Life Tastes So Good

Exploring life one taste at a time.

Perfectly Pumpkin Cookies.

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
― George Eliot

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As fall quickly approaches so does my desperate need for pumpkin.

I love everything about fall. The weather, the scent of fall, colors, and most of all the food!

 I was trying really hard not to do any pumpkin recipes until after September but I couldn’t hold it in anymore! These cookies have been requested by a few of my co-workers for their birthdays and they never let down. My kids love them just as much as the grown-ups do. Real crowd pleaser, these cookies. So, bake up a batch for your fall pot-lucks for the season of eating is about to be upon us.

Yum.

Perfectly Pumpkin Cookies

Perfectly Pumpkin Cookies

What You Will Need:

2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup canned pumpkin
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

For the Frosting:

1/4 cup butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1-1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions for Frosting:

Mix together on med speed, butter and softened cream cheese until well incorporated then Add vanilla.

Gradually add the 2 cups of confectioners’ sugar, adding roughly 1/2 cup at a time to avoid having the sugar “fly” everywhere.

Continue to mix on Med speed until frosting stiffens.

Directions for Cookies:

In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream butter and sugars until fluffy.

Add large egg and vanilla. Add pumpkin; mix well.

Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and baking powder in a small bowl; gradually add dry ingredients to
creamed mixture and mix well.

Using a cookie scoop (or a regular dinner spoon) drop cookies about 1 1/2 inches apart onto greased baking
sheets.

Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until edges are lightly
browned and cookie retains shape when touched.

Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Once cooled apply frosting as desired to each cookie and lightly dust with ground cinnamon on top if desired.

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Caramel Turtle Cookies.

Sometimes I think that the one thing I love most about being an adult is the right to buy candy whenever and wherever I want.

Ryan Gosling

(PS- Not only a looker but a lover of candy? Watch out husband he’s giving you a run for your money!)

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There isn’t much going on in the crazy world of Diana these few week. I did get exciting news that I got offered a secure position at my job, full of benefits and vacation time. Real grown up talk. Boring! Let’s talk candy! YUM! When I was pregnant with my littlest, Emily, I loved me some candy! Top of the list? Chocolate. Dark. Milk. Chocolate covered anything. It was chocolate. It was mine. Point. Period. End of story. At that point of my life I was working at a pharmacy and they carried large boxes of the caramel turtles. Oh my! All of my favorite things in one bite! I mean who wouldn’t love it? Unless you don’t like chocolate, in that case I’m not really sure if we can be friends. Hate to break it to ya.

This past week I realized its been ages since I’ve made cookies or had turtles and then the wheels started turning. Combine these amazing items into one. Needless to say I did to a little happy dance in the store and people were staring but who cares my house was about to smell amazing. The cookies didn’t last through one pot of coffee another favorite of mine. What is your favorite candy? Have you tried using it to cook or bake? I am going to experiment with a few more the next coming weeks. I am excited to see what we can come up with.

caramel Turtle cookies

Caramel Turtle Cookies

What You Will Need:

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped

30 caramels

What to Do:

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat to cool.

In a bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Chop about 10 caramels to in small  “chunks”, and set aside. In another bowl, beat together melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until creamy (1 to 2 minutes). Beat in egg and vanilla. Slow your mixer to the slowest setting and gradually add in the flour mixture.

Stir in, using a spoon or spatula, the chocolate chips, pecans and chunks of caramel.

Chill dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. (skipping this step will make your cookies too thin)

Heat oven to 350°F

Roll dough into balls or use a cookie scoop and place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.

Bake 8 minutes or until set and light golden. Cool on wire racks. Melt caramel in the microwave and drizzle over cooled cookies.

*Note: these cookies are a tad sticky so if you are transporting them it may be best to wait to put the caramel topping on at location.

And of course, enjoy.

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