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I’m sorry to say that I do not have a football food for this week.  Yesterday was my daughter’s birthday so it was all about her and what she wanted to eat, watch, play and do.  Even though I don’t have a football food to share with you doesn’t mean I don’t have a recipe to share with you.  No, in fact, I’m going to share one of my favorite cookie recipes with you…

Melt In Your Mouth Pumpkin Cookies…

First off I have to mention that this is not my picture I copied it from Better Homes & Gardens which is where I found this recipe.  I first tried these cookies last fall and they immediately became one of my families favorite recipes.  We’ve found that we prefer them with cream cheese frosting though instead of the frosting that is mentioned in the recipe (click on the image to link you to BH&G’s recipe).  These cookies live up to their name “Melt In Your Mouth” they are so soft it’s like biting into a really soft, moist cake.  Take me word for it, you’ll love them, now go ahead and give them a try!

Cookie Ingredients:

cups butter, softened

cups granulated sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 15 ounce can pumpkin

4 cups all-purpose flour

Frosting Ingredients: 

8 oz cream cheese, softened

1/2 stick butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, beat 2 cups butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Add eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla; beat until combined. Beat in pumpkin. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour.

Drop dough by heaping teaspoons 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until tops are set. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool.

Combine cream cheese and butter in medium sized mixing bowl and cream together with electric mixer until smooth.  Add vanilla and mix again.  Next add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, mixing until smooth.  Last mix 1 tsp cinnamon for a bit of spicy flavor in your frosting and spread over cooled cookies.

Enjoy!

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I got the idea for these cookies from Pinterest  last fall.  I only copied the candy corn design and not the recipe.  (I’don’t like lemon flavored deserts and the Pinterest recipe has lemon in it.)  Instead, I used my old-fashioned sugar cookie recipe because I knew it would be the perfect dough for me to obtain the same look.  Plus my kids love old-fashioned sugar cookies because they are so buttery, sugary and delicious!  

Warning – You may find yourself popping more than just one more of these bite sized little treats!

Ingredients:

1 C butter (not margarine)

1 C sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

3 C all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

In a large bowl cream butter with an electric mixer on medium speed.  Add sugar, egg and vanilla and beat until combined.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt and stir into the butter mixture.

Divide dough into 3 portions, leaving one white and dying one yellow and the other orange.  Layer these 3 portions in a greased bread, one at a time, by patting them down to cover each layer below it.  Dough will be thin.  Cover pan and chill for 3-4 hours.

Preheat oven to 350°.  Remove chilled dough from pan onto a cutting board and, using a good cutting knife, cut dough into 1/3″ thick slices.  I slice one row at a time then cut into little triangles resembling candy corn.  Place on cookie sheet about one inch apart, sprinkle with sugar and bake for 5-7 minutes or until bottoms are just turning a light golden color.

Cool on wire cookie sheet and enjoy!

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Make A Gray Day Happy!

(Tank, jeans, sandals, necklace & earrings  – Maurices, Jacket – Thrifted from The Scarlet Poppe, Bradelet – Target)

Making Peanut Butter Ritz snacks with my children make it Exquisite!

I LOVE baking especially when I get to do it with my kiddos!  (I can’t wait until school is done next week so I have all four of my little chicks at home to share these moments with!)  I was craving some sweet peanut butter treat and these are an easy quick fix.  This is the first time that I’ve ever made these and I’m really not sure why because I always like them when other people make them.  I confess that I did not follow a recipe (I rarely follow recipes which annoys my sister and some friends.)  and they were even better than I remembered!  

Here’s what I:

In a medium bowl combine 1/3 cup each of peanut butter, butter and powdered sugar.  Cream together until smooth.  Generously spread this mixture over a Ritz cracker and top with another Ritz cracker to make a sandwich.  (You will use one package (not box) of Ritz crackers.)  Melt 12 oz chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and evenly coat your PB & Ritz sandwich with this chocolate.  You can then garnish with melted white chips and sprinkles (My kiddos favorite part)!  Let dry and enjoy!

I may not have been correct when I said my kiddos favorite part is garnishing with melted white chips and sprinkles…I’m pretty sure it’s eating the left over melted chocolate!

And if you are wondering why I’m laughing in my last outfit picture it’s because a little girl was supposed to be napping but decided she’d rather be outside with me!  Moments like these, cookie making and cute, innocently sneaky babies, make me smile!

*NOTE:  Pay no attention to all of the weeds in my garden.  I’m blaming it on lack of time due to the bedroom project and I just plain hate weeding.  I’ll get to it…eventually.  For now I have a doctors excuse to rest my back and take it easy so it might just be weedy for a little longer:-)

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Tie-Dye Cookies!

 Last Tuesday, at about 2:00 p.m., I was looking at my calendar and discovered that I was in charge of snacks for my sons story hour the very next morning. Gasp, I didn’t think I was the snack mom until the end of April!  The snack theme…silly cookies.

I no longer had time to cut out and decorate sugar cookies to fit the silly role, which is what I had originally planned to do!  I thought of making lolly pop cookies but when I brought it up to my son he reminded me that he’s been asking for white chocolate chip cookies.  I knew I had the white chocolate chips and I quickly rummaged through my pantry and refrigerator to see if I had everything else I needed.  I was only missing butter.  A quick text to my husband to “Please pick up some butter on your way home?” and then I was on to the next conundrum.  How to make white chocolate chip cookies look silly…

Okay, so they aren’t exactly “silly” but it’s the best I could do since I was a space cadet and didn’t leave myself enough time for something sillier.  The main point is that my kids, as well as the story hour kids, thought they were pretty silly and cool!  Thumbs up for forgetful mother!

Here’s What I did:

I followed the Original Nestle Toll House Cookie recipe (HERE) and before adding the chips I separated my dough into four equal balls.

I added my son’s color choices to each ball and once the color was thoroughly mixed in I supplemented the chocolate chips with white chocolate chips.

I then put all four dyed balls into a large mixing bowl and gradually mixed them together by hand to carefully wrap the balls around each other without blending the colors together too much…

I then spooned the dyed dough onto a cookie sheet, baked according to the Nestle Toll House recipe and voila … Silly Tie-Dyed White Chocolate Chip Cookies!

(Same photo as featured above.)

You certainly don’t have to use white chocolate chip cookies you can feel free to stay true to Nestle Toll House’s recipe and use chocolate chips, but per my sons request, I used white chocolate chips.

Like I said we had a lot of fun eating these cookies (Who doesn’t enjoy eating cookies?!) but equally as fun, was finding hidden pictures in the cookies!  We found dolphins, puppies, elephants, houses and smiley faces…

Note the two green eyes (upper left) the little bump out nose and perfect kissy lips! Pucker up!

So, an on the spot cookie idea has now become a favorite of our household and I’m certain there will be many more tie-dyed cookies in our future!

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