I made more pumpkin things, like a crazy cat lady with pumpkin foods instead of cats. Here are the results:
Pumpkin Spice Waffles
Not pumpkiny enough at ALL! Also, personally, I didn't think the result warranted the extra work either.
Impossible Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes
These were pumpkiny enough, but I still have a lot left and I made them several days ago so... There's something about the texture that I don't really like--maybe I'm just missing a crust-like element. I added chocolate chips to half of them and that was an improvement.
Pumpkin Pie Granola
HOW could this ever have enough pumpkin flavor when it doesn't have actual pumpkin in it? Mmhmm. (Still good granola though.) Word to the wise: when looking to buy dried cherries, make sure you don't buy cherry-flavored cranberries. Ocean Spray is tricky!
A great, basic recipe--all I need with my pumpkin seeds is salt.
Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread
I followed the alteration suggestions in the first "most helpful positive review" and it was great. Instead of a bread, I made 24 muffins and a bunch of mini muffins as well. I'm sure there are better pumpkin bread recipes out there, but this one was good and worked for muffins.
Honestly, why do I even bother with other pumpkin recipes? This is the only one I need!
And with that, I think I will go into baking hibernation...until it's time for pumpkin pie that is.