As you can see (if you're the one person on the planet keeping track....) I didn't blog this weekend. Because this happened:
We lost a tree.
We had hurricane force winds here (which, actually, isn't all that uncommon....), and one of our apple trees in the back yard took a nose dive. I joked with the Big Guy and said, "well....that's one way to get the apples off the top of the tree!" It was the perfect recipe for disaster, really. The previous owners didn't take care of the trees, and what they did do, didn't amount to much. But the tree was over grown and rotted. Add in the wind and there you have it.
The trees in the back yard are getting a major trimming in March as they're just SO over grown and big. Really, for everyone's safety, we need to trim them back and get them under control.
With that....let's chat about today's question.
Today you made ______________.
Well. It's still early yet today, and the only thing I've made today is coffee and my lunch. But I did bring in cookies this morning for the office.
Pumpkin Chai Snicker Doodles with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting.
Yes I did.
I feel like they're missing *just* a little something. I'm not sure what. Maybe more pumpkin? A little more spice? Not sure. But, here is the recipe if you'd like it.
Pumpkin Chai Snicker Doodles with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
*Adapted from the 5 Dollar Dinners Website & their original link to their adapted cookie
1/2 cup of butter flavored shortening**
1/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 T of pumpkin pie spice
1 t of cardamom
3 cups flour--sifted
1 1/2 t of baking powder
1/2 t of salt
Set aside 1/4 cup of white sugar + 1 T of cinnamon + 1 t of nutmeg
1 stick of butter at room temp
1/2 a block of cream cheese at room temp
1 t of vanilla
2 t of pumpkin pie spice
2 cups of powdered sugar (sifted)
preheat oven to 350
Cream together shortening & sugars. Scrape down sides of the bowl, add in egg, vanilla and pumpkin. Scrape down sides again, add in spices, flour, baking powder & salt.
In a small bowl mix together sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Scoop cookies by the teaspoon full and roll into balls. Roll balls of dough in the spiced sugar mixture. Place on cookie sheet and flatten out with the bottom of a glass of jar as cookies will not rise or flatten out.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Once cooled, frost with cream cheese frosting.
**If you are opposed to shortening, using 1 stick of butter instead is just fine. I prefer shortening as it is always at room temperature.