‘Tis the season for Pumpkin everything! I think it’s hilarious how much we make fun of girl’s who submerge their lives in pumpkin anything and everything as soon as the leaves start changing colour. (Like this!) I made delicious pumpkin – cake like -cookies that are perfect to pair with your cup of coffee, tea or that other Fall drink. (You know which one I’m talking about.) I’m not basic, I swear.
Pumpkin Spice Cookies
1 1/4 cup All Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Nutmeg
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 cup Butter, Softened
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Pumpkin Pureé
1 cup Icing Sugar
2 tsp Evaporated Milk
1 tsp Milk
1 tbsp Butter, Melted
1/2 tsp Vanilla
Step 1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg and cinnamon in a bowl. Mix until blended.
Step 2. In another bowl add butter and sugar. Mix until smooth (by hand or mixer). Add in egg and pumpkin pureé. Mix until well blended.
Step 3. Combine wet and dry ingredients until there is no white flour visible.
Step 4. On a greased cookie sheet, drop spoonfuls of dough – leaving space between each drop.
Step 5. In a small bowl combine icing sugar, evaporated milk, vanilla and melted butter. Mix until smooth. *Add small amounts of milk if the icing is too thick, or sweet! Transfer into a piping bag (or a small reusable bag – cut a small hole at one of the bottom corners) and set aside.
Step 6. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool cookies completely.
Step 7. Ice cookies to your preference and enjoy!
With tomorrow being Halloween, I thought I would share my experiences with you: Growing up in a Christian home, my family and I never participated in Halloween. Well. I did. Once. My mom thought it would be fun giving this thing a try so she attended the afternoon event at my elementary school. I was in Kindergarten, dressed up as a princess, sitting with my friends as we sat together in the (semi) dark. I didn’t really process the lyrics (obviously, I was 5) but my mom told me one song went “On the first day of Halloween, Satan gave to meeee.”
And that was the extent of my Halloween festivities at school. Growing up I would leave school early while the rest of my classmates celebrated this day. Which never bothered me because I still got to eat the candy I got at school while chilling on my couch!
There was one other year we were allowed to go trick or treating, and my mom handmade our costumes. I was snow white and my littler sister was cinderella. It was fun, but I recall walking around and thinking, “Meh.” Which is weird because I LOVE candy. I never felt that I was missing out because we would often get together to do fun things with our friends like swimming, going to church parties or watching fireworks. If you grew up with me, you know I love dressing up in costume. I always had so much fun dressing up on spirit days or for themed events. Asides from those two Halloweens, I’ve only participated and dressed up two other times. (Tomorrow I’m dressing up for the kids!) We would always have fun seeing other people’s costumes while handing out (and binge eating) bags of candy to our neighbours.
Tomorrow my family and I will be celebrating – with cake and fireworks – my baby brother’s birthday. How funny that we now have a wonderful reason to party on Halloween. Oh how God works.
See you next week!
Be happy with what you have while working for what you want