4 Ways to Satisfy Your Pumpkin Cravings This October

One of the main reasons why so many people love October is because of the seasonal harvest and all of the wonderful sweet and savory dishes you can make with pumpkin. Some recipes call for processed, canned pumpkins, but a good source is the leftover flesh from your personally carved jack-o’-lanterns.

Hickory Farms is sharing some of our favorite fall recipes to get you inspired and creating in the kitchen. For your next dinner party, try making one of the below recipes to satisfy all of your pumpkin cravings this season.

smoked cheddar blend

Source: Taste of Home

Pumpkin Bisque with Smoked Cheddar

Simmering this dish on your kitchen stove is a great way to start a crisp autumn day. Subtle notes of nutmeg and creamy Smoked Cheddar Blend add a delightful complexity that blends well with a bit of bacon.

smoked cheddar blend

Source: DIY Budget Girl

Pumpkin Soup with Bacon and Applewood Smoked Cheddar

Autumn is the perfect time to explore a variety of soup recipes. This one’s great to have on the back burner for a lazy football weekend. Grate a bit of Hickory Farms Smoked Cheddar Blend on top to complete the dish.

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Source: PaleOMG

Pumpkin Cashew Curry over Coconut Rice

Add some Eastern inspiration to your menu with this Indian curry dish featuring chicken, pureed pumpkin, cashews and coconut milk. One healthy benefit of this dish is that the “rice” is actually finely processed fresh cauliflower, so those dieting and watching their calorie intake can enjoy a guilt-free meal.

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Source: Taste of Home

Fruit-Nut Pumpkin Bread

We all have a favorite pumpkin bread recipe, and here’s ours. The best thing about this recipe is that, with its call for raisins, dried cranberries and a variety of nuts, it can be customized to suit a variety of tastes, while accommodating those with food allergies.

festive cheese sampler

Stock up on Hickory Farms gift baskets that are overflowing with autumn’s bounty this season. As the perfect addition to any party or football gathering or as a loving care package for a military member or college student, our gourmet gift baskets are ready to ship daily all over the country. Bring a smile to your loved ones’ faces and place your order today.

Bake a Batch of Nutty Cookies for Cookie Month!

October is one of our favorite months here at Hickory Farms. Along with the crisp, cool days and gorgeous foliage, October is also Cookie Month, making it the perfect time to bake a batch of nutty cookies for your fall party or festive Halloween celebration. To give our customers some inspiration, we’ve chosen three recipes guaranteed to please.

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Source: Baking Bites

Oatmeal Dried Fruit Cookies

Add some extra flavor to traditional oatmeal cookies with the addition of some dried fruit. If your mixture of oats, butter, egg, vanilla is too dry, add a splash of some almond milk to the mix. Bake the batter on an ungreased cookie sheet for approximately 10 minutes in an oven preheated to 375°. Let them cool on the cookie sheet for five minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

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Source: Cooking Classy

Cashew Cookies

These nutty favorites taste even richer with the addition of sour cream and some chopped up Hickory Farms cashews. However, the real decadence lies with the burned butter frosting. Melt butter over medium heat until light brown, then add some heavy cream, confectioner’s sugar and vanilla and spread on the cooled cookies. These deliciously rich treats are sure to get rave reviews at your next harvest gathering.

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Source: Martha Stewart

Nutty Butter Cookies

Try lifestyle maven Martha Stewart’s nutty butter cookie recipe, which can be tailored to please any palate. Select your favorite nut for the batch — anything from peanuts to roasted pistachios can be added. Martha’s secret for flavorful cookies is to first toast the oats in butter and then add them to the rest of the ingredients. Her recipe makes two dozen cookies, but could easily be doubled or tripled for a large gathering.

fruitful gift box

Celebrate Cookie Month with good friends and family and enjoy making some fun autumn memories to share with future generations. Hickory Farms has roots that run deep from America’s heartland straight to your door with year-round delivery of our gourmet gift baskets full of your family’s favorite products. Call 800.753.8558 and place an order for delivery today.

Go “Nuts” for These Easy Granola Recipes

When life gets hectic, it’s a good idea to have some healthy snacks on hand. Full of crunchy nuts and delicious fruits, granola is a great treat to satisfy your hunger, while giving you the little boost of energy you need. Grab a bag of Hickory Farms mixed nuts and whip up these simple and convenient granola recipes.

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Source: Merry Mousse

Whole Lotta Nuts

If you can’t get enough crunchiness, you’ll love this recipe. Start by stirring together a few handfuls of oats, a scoop of our mixed nuts, a bit of coconut flake and some pumpkin seeds. You can amp up the flavor even more by adding a sprinkle of cinnamon and a dash of salt.

Meanwhile, in a separate sauce pan, melt some honey and a stick of butter. Before removing the butter mixture from the heat, throw in a bit of vanilla. Next, pour butter over the nut-and-oat mixture before stirring and spreading the granola onto a sheet for baking.

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Source: Brown Eyed Baker

Maple-Nut Granola

Adding dried fruits to your granola is a delicious way to increase the fiber and nutrient content. Using a large bowl, add some maple syrup for a nice, earthy sweetness that’s perfect for fall. Then, add vanilla extract, brown sugar and a pinch of salt. Next, slowly incorporate vegetable oil, whisking quickly to combine. Finish by stirring in oats, our Hickory Farms mixed nuts and a selection of fruits from our Dried Fruit Collection. Now, just bake until golden brown.

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Source: Food Network

Classic Granola

For a treat that’s sure to please, opt for a traditional granola blend of sweet and savory. In a bowl, mix a handful of oats, almonds, some of our cashews, a bit of coconut and brown sugar. In another bowl, combine oil, salt and maple syrup. Finish by folding the liquid mixture into the oats until well-combined, and then bake.

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With these delicious recipes, you can transform our Hickory Farms gourmet fruits and nuts into a sweet, yet satisfying treat that’s filling enough to tide you over until your next meal.