This is one of those recipes I saw on pinterest where the picture alone just sucks me in and it gets pinned immediately so I don't lose sight of it and can make it when it's time. And it's time. This is very reminiscent of the Apple Cinnamon Bites I've made before that I thought were delicious. Because anything dipped in melted butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar has some serious game.
This is super easy to throw together - you can mix it up while your oven is preheating and be ready to put the first batch in immediately after. I skipped the ground cloves and allspice called for in the recipe as I don't like to have too many spices in my pumpkin baked goods; cinnamon and nutmeg are all I mostly prefer. For the first batch, I only dipped the tops in the melted butter and rolled them in the cinnamon sugar mixture. You can roll the whole thing but I prefer the coating in moderation. This was really good, especially when eaten warm. It's like eating little pumpkin donut holes dusted with cinnamon sugar without the fuss of a yeasted dough and deep frying.
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup pumpkin
1/2 cup milk
1 stick unsalted butter, melted (I used less, about 1/2 stick)
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 F and spray mini muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray.
- Combine flour, baking powder,salt, and spices in a bowl and whisk until combine.
- In another bowl, mix oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin, and milk. Pour in flour mixture and mix until just combined. Fill mini muffin tins until almost full and bake 10-12 minutes.
- Melt butter in small bowl. Mix sugar and cinnamon in a separate small bowl. After poppers have cooled for a few minutes, dip them in the butter and roll them in the sugar mixture.