entryway’s should be functional & practical but also warm & welcoming just like any other part of the home.

Fall Entrance

With Thanksgiving less than a month away, I am teaming up with Birch Lane to show you how to create a cozy, neutral fall entryway to welcome your guests home for the holidays. It doesn’t matter how big or small your entryway is (ours is tiny!). All you need are a few cozy essentials to express big hospitality in a small space.

Fall Entryway Décor

For this blog post, I wanted to share with you a side entrance to our home that leads into our kitchen. It’s a small space and one I don’t share very often. However, I thought it would be fun to share with you that even a small side entrance can be a beautiful & functional space too.

Here are 5 cozy, fall entryway décor essentials to consider when welcoming guests to your home, big or small, this fall and Thanksgiving.

Fall Décor

Fall Entryway Décor: Doormats

A door mat is not just for wiping dirty shoes and feet. It’s also a great way to dress up the entrance of a home. A door mat should be practical and stylish; matching the aesthetic of your home.

Fall Entryway Décor

I added this cozy farmhouse style 2’x3′ black & white plaid indoor/outdoor doormat to the side entrance of our home. The plaid black & white pattern of this rug worked well with the white mum, orange pumpkins, and green gourds we already had on our porch.

I also loved the versatility of this doormat. This doormat can be used on either the inside or the outside of an entryway and can also be layered underneath another doormat. I love products that are not only beautiful but multi-functional too!

Fall Entryway Décor

A Couple of Things to Consider When Shopping for Doormats

  • Consider where the doormat will be used. Is the mat you’re shopping for made for inside or outdoor use, or both?
  • Check the size. Doormats come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s important to find a mat that fits the size of your door and space.
  • Layer the doormats. I like to do this at our front entrance, because it has the most foot traffic into our home. Place a washable patterned mat down, and then layer a natural coir doormat on top. The coir mat removes dirt & debris while the washable mat soaks up moisture.
Fall Entryway

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Black & White Plaid Doormat
Fall Entryway Décor
Fall Entryway Décor
Black & White Stripped Rug
Striped Doormat

Fall Entryway Décor: Wreaths

Hanging a seasonal wreath on the front door instantly makes a home feel welcoming & inviting and adds the perfect festive touch.

Fall Wreath

A wreath is a fun way to accessorize the outside of your home either for the season or the holidays. It gives your home personality as well as a pop of color.

I love to change the wreaths on our outside doors seasonally; it’s a fun & relatively inexpensive way to change up the outside of our home.

Fall Entryway Décor

Make the store bought wreath special by adding ribbon. (This is the ribbon I added to our fall wreath.) Use ribbon as a way to hang to your wreath from the door or by simply tying a bow to the wreath. There are thousands of different ribbons to choose from and hundreds of different ways to add ribbon to a wreath. Have fun selecting and adding ribbon!

Fall Entryway Wreath

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Fall Wreath
Faux Olive Silk Wreath
Fall Wreath
Bittersweet Wreath
Faux Willow Wreath

Pro Tip: Make sure when shopping for a wreath that will hang on the outside of your front door, that the wreath is weather resistant. Good quality, weather resistant wreaths can be used and repurposed for many years.

Fall Entryway Décor

Fall Entryway Décor: Baskets

Entryways are notorious for collecting clutter (well in our house anyways)!

Fall Entryway Style

Baskets offer a creative solution to declutter while adding storage to the entryway of a home. Baskets in an entryway can used to hold shoes, hats, mail, dog accessories, keys, winter apparel, or even firewood. So versatile, right?!

Basket of Wood
Basket of Wood

Baskets can be placed anywhere in an entryway from hanging from hooks, to tucked under benches, or even hung on walls.

I love how this handled seagrass basket full of firewood looks sitting next to the door. We are ready to stay cozy by the fire all fall & winter long!

Fall Basket of Wood

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Fall Entryway Décor
Farmhouse Baskets
Fall Entryway Décor
Set of 3 Baskets
Low Baskets

Fall Entryway Décor: Seating

Have a spot in your entryway for guests to be able to sit down to remove or put on their shoes and jackets.

Fall Entrance to Our Home

Both of the entrances in our home are tiny, so having a spot in the entryway for someone to sit is challenging. However, this stool is the perfect option for our small space. This accent stool is not so big that it takes up the entire entryway and it’s not too small for someone to plop their bones coming in from the outside.

Accent Stool Seating

I love the natural wood tone and style of this stool. Spindled legs just get me every time! It fits our cozy cottage farmhouse décor perfectly. This stool looks so cute with a few pumpkins stacked on top too!

Fall Entrance

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Accent Stool
Accent Stool
Fall Entryway Décor
Accent Stool
Fall Entryway Décor

Fall Entryway Décor: Artwork

The entryway sets the tone of your home and reflects your taste & personality. Adding artwork to your entryway tells guests who you are and what you love.

Just like the rest of your home, art adds depth and texture to your walls, so don’t neglect the wall space in your entryway!

Autumn Entryway

We added this vintage inspired landscape print to our entryway. I loved the cozy, country scene and the dark frame really made the artwork pop against the light neutral wallpaper.

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Vintage Landscape
Gallery Prints
Vintage Artwork
Fall Entryway Décor
Lemon Artwork

More Cozy Fall Entryway Décor From Birch Lane

Here are a few more neutral fall décor ideas that you could use to create the coziest entryway.

Cozy Throw Blanket
Cozy Blanket
Floor Lantern
Beeswax Candles
Cozy Throw Pillow

Don’t forget to check out the fall & Thanksgiving décor at Birch Lane! They offer everything you need to create a cozy home from furniture, rugs, lighting, to what I’ve got on my eyes on…holiday décor!

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Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece

Thanksgiving Décor Ideas to Create the Coziest Holiday

Create lasting memories for your family with these 15 unique Thanksgiving décor ideas for a beautiful, cozy home for the holidays.

Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year. It’s a time to reflect on all we have to be thankful for, gather with family, and maybe the most important part…eating delicious food!

It’s a holiday where there is no pressure of gifts, it’s just simply a time to gather with those we love, and enjoy each other’s company.

Fall Flowers

And so, as we begin planning for the upcoming holiday, I thought I would share Thanksgiving décor ideas from around the web. To show you how to easily create a cozy, memorable Thanksgiving in your home with centerpiece & tablescape ideas, hosting tips, and maybe some new Thanksgiving traditions to try as well.

Thanksgiving Décor Ideas

What is better than sharing Thanksgiving décor ideas?! Doing it with friends! My friend Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse is hosting this Thanksgiving round up with some of my favorite bloggers. I am so thankful to be included in such a talented group!

Pumpkin Centerpiece

Welcome to Eleanor Rose Home

If this is your first time stopping by Eleanor Rose Home, welcome! I’m Heidi the creative mind behind ERH. I love all things cozy and strive to make our home as cozy as possible, especially during the holidays!

Samia Family

This photo of our family was taken last Thanksgiving (2021). Everyone looks a little older now, William is about a foot taller, and Dave and I have a few more gray hairs!

Eleanor Roosevelt

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Thanksgiving Décor Ideas: Centerpieces

Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece

Thanksgiving Décor Ideas

I shared this heirloom pumpkin centerpiece a few weeks ago on the blog and I think it might be one of my favorite centerpieces ever! This would make the most beautiful centerpiece on a Thanksgiving table or in the center of a buffet.

Your guests will think this centerpiece took you hours to create, but takes only minutes! For the tutorial on how to create your own pumpkin centerpiece for Thanksgiving and everything you need, click here.

DIY & Vintage Centerpiece

Rachel ~ The Ponds Farmhouse

The Ponds Farmhouse

This fall centerpiece is perfect a Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving dining table. Rachel used a combination of DIY and vintage pieces for a unique table arrangement.

Artichoke & Magnolia Centerpiece

Jen ~ Midwest Life & Style

Artichoke & Magnolia Centerpiece

Wow your family and friends with a simple and beautiful DIY artichoke and magnolia centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.

Simple Rustic Thanksgiving Centerpiece

AnnMarie & Anne ~ Simply 2 Moms

Simple Rustic Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Create a simple rustic centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table this year. Pretty neutral style can be used for the entire autumn season.

DIY Thanksgiving Cornucopia

Wendy ~ WM Designhouse

Cornucopia

Decorate a Thanksgiving table with a homemade cornucopia. Use chicken wire and rope, and then fill it with pumpkins, gourds, feathers, and flowers.

It’s a beautiful and festive decoration that will get anyone in the Thanksgiving spirit.

Dried Wheat Centerpiece

Jennifer ~ Cottage on Bunkerhill

Thanksgiving Décor Ideas

Do you love the look of dried wheat? I do too! I love the natural color…it’s so pretty. Jennifer created an interesting way to use dried wheat in her fall decorating.

Thanksgiving Décor Ideas: Tablescapes

How to Create a Beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescape

Robyn ~ Robyn’s French Nest

Thanksgiving Décor Ideas

Robyn shares tips for hosting a large gathering with budget-friendly Thanksgiving table elements. At the same time, learn what pieces you can pull together from around your home, and how to best layer them. Then, you can easily create a thoughtful and beautiful tablescape this Thanksgiving.

Simple Thanksgiving Fall Table

Ann ~ Dabbling & Decorating

Thanksgiving Décor Ideas

A simple thanksgiving table that can be put together with new and vintage pieces. I love the brown transferware dishes Ann added to her Thanksgiving table.

Thanksgiving Dining Room With Copper Accents

Cindy ~ DIY Beautify

Thanksgiving Décor Ideas

Easy tips to set a memorable Thanksgiving table with printable place setting cards that can double as a gratitude garland!

The Perfect Table for a Thanksgiving Feast

Renae ~ Peacock Ridge Farm

Thanksgiving Table

If you’re not sure how to create the perfect table for your Thanksgiving celebration, don’t worry! Renae shares her tips on how to decorate your table for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Mary ~ Life at Bella Terra

Thanksgiving Décor Ideas

This post is full of ideas on your Thanksgiving table from space planning, table design, setup, place settings and unique centerpieces.

Boho Cottage Fall Tablescape

Jen ~ Tatertots and Jello

Thanksgiving Décor Ideas

Create a warm and inviting Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving table by making a DIY table runner, pillows, and a beautiful footed bowl centerpiece filled with textured, fabric-covered pumpkins and leaves.

Simple Fall Table & Affordable Serving Pieces

Karianne ~ Thistlewood Farms

Thanksgiving Décor Ideas

Simple ideas for a Friendsgiving tablescape. Why not add a little blue and white with your pumpkins? Lots of easy ideas to make your holiday celebrations just a little easier this season.

How to Host the Best Thanksgiving

Stacy ~ Bricks ‘n Blooms

Thanksgiving Décor Ideas

Looking for ways to organize yourself to host Thanksgiving? Here are 9 simple tips to hosting the best Thanksgiving dinner ever.

Not hosting this year? Check out Stacy’s Thanksgiving hostess gift ideas.

New Thanksgiving Traditions

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Thanksgiving Traditions

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Brown Butter Snickerdoodle

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles: A Friendsgiving Party Favor

Brown butter snickerdoodles are the perfect cookies to give as party favors at your next Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving get together with their warm cinnamon flavor & chewy texture.

Friendsgiving Party Favor

Snickerdoodles were one those cookies that my mom would have in her homemade Christmas cookie assortment every year. They were delicious with their soft & chewy sugar cookie type texture, warm cinnamon flavor, and a little tang from the cream of tarter. It was one of the first cookies we would devour because they were so good!

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

I decided to put a twist on the traditional snickerdoodle cookie and make a brown butter snickerdoodle for Friendsgiving & Thanksgiving. Doesn’t that sound delicious?! This cookie has all the same flavor components as the ones my mom used to make, however these cookies are decadent and rich with the caramelly, nutty flavor of the brown butter. I thought these warm, cinnamon, nutty flavored cookies would make the perfect Friendsgiving party favor or Thanksgiving dessert option!

Let’s bake some cookies and I’ll show you how to give them as Friendsgiving party favors too!

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles
Friendsgiving Party Favor

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For this blog post, I am joining 11 other bloggers to bring you ideas and inspiration that you can use for Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving. Continue reading to the end of this post for links to more Friendsgiving blog posts…there are a ton of great ideas!

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If you are coming here from Tatertots & Jello, welcome! Jen always shares the cutest ideas from DIY’s, seasonal décor, recipes, and so much more. I love the Friendsgiving leftover printables she shared in today’s blog hop!

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Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

Here are few reasons to love brown butter snickerdoodles and why they should be added to your cookie baking lineup.

  • Easy to Make: These cookies are extremely easy to make! No mixer is required, which means the kiddos can easily help with this.
  • Brown Butter: The star of this cookie, brown butter! It takes snickerdoodles to another level with a deep, nutty flavor that is rich and decadent.
  • No Chill Recipe: The snickerdoodle cookie dough does not need to be chilled before baking. Which means the cookies are ready for eating sooner!
  • Cinnamon Sugar: These cookies are rolled in cinnamon sugar giving them that classic snickerdoodle taste.
Brown Butter Snickerdoodle

Ingredients for Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 1 ½ cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs

Cinnamon Sugar

  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

How to Make Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

First, melt butter in a large pan over medium-low heat. Once the butter is melted, keep stirring until the milk solids separate and brown. The rest of the butter will turn a light brown in color (you will also smell the delicious nutty flavor).

Browned Butter

Pour the butter into a mixing bowl and let cool for at least 15 minutes before mixing cookie dough.

While the butter cools, mix the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. In another small bowl, mix together the 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Set that aside to use later.

Once the butter has fully cooled, mix the browned butter and white sugar together using a rubber spatula in a large bowl. Then, whisk in the vanilla extract and the eggs into the butter mixture. Mix until well combined.

Snickerdoodle Wet Ingredients

Carefully fold the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Mix until well combined.

With a scoop, scoop out cookie dough and form into balls. My cookie dough balls were about 1/2″ in diameter.

Roll the cookies in the cinnamon sugar mixture you made earlier.

Place cookie dough balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Cookie Dough Balls

Bake cookies in a preheated 375 degree oven for 7 minutes on lower shelf, and 7 minutes on top shelf. Cookies should have lightly browned edges.

Immediately remove cookies from baking sheet and allow to cool on a cooling rack.

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

Baking Tips

  • Butter: I prefer baking with salted butter. However, you can make this recipe with unsalted butter. Just make sure to add 1 teaspoon of salt to the ingredients.
  • Brown Butter: Allow the brown butter to fully cool before mixing cookie dough. Also, you can make this recipe without browning the butter. Just use 1 cup of butter instead.
  • Flour: When measuring flour, make sure to scoop and level. Do not scoop directly into the flour, this will compact the flour leading to the use of more flour than the recipe calls for.
Friendsgiving Party Favor

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles Friendsgiving Party Favor

Once the snickerdoodles are completely cooled, you can begin the fun part of assembling your Friendsgiving party favors!

What You will Need for the Party Favors

  • Cookie bags
  • Ribbon
  • Thank you tags (downloadable copy below)
  • Scissors
  • Brown butter snickerdoodle cookies
Friendsgiving Party Favor Supplies

How to Assemble Friendsgiving Party Favors

To start, you will need to decide how many cookies you will be adding to each favor and how many party favors you need based on the number of guests. (This snickerdoodle recipe yields about 36 cookies.)

Place the desired amount of cookies into each party favor bag. I added four cookies to our favors, for some reason it felt like the right amount!

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

Tie a ribbon into a knot to seal the cookie bag. I used this small satin ribbon, but you can use any ribbon you like. Make sure to the tie the knot tightly and close to the cookie at the top of the bag. This will ensure there isn’t too much air in the bag which will keep the cookies fresher, longer.

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles Party Favor

After tying a tight knot, add the thank you tag. I created a cute “Thank you for being a sweet friend!” tag that is perfect for Friendsgiving! You can download or print the thank you tags I created here:

Friendsgiving Thank you Tag: Vertical

Friendsgiving Thank you Tag: Horizontal

Friendsgiving Gift Tags

Tie a bow with the ribbon to hold the thank you tag in place, trim the end of the ribbon, and your Friendsgiving party favor is complete!

Friendsgiving Party Favors

These are the cutest, coziest favors to gift your guests this Friendsgiving. Who doesn’t love delicious, fresh baked cookies?!

How to Store Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

If you do not plan on giving your snickerdoodle party favors out within a day or so, I recommend freezing them. This will keep the cookies fresher longer. Simply remove the cookie party favors from the freezer a few hours before your guests arrive to allow the cookies to defrost.

If you are not using these cookies as party favors, place the snickerdoodles in an airtight container and store in a cool dry place. Cookies will last up to 5 days.

To freeze, place cookies in an airtight container and freeze for up to 60 days. Allow cookies to thaw before enjoying.

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

More Friendsgiving Inspiration

Now that you have your Friendsgiving party favor or dessert ready to go with these brown butter snickerdoodles, head over to LeCultivateur.

Emily is sharing Friendsgiving table ideas, that are absolutely beautiful!

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Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

36

cookies
Prep Time

15

minutes
Cooking Time

14

minutes
Calories

156

kcal
Total Time

29

minutes

These brown butter snickerdoodles are an easy to make, no chill recipe. The brown butter adds a decadent, rich nutty flavor to these cookies. While the cinnamon sugar gives these snickerdoodles their warm, classic taste.

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1 ½ teaspoons cream of tartar

  • 1 cup salted butter

  • 1 ½ cups white granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 large eggs

  • Cinnamon Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Melt butter in a large frying pan over medium-low heat. Once the butter is melted, keep stirring until the milk solids separate and brown.
  • Pour the butter into a mixing bowl and let cool for at least 15 minutes before mixing cookie dough.
  • While the butter cools, mix the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • In another small bowl, mix 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Set aside for later.
  • Once the butter has fully cooled, mix the browned butter and white sugar together using a rubber spatula in a large bowl. Then, whisk in the vanilla extract and the eggs into the butter mixture. Mix until well combined.
  • Carefully fold the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Mix until well combined.
  • With a scoop, scoop out cookie dough and form into balls. My cookie dough balls were about 1/2″ in diameter.
  • Roll the cookies in the cinnamon sugar mixture you made earlier.
    Place cookie dough balls on parchment lined baking sheets.
  • Bake cookies in a preheated 375 degree oven for 7 minutes on lower shelf, and 7 minutes on top shelf. Cookies should have lightly browned edges.
  • Immediately remove cookies from baking sheet and allow to cool on a cooling rack.

Notes

  • Butter: I prefer baking with salted butter. However, you can make this recipe with unsalted butter. Just make sure to add 1 teaspoon of salt to the ingredients.
  • Brown Butter: Allow the brown butter to fully cool before mixing cookie dough. Also, you can make this recipe without browning the butter. Just use 1 cup of butter instead.
  • Flour: When measuring flour, make sure to scoop and level. Do not scoop directly into the flour, this compacts the flour. This leads to using more flour than the recipe calls for.
  • To store snickerdoodles, place in an airtight container and store in a cool dry place. Cookies will last up to 5 days. To freeze, place cookies in an airtight container and freeze for up to 60 days. Allow cookies to thaw before enjoying.

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