Oct 30 2011

chocolate chip pumpkin cookies

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

These chocolate chip pumpkin cookies have long been a favorite of mine. They’re a soft, cakey, pumpkin spiced cookie made even better with bittersweet chocolate chips. I made them once for a potluck when I was in college and a boy that I may or may not have had a huge crush on informed me that they were good, but kind of underdone and next time I should cook them longer. No way. I took a bite and confirmed my original take: they were perfect in every way. It was then that I decided that maybe he was the one that was undercooked.

Joseph on the other hand absolutely loves these cookies. Yes, I absolutely ended up with the right guy. If you only like really crunchy cookies, these may not be your thing. If a tiny little pumpkin cake with chocolate chips sounds good to you, then you’re going to love these.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

I decided that I was going to make these in addition to the pumpkin gingersnap cookies to take to Philadelphia because I wanted to make sure that we had enough for both my sister and her husband and Joseph’s brother and his family. This recipe is so easy that I figured it would be no trouble, but I had to run to the store to get more butter and all the batches of cookies and only cooking one sheet at a time meant I was constantly in the kitchen dropping dough balls on the cookie sheets and  sliding freshly baked cookies onto a cooling rack. All that and you know what? I forgot to bring the cookies on Saturday when we went out to see Joseph’s family and celebrate our adorable niece’s third birthday.

Plate of Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

When we got back to my sister’s house that night, there was a dent in the cookie bin that continued to grow as the night went on. These cookies are seriously addictive! But don’t take my word for it, try them for yourself! Continue reading

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Oct 24 2011

pumpkin gingersnap cookies

Pumpkin Gingersnap Cookies

One of my sister’s and my favorite Christmas cookies is a molasses crinkle cookie and when I saw this recipe for pumpkin gingersnap cookies, I knew I had to make these for her. I have no idea when or how it started, but my sister and I started calling each other pumpkin. I know there’s a story behind, but I just can’t remember it, and we occasionally get each other silly pumpkin-themed things like pumpkin towels and pumpkin trivets. We also both really love baked pumpkin treats and combining a pumpkin cookie with the essence of one of our favorite holidays cookies, this I had to try!

Luckily a trip to Philadelphia was already in store, so I didn’t have to wait long before I could make these cookies for my sister. The night Joseph and I arrived, we headed out to an awesome happy hour at FARMiCiA with my sister and brother-in-law. Massachusetts law forbids happy hour specials on alcohol (terrible, horrible law!), so I was pretty psyched about these half-off cocktails. There was no question that both my sister and I were going to get the pumpkin cocktail, which we both thoroughly enjoyed. The drink was even topped off with little pumpkin sprinkles which made the drink very pretty, but were somewhat alarming when they came through the straw.

Pumpkin Gingersnap Cookies

Pumpkin Gingersnap Cookies

After another cocktail or two (because come on, half off cocktails!?) we walked back to their place for dinner. Dinner was entirely un-pumpkin related but super tasty because we made pizza with my favorite pepperoni from Vermont Smoke and Cure (we made up for it the next night by having pumpkin beer with butternut squash soup) and then we followed dinner with not one but two kinds of pumpkin cookies (second recipe coming soon!). Continue reading

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Oct 16 2011

pumpkin buttermilk bundt cake

Pumpkin Buttermilk Bundt Cake

I absolutely love fall foods and can’t get enough of all the pumpkin foods so prevalent this time of year. There’s of course the pumpkin cinnamon roll pancakes, which may well be my most favorite of all, there’s pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, and even pumpkin pie soda from Maine Root (which I was initially wary about but am now totally addicted to). So when Joseph and I went to his parents house for the weekend to celebrate his dad’s birthday, pumpkin cake seemed like an easy choice.

Pumpkin Buttermilk Bundt Cake

My physical therapist has been giving me a hard time about how much I’ve been doing on my feet since my knee surgery a few months ago. Didn’t she understand that I needed to make those pumpkin cinnamon roll pancakes and then spend the afternoon checking out Oktoberfest in Harvard Square? Fall only happens once a year! Nevertheless, I promised her I would take it easy over the weekend, but there was no way I wasn’t going to make a cake to celebrate my father-in-law’s birthday! Luckily this pumpkin cake is both chock-full of fall and easy to make, which meant less time on my feet.

Pumpkin Buttermilk Bundt Cake

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Oct 6 2011

pumpkin cinnamon roll pancakes

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

When I said I was raring to go to start making fall foods, I had this at the very forefront of my mind. Allow me introduce you to the most decadent, extravagant, and tastiest pancakes you have ever met: pumpkin cinnamon roll pancakes. These fabulous go-getters go above and beyond the mere pancake (which, let’s face it,  can be pretty fantastic all on its own). They’re part pumpkin pancake, part cinnamon roll and if you’ve heard of anything more genius than that, well, I’d like to hear about it.

Cinnamon

Butter, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon

To make these – and you will want to make them – you make your pretty standard pumpkin pancake, but just after you pour the batter on the griddle, you pipe on a mixture of cinnamon, sugar, butter mixture in a spiral on top. As the pancake cooks, the cinnamon swirl melts and sinks into the pancake. Once the pancake has cooked for 3-4 minutes, you carefully flip it over and take a good long sniff of all that cinnamon and butter. Pure heaven. After just another couple minutes on the griddle, your pumpkin cinnamon roll pancake is all done. Until you add the cream cheese icing of course, because come on, this is a cinnamon roll pancake here. Then serve them up, nice and hot and draped in icing, and just try telling me these aren’t the very best pancakes you’ve ever had.

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