Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pumpkin Cookies

After two years of living in a place that doesn't do Fall, it feels fabulous to be back in a state that truly appreciates the awesomeness that is this beautifully colored season.

Pumpkin and mums stands have popped up on every corner, bags of candy can be found throughout the grocery store, the trees are turning beautiful shades of orange and yellow, and the cooler weather is rushing in.

Fall is in full swing and I love it.

Another thing I absolutely love about Fall are all the pumpkin flavored treats.

I can no longer pass by Starbucks without craving a Pumpkin Spice Latte and every sweet that runs through my mind involves that wonderful little gourd-like squash. I even served Pumpkin Cupcakes at my wedding and the centerpieces at each table were white pumpkins... I'm slightly obsessed.

These cookies are one of my favorite Fall treats and I'm so excited to share them with you. Don't let their appearance fool you... they're delicious.

Pumpkin Cookies
Oven: 350 Bake time: 12 minutes

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 egg
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups AP flour

Preheat oven to 350 and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and pumpkin.
Add egg and beat until incorporated.
In a small bowl, sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix until blended.
Use an ice cream scooper and scoop cookies 1-inch apart onto prepared cookie sheet.
Transfer to oven and bake for about 12 minutes.
Allow cookies to cool completely on cooling rack before icing.

3 TBS butter
4 TBS milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

In a small saucepan, heat butter, milk and brown sugar over medium heat.
Stir until sugar dissolves.
Add powdered sugar and vanilla and whisk until smooth.
Pour over cookies.

And if you haven't already, make sure to enter my giveaway for 3 free bags of Tate's Bake Shop Cookies and the Tate's Bakeshop Cookbook. You don't want to miss it!! You have until October 31 to enter!!

Happy Baking!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Whirlwinds & Giveaways


That's all I have to say about these past few weeks.

I'm a married lady now!!

                                                              ...just a little sneak peak...
A little recap of what's been going on since I last left you: we moved out of our storage unit the Monday before the wedding, moved things into the new house throughout the rest of week (to include the DAY OF the wedding), baked 3 cakes, 80 cupcakes and 2 batches of sugar cookies for MY wedding and decorated said cakes/cupcakes/cookies, spent time with out of town guests, had the day/best night of my life, went on the most relaxing/amazing honeymoon, started the new job, unpacked the house and decorated 2 more cakes.

I know what you're thinking... wow. There's nothing else you can say really.

But enough about me.. how have you all been?

I hope you all have been having a good October so far- maybe not as busy as mine, but good nonetheless.

Did you also know that October is National Cookie Month? I came back just in time!

To get back in the swing of things I decided not only to make you all some of my favorite Fall time cookies, but also host a giveaway!

The wonderful folks at Tate's Bake Shop let me taste some of the their latest creations and are giving me the opportunity to not only share cookies with you, but giveaway a signed copy of Tate's Bake Shop Cookbook as well.

Their newest cookie is the award winning Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie... and let me tell you, these 3 bags were on my parents kitchen counter for a whopping 20 minutes before they were all completely gone. Crumbs- that's what was left. They were delicious.

So how can you win 3 bags of these wonderful cookies AND a cookbook?* Simply let me know what your favorite fall inspired cookie is! And make sure you leave me an email address so I can get in touch with you.  *giveaway only open to US residents*
Even if you don't win, you can still recieve a 15% discount if you order cookies online by using the code: COOKIE. You won't disappointed with these cookies!

Using a random number generator, I'll be picking a winner on Halloween so get your cookies in now- Kathleen King's cookies are delicious and her cookbook is one I use often in my own kitchen.

And later on this week I'll be back with one of my favorite Fall treats.

                                                                        Happy Baking!