Recipe: Soft Pumpkin Cookie Cakes

Well, I had all these great ideas for the blog this week, but even the best laid plans can be led astray.  I do hope to get back into the swing of things shortly, as I’ve got so many wonderful things to show you!

Sometimes when life gets a little too busy, or a little too confusing, the best thing to do is just relax, sit back, and bake!

Today’s treat is an easy family favorite – an incredibly fluffy, simple and delicious spiced cookie.  Perfect for a lunch box treat or afternoon snack, they are very popular around here and disappear quickly.  The addition of cake flour and the tart dark chocolate chips create a velvety softness that  combines wonderfully with the warm and inviting pumpkin and spices.  I know you’re going to love them, they are great with fresh fruit and a strong cup of chai on a chilly afternoon.

Here are some photos of the process

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Blending in the pumpkin puree

Lovely mountain of sifted ingredients

Lovely mountain of sifted ingredients

Folding in the final ingredients

Folding in the final ingredients

Here you can see the moist deliciousness

Here you can see the moist deliciousness

Ingredients

1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup canned pure pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cake flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground clove
1/4 teaspoon ground all spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup mini dark chocolate chips

Directions:

In large bowl or mixer, cream butter and sugars until fluffy.  Add egg and vanilla, mix.  Add pumpkin, mix well.  In a separate bowl, sift together flours, cinnamon, clove, allspice, baking soda, salt and baking powder.  Gradually add to wet mix and ensure that it is well combined.  Fold in coconut, pumpkin seeds, and chocolate chips.

The dough with be fluffy but sticky, so use a table spoon if you prefer not to get your fingers dirty.   Make 2″ balls and place on cookie sheet at least 2″ apart. Press dough lightly with fingers or fork.  Bake at 350 degrees for 9-12 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Remove to racks, allowing to cool completely.  Store in air tight container in the fridge.

Yield: 2 dozen.

afternoon tea

afternoon tea

Now signing off to pay attention to my patient kitty…
Happy Baking everyone!!

happy cat in need of some attention

happy cat in need of attention

 

 

 

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Perfect Sundays

Well, since it pretty much looked like this all Sunday

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The day started like this

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My wonderful husband greeted me with fresh coffee and delicious bacon and eggs

The day continued in much the same way but first, a musical interlude to set the mood:

An exciting new stew recipe, which included copious amounts of paprika, an jalapeno pepper, and way too much beef!

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What better way to round out the afternoon than with a beautifully boozy Khalua Baileys Hot Chocolate

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At some point i figured I might as well throw in some meringues

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And get some work done

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Happy Sunday!!

Can i brag, just for a little bit?

so i was surfing Ravelry, looking for the scoop on what’s new and exciting in the knitting world, and discovered a wee little something …

My Hurricane Hat Pattern is currently #10 most popular hat pattern on Ravelry!  can i just freak out a little bit? is that too dorky?    Just because it’s blurry, doesn’t make it any less true …

This comes at a wonderfully serendipitious time, as i am planning on releasing some patterns in the very near future…

Think sweet, simple accessories for Christmas knitting.

 

 

Nonetheless…

A late start, but a start nonetheless,

A big goal I’ve had for myself these past few years is to get myself organized and to shift gears.  To organize everything from the bottom up.  Start with the elements of our precious little lives that i cherish so much.  It is sad to see that oftentimes opportunity and experiences disappear because I fail to take advantage of them.  It is hard, when fatigued, to face the dishes, let alone anything remotely ambitious.  This year, I decide to have the simple goal of taking myself seriously.  If I want to climb a mountain, I will climb a mountain.  If I want to knit a beekeeper quilt, I will be sure to do so.  And if I want to make the perfect bundt cake, i will damn well be making the sexiest marbled bundt you’ve seen this side of Claq Mountain.