Cookies


Falling Leaves Cookies

I love seeing the fall colors. We have a pretty little maple tree in the back yard that is still holding on to its leaves.

We spent last weekend clearing the yard of leaves. The next day you could hardly tell we had done any work at all.

I have many happy memories of raking and playing in the leaves. Fall is a happy time. I guess that is why I am in no hurry to get to Christmas.

autumn cookies

I had a small amount of leftover cookie dough in the fridge, so I decided to make these cookies. I was inspired by these cookies I saw on Pinterest.

I took the easy way out on the decorating. The white part is good old ready-to-spread frosting. The tree trunks are made from melted chocolate chips. The leaves are teeny tiny leaf-shaped sprinkles!

Tiny sprinkles

So cute!

a spoon full of sprinkles

They are called Micro Sprinkles.

sprinkling leaves

The girls had fun adding the leaves for me.

wind-blown cookie

tree cookies

leaf cookies

last fall leaf

Katie had a writing assignment at school around the first of October. In my “unbiased” opinion, I thought it was very good! It seemed fitting to share it along with this post.

Enchanted Place by Katie Bayer (age 12)

Being outside in fall is my favorite place to be. Here, I watch the pale morning sun as it plays golden shafts of light on the ground, livening the crisp, fall-time air. Its warm rays flow across the sap and morning dew, and they glisten on the earthen floor like spun sugar. Leaves fall like gentle rain, blanketing the ground in richness and color.

All around, nature sings its song. Leaves lazily strum the air as it passes, playfully blowing tendrils of loose hair around my face and bringing the faint, melodic call of a care-free bird to my ears.

All around me, nothing is heard except for the bird’s call or the song of the leaves rustling listlessly in the wind. They shyly twirl through the air and land softly on the crown of my exposed head. I take it off tenderly and observe its vibrant color, its fragile lace tightly webbed in between sturdy veins. I let the wind professionally claim them, the cool morning air running thinly through my outstretched fingers. I exhale, breath billowing visibly from between my lips, close my eyes, then inhale again, savoring the smoky scent of burning leaves. I smile. I am right where I want to be, my enchanted place, and I will enjoy every second that I am here.

Wow! October was a crazy month! Lots of fun. Lots of good. Just lots of LOTS! It seems like we had something every night and every day!

I am thankful November is here!

I’m so behind though. If you have emailed or messaged me in the past month or so and have not heard back from me, I’m sorry. I will be trying to catch up soon.

I tried to be a good blogger and take pictures and try new wonderful dishes. However, I was doing good to grab the iPad and snap a couple of pictures here and there!

I did make some adorable Halloween cookies.

When I saw these cookies on Pinterest, they took my breath away! They are just so vibrant and FUN!

Swirly Cookies pinterest

These amazing cookies were whipped up by Toni over at Make Bake Celebrate. You will want to zip right over there for her full tutorial. She is one of my cookie crushes-shhh.

Here are some pictures from my personal adventure.

Swirly Cookies.jpg

These were so much fun to make! Although, they were a little time-consuming.

When I made my twisted “snake” I just knew my cookies were going to turn out GRAY! I was surprised how bright they were, even after baking.

This was my first time to use AmeriColor food coloring. I really liked it!

I hesitated to even put the sprinkles on there. I’m glad I did. Megan even told me she thought the ones with sprinkles were better than the ones without. (I ran out of sprinkles toward the end.)

I am so glad I tried these fancy cookies! Thanks, Toni, for sharing.

Critics’ Corner

Chip: These cookies stayed nice and moist. I like a moist cookie.

Megan: They were amazingly buttery and moist, even left over. They weren’t overly sweet. Everyone at school was impressed by them.

Katie: They were very colorful, but they just weren’t my type, I think. (Poor Katie is not a fan of sugar cookies. She didn’t want to hurt my feelings in her comment. So sweet.)

I picked up this adorable vintage cream and sugar set at Goodwill this summer. I love the pumpkin spice color! I waited until the weather started to cool off to use them. It just felt like they should be used in the fall.

Pumpkin Spice Cream and Sugar

I didn’t just put plain old cream and sugar in these beauties-oh, no! Well, the cream is plain old whipping cream.

I made Pumpkin Spiced Sugar!

Why I have never thought of this before is beyond me!

All I did was put some sugar in the sugar bowl and mix in some Pumpkin Pie Spice until I liked the look of it.

How easy is that?!

Pumpkin Spiced Coffee

I don’t particularly like the stuff floating on the top. If you think it is too ugly, cover it with whipped cream! That’s what they do at the coffee houses.

Since my Pumpkin Spice Sugar was so yummy and such a brilliant, original, ground-breaking idea (ha!),  I decided to take it a step further.

I had some Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough in the fridge.  I rolled the dough in the Pumpkin Spice Sugar. Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies  were sooooo yummy! Now, yummy I love! Yummy and easy makes me think I have died and gone to heaven! I HIGHLY  recommend making these!

Pumpkin Spiced Cookies

I doubt you’ll be able to find the exact adorable vintage cream & sugar I found. You can at least make yummy, easy Pumpkin Spice Sugar!

vintage cream and sugar

Enjoy!

Oatmeal Scotchies

I sent my oldest off to band camp this week. She has her standard “camp snacks” that she likes to take. (Sorry about the fuzzy picture. I guess that’s what happens when I use my husband’s fancy camera when he is not around.)

Camp snacks

Camp time is the only time I ever buy Ritz bits.

I always send a box of homemade cookies to camp as well. She almost always wants chocolate chip cookies with milk chocolate chips. She is the only one in the family who prefers milk chocolate rather than semi-sweet, so I usually comply. We had 3 bags of butterscotch chips in the pantry. There must have been a sale or something. I asked her if Oatmeal Scotchies would be okay to send.

cooling cookies

My poor children. They said they had never heard of Oatmeal Scotchies! Apparently, I am falling behind in my parenting!

The recipe I used came from a cookbook my mother-in-law gave me one Christmas. However, it is the same as the one you find on the back of the butterscotch chips package.

Trio of Cookies

They were incredible right out of the oven with a cool glass of milk!

These would be great back-to-school cookies. When I took a bite of that warm, homey cookie I could almost hear the marching bands and smell the burning leaves. They really have a nice “fall-y” flavor.

Oatmeal Scotchies

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

¾ cup granulated sugar

¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon cinnamon

3 cups oats, uncooked

2 cups Butterscotch flavored chips

•Heat oven to 375˚.

•Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon with a whisk. Set aside.

•Beat together butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla until creamy.

•Gradually add combined dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix well.

•Stir in oats and butterscotch chips.

•Drop onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

•Bake 8-10 minutes. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet. Remove to wire rack and cool completely.

snack

What kind of snacks do you send with your kids to camp?

Critics’ Corner

Chip: They were good, but they could have used less butterscotch and oatmeal and more chocolate chips and pecans. Still worth eating, though.

Megan: I was a bit skeptical at first, but these gooey little treats easily worked their way into my top 5 favorite cookies.

Katie: A little taste of fall! Scrumdiddlyumptious! : )

Several months ago I stumbled upon a yummy sounding recipe over at The Girl Who Ate Everything. Her Chewy Coconut Lime Cookies sounded so yummy and fresh.

Limes were on sale not long ago. I figured it must be time to try out this recipe.

lime cookie stack | Pork Chop Tuesday

The recipe was delish!

Coconut Lime Cookies

Ingredients:
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 ½ cups white sugar
1 egg
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
zest of one large lime, finely minced
3 tbsp lime juice
½ cup unsweetened toasted coconut
½ cup sugar for rolling cookies

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
3. Using a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until smooth and very fluffy.
4. Beat in egg, vanilla extract, lime juice and lime zest.
5. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients and toasted coconut.
6. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and roll in sugar.(Keep reading to see how my experimenting turned out!) Place on lined cookie sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart.
7. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned.
8. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

I mixed up the cookie dough just fine. It seemed a bit sticky though.

I had a “brilliant” idea. I remembered that I had some leftover green sugar from Christmas. I thought rolling the dough in the green sugar would be cute.

cookies with green sugar | Pork Chop Tuesday

I was wrong!

Since the dough had gotten soft I decided to refrigerate it for a bit. But wait! Brilliant idea #2 hit. I thought that I would make the dough into a log and have slice & bake cookies.

roll of cookie dough | Pork Chop Tuesday

This idea worked out okay. Brilliant? Not so sure about that based on what I did next…

Yes, brilliant idea #3. I decided to roll the dough in the green sugar so it would look like a lime slice. Then I took a glass from the cupboard that had a “lime slice” pattern on the bottom and squished it into the cookie.

stamping with a glass | Pork Chop Tuesday

Brilliant!

Not so much.

Lime looking cookies | Pork Chop Tuesday

While it looks like these cookies would have turned out cute, they didn’t. The pattern was totally lost after baking.

I decided to go back to the original instructions. I used a small scoop to make the cookies then rolled them in white sugar. Nice!

Cookies with white sugar | Pork Chop Tuesday

If you look closely, you can see the lime zest.

Lime Zest | Pork Chop Tuesday

Well, so much for the experimentation. Sometimes a simple yummy cookie is better. They were yummy indeed!

cookie stack | Pork Chop Tuesday

Coconut Lime Cookies | Pork Chop Tuesday

Coconut Cookies with a twist | Pork Chop Tuesday

Critics’ Corner

Chip: Tastes like a tiny little Caribbean island.

Megan: I liked them well enough, but it needed more coconut.

Katie: There was a bit too much lime for me, but it was rather tasty!

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