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Transforming flavorless pumpkin cakey cookies into something new

I had a can of Libby’s pumpkin filling and I wanted to try to make cookies out of it. I went to a few sites and took the one with the most positive reviews (4.5/5 with 900+ reviews).

Unfortunately, it didn’t work. The consistency is way too cake-like, there is no flavor, and it just doesn‘t work.

Any suggestions? I made these today, so I have about three days to make something before they go from not-so-great to worse. Thanks.

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  1. Icebox cake! If puffy, slice like sandwiches. Layer with whipped cream flavored with whatever delicious liquor you have. Refrigerate overnight. The cookies will absorb excess moisture in the whipped cream and solidify into a magnificent mass.

    OR -
    Pumpkin spice trifle

    1. Depending on just how cakey they are, I might be tempted to try them in some type of fall-influenced trifle or a riff on an Eton mess, using the cookies, maybe stewed apples, whipped cream, and some candied pecans. Or you could include them as some of the breading for a pumpkin bread pudding. Just thinking of desserts that call for some kind of cookie or cake/bread, but get most of their flavor from other ingredients.

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      1. re: edwardspk

        Eggnog makes a great custard for bread pudding, especially if it's pumpkin or cinnamon eggnog. If using cookies or quick bread as the "bread", no added sugar is needed. Just an egg per cup of eggnog.

      2. Another idea, if they're cakey, you could cube them, dry them out, and use them as croutons in a pumpkin soup or to include in a pumpkin panzanella salad (just had a pumpkin panzanella using corn bread this weekend that was really quite good!).

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        1. re: edwardspk

          Another idea along these same lines:

          Last weekend I baked a cake that didn't rise very well (stale baking powder I think) so I sliced it into thick strips, re-baked in a low oven for a long time, and out came some pretty decent biscotti that I've been enjoying all week with my morning coffee.

        2. Thanks for all the quick responses.
          Thing is, they are cookies, and aren't bigger than three inches in diameter. So I think I might do something involving soaking them in liquid.

          If all else fails, I could dry them a little more and dip them in hot cocoa!

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          1. re: RogueFoodie

            You could make a rif on tiramisu.....?

          2. Are they plain or do they have nuts or raisins in them? I think your best bet is to crumble them up and use them in some kind of layered dessert. Maybe make a pumpkin mousse. Just found this pumpkin parfait from Ina. You could use the pumpkin cookies in place of the ginger cookies.

            http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in...