Well, I’ve started to dabble in getting back into the kitchen and baking again and it feels good. I was going too long without the smell of pumpkin and cinnamon and fall goodness flooding my apartment.
I actually made these pumpkin snickerdoodles first three years ago. Thank goodness I didn’t blog about them, because the photos were absolutely awful. Just a pile of orange blobs. Now, these look good. And they taste good too. Put these on my list of favorite pumpkin desserts. They’re light, fluffy, not too sweet or too pumpkin-y, and a perfect fall flavored bite-size treat. So skip the pumpkin selection at Starbucks and make these instead, please. I can’t wait for you to try them!
makes three dozen cookies
For the cookies:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
1 large egg, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 3/4 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mix
For the rolling sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mix
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars until fluffy. Add the pumpkin and beat well. Mix in egg and vanilla. Scrape down the sides to make sure it’s all incorporated.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and spices. Slowly beat flour mixture into pumpkin mix until it’s all incorporated.
Cover dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour so the dough becomes firm.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°, line baking sheets with parchment paper and mix rolling sugar and spices.
Form cookie dough into small balls and roll in sugar. Place balls two inches apart on cookie sheet and flatten them slightly with your hand.
Bake for around 12 minutes or until slightly firm. Let cool on a wire rack. Happy fall!
I know it’s hard to pick, but do you have a favorite pumpkin dessert? These definitely top my list, but I have a few more recipes coming for you soon!
Just when I thought I was back in the swing of things, my laptop totally dies on me. I planned on sharing my pumpkin snickerdoodle recipe with you today too. Well, until it gets fixed, here’s a quick one with some fall favorites….leather, wine, cozy fluffy spaces, gooey cheese. Can’t wait to get back to real blogging soon! :)
…but won’t because I have nightmares about finding dead mice all over my kitchen. Gah. I need to just grow up and stop being a frustrated wuss about this, right? I’m working on fixing the problem, but in the meantime I need to just get over it and let the pumpkin and apple smells take me over. I’m trying. Really. So, if I wasn’t totally turned off by baking at home, here are a few things that I’d particularly like to make for you.
While flipping though some old magazines this week, I came across this photo from Marie Claire in March 2009 that I instantly was drawn to a second time. Bright full skirt, graphic tee, pop of pattern, a red lip, and baubles. This could easily be my early fall uniform.
I often shy away from full skirts because I think they look best with heels, and let’s be honest, how often do I actually wear those? But a full skirt is just so ladylike and these below are such eye candy. I love the idea of pairing them with a tee and structured blazer or cropped suede jacket. And the gold sequined one? I die. Can you pick a favorite?
Isn’t this cross-body bag from Angela & Roi just perfect for fall? It instantly reminds me of back to school shopping – when I’d hunt down cool, structured pieces in my favorite dark plum color. Like in 7th grade I had a dark purple cropped denim jacket AND matching flared jeans from XOXO. I may have worn them together too. Oh yeah. Such a trendsetter.
Today I’m giving away one of these purple satchels to a reader who’s equally excited about fall as I am. To enter, leave a comment below letting me know what you’re most looking forward to this fall. For an extra entry like Angela & Roi (who happen to be this fabulous college couple from Boston) on Facebook and let me know you did so in your comment. I’ll announce a winner next week.
In addition, my readers are getting 10% off one Angela & Roi purchase until September 16th. Just enter the discount code CUPCAKES when checking out. Happy fall shopping!