Our painted pumpkins were super cute for a few days on our front steps this week. Unfortunately, the rain has washed the pretty colors away, so I am glad Dad snagged a quick picture of them the other day. Last night we ended up carving two more pumpkins, but the kids we far less interested in the process than I could have ever imagined. Owen was terrified of the pumpkin guts, until mom joked around and put them on her face (I’m gross I know) – then I got a few chuckles and the tears subsided!
Brody was in his costume of choice at 7:30 this morning, and threw a pretty fantastic crying fit when we told him he had to take it off while we ran errands. Oh, I know, we’re mean. But, it was wet, and raining, and well, we wanted his costume to be someone decent for this evening! Brody is “Iron Man” … and Owen is “Bumble Bee” the transformer. Long gone are the days of darling costumes … I had 3 Halloween’s of Brody in different costumes that were so sweet. Nemo, Mickey Mouse, and a little monkey. Owen, was Batman and Spiderman so far .. he’s always followed in his big brothers foot steps. Rough and tough, too cool for school they are now.
Anyone sick of all things pumpkin flavored yet? Love it? Hate it? For the lovers, such as I, here is one last pumpkin treat for you.
Pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies! YUM! I made these for my cousin’s wedding this past weekend. All the aunts and cousins made a cookie of their choice and at the reception that had a table swimming in treats for the guests to take home with them. We did it for our wedding, but never got to see the reaction of the guests, so it was really cool to see how into it the guests were. Every wedding should have this! A really sweet way for the family to come together and have their own little part of the wedding!
These cookies turned out fantastic, soft and fluffy, packed full of flavor, and stayed soft for days!
- 3 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup pumpkin
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- sugar coating
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Pre heat the oven to 350* Line two baking sheets with parchment paper
Whisk the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, and spices) together, and set aside.
With a handheld mixer, whip together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the pumpkin puree, mix well. Add one egg, and the vanilla extract and mix until everything is combined thoroughly.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet, slowly. Mixing until your cookie dough forms.
Using a cookie scoop, roll a ball, and then dip each ball into your sugar-coating. Place onto the cookie sheet. When your cookie sheets are full (each cookie 1 1/2 inches apart) Take a drinking glass, wet the bottom slightly, and place it in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Flatten the tops of the cookies slightly prior to baking. Bake at 350* for 10-12 minutes, until the bottoms are barely golden. Let cool on a wire rack, and store in an airtight container.