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Pumpkin Cookie Bars with Cinnamon Icing

Pumpkin cookies with icing;  Cover these egg-free pumpkin cookies with icing and watch them come to life!

Egg-free Pumpkin Bars with Cinnamon Frosting from JensFavoriteCookies.com - These will put you in the mood for fall!September is almost over, so I guess it’s time for me to hop on the pumpkin recipe bandwagon.

Which is not a problem.  I love pumpkin desserts.  The only problem has been that it has been unseasonably warm here, and it just doesn’t feel like fall yet.

This weekend, however, brought rain and lots of it.  A big storm even woke me out of a dead sleep, which is not something that commonly happens to me.  I can sleep through just about anything.

At any rate, the cool temps and overcast skies put me in the mood for pumpkin, and I dreamed up these pumpkin cookie bars and gave them cinnamon frosting, just for fun.

After I started thinking about them, I couldn’t wait to get started baking them!  I broke out the pumpkin right away.

Egg-free Pumpkin Bars with Cinnamon Frosting from JensFavoriteCookies.com - These will put you in the mood for fall!

One nice thing about pumpkin is it is naturally wet, which means you can use it to replace eggs in a baking recipe.  Lots of pumpkin recipes are sort of naturally egg-free.

Which is nice for the egg-allergy crowd.  Especially if they are also the pumpkin-loving crowd.

And who isn’t?

Egg-free Pumpkin Bars with Cinnamon Frosting from JensFavoriteCookies.com - These will put you in the mood for fall!Egg-free Pumpkin Bars with Cinnamon Frosting from JensFavoriteCookies.com - These will put you in the mood for fall!

I guess it’s time for me to embrace fall.  I always hate to see summer go, but fall really is lovely too.

My dog is loving this fall weather.  He sits outside in the sun, and just sits there, and sits there.  It’s even better if it’s a little windy and he can put his face into the wind.

He’s probably in the mood for pumpkin cookies too!


Want more?  Try these egg-free desserts!

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Pumpkin Cookie Bars with Cinnamon Icing
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An egg-free spiced pumpkin cookie bar with cinnamon frosting.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 15
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk or half & half
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Cream butter and sugars. Add pumpkin and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add salt, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, and mix well. Add flour and mix until combined.
  3. Drop dough into a greased or lined 9x13 dish or quarter sheet pan. Press and smooth dough until it evenly covers the entire surface. Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes, until slightly browned on the edges, and not doughy in the center. Remove from oven and let cool.
  4. For frosting, combine all ingredients in a bowl, using electric beaters to mix until smooth and creamy. Frost cooled bars.
  5. Cut into 15 large or 20 small bars.


Cinnamon Spice Granola

Recipes for homemade granola; Honey, cinnamon, and other spices are in this recipes for homemade granola.  Your family will love it!

Cinnamon Spice Granola from Jen's Favorite CookiesI’ve learned a lot of piano pieces in my day.  Some of my favorites are those that sound a lot harder than they are.  I love it when a gorgeous piano solo is easy to learn and play, but sounds like you spent months preparing it.

I also love when the piece looks harder than it is.  I remember once when a friend with a gorgeous voice but very little ability to read music asked me to accompany her while she sang.  She nervously handed me this piece of sheet music which she thought looked very complicated and difficult.  I felt super cool telling her, “This is nothing.  I can play this right now.”

Of course, it wasn’t nearly as cool the next time I played for her, when she handed me this bear of a piece that she thought nothing of.  I guess we can’t win them all.

To me, granola is like one of those awesome pieces.  It is super easy to make, you almost don’t even need a recipe, but it leaves a big impression.  It’s simple, yes, but tasty, versatile, and so much better than cold cereal out of a box.  Nothing against cold cereal, but your family will know they are getting something special when they eat homemade granola, especially when it’s still a little warm.

Cinnamon Spice Granola from Jen's Favorite Cookies

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Hot Spiced Cider

Spiced hot cider recipes; this spiced hot cider recipe is quick and easy to make and delicious!

spiced-hot-cider-recipesWe don’t drink many hot beverages around here, even in the winter.  We aren’t coffee drinkers, and Robb usually complains about hot chocolate being too sweet, which just leaves us with the occasional cup of herbal tea, and this hot spiced cider.

Hot spiced cider has long been a family favorite.  We usually buy the packaged mixes, for convenience, but every once in a while, I like to make the real stuff.  The kind made from actual apples.

I usually only make it when Robb is sick.  Maybe one of these days I’ll convince him to make it when I’m sick!

It just feel so good to have something clear, warm, sweet, and a little spicy when you have a sore throat or a cough.  It’s not a cure, by any means, but it brings some welcome relief, let me tell you.

Hot Spiced Cider from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I like to throw the spices right into the pot with the cider.  Some people like to complain about that.

“There’s a lot of… stuff in the bottom of my cup.”
“That’s the stuff that makes it taste good.”
{looks skeptical}

Hot Spiced Cider from Jen's Favorite Cookies

If you’re not a big fan of “stuff” in the bottom of your cup, you can totally wrap up all your spices in a piece of cheesecloth, tie it up in a neat little package with a piece of string, and drop the whole thing in the pot.  When you’re ready to serve your cider, just retrieve the packet of spices and toss it.

Voila!  A hot drink the whole family can enjoy!

 More wintery beverages you might like:

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Hot Spiced Cider
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A warm spiced apple drink.
Recipe type: Beverages
Serves: 3
  • 2 cups apple juice or apple cider
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp. cloves
  • ½ T. butter
  1. Place apple juice in a pan with water, sugar, and spices.
  2. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until hot but not boiling.
  3. Remove from heat, add butter, and stir until melted. Serve hot.

 If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Hot Cider Nog from Hannah and Bryan
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Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Oatmeal Cookie Recipe; This oatmeal cookie recipe uses both chocolate chips and cinnamon chips.  Bake these oatmeal cookies as bars for a fun twist!

oatmeal-cookie-recipeI love that my nieces and nephews are also some of my kids best friends.  The other day, my niece was over all day, and it was fun watching how the girls entertained themselves.

They are very big on Monster High Dolls.  Have you seen these?  They are dang cute, but I don’t recommend them for little girls, because there are lots of little pieces, and they tend to come apart easily.  For the girls in double-digits, they are perfect.  Both girls dragged their entire (substantial) collections out to the trampoline, and with yard lights and head lamps, they spent hours deep in imagination land.

After a trip to Grandma’s to pick apricots, and a trip to Costco to buy a new vacuum, these girls continued to find ways to entertain themselves.  First, they did their hair and makeup.  Then, they used Hippie Chick’s white board easel to announce that they would be giving makeovers to any willing party.

As it turned out, our oldest son The Lizard and a visiting friend both took advantage of the makeovers.  I thought it was sweet of them to let the girls put makeup on their faces and paint their fingernails.

oatmeal cookie recipe

The boys reward for being patient guinea pigs was cookies.  That fact was settled on in the early stages of negotiations.

The girls and I had fun figuring out what kind of cookie we could make with the ingredients we had on hand.  I found a half bag of chocolate chips and a half bag of cinnamon chips, and The Hippie Chick suggested oatmeal cookies, and voila!  A heavenly concoction was born.

They did all the work, and I sat on the other side of the counter and… uh… supervised.  Yep.  Being a supervisor is the best job ever.

oatmeal cookies

We decided to just bake these up as bars, and we used a quarter sheet pan.  (These pans are about 9.5″ x 13″.)  We baked for about 20 minutes.  They did turn out a touch gooey, which frankly doesn’t bother me at all, but those squeemish about eggs might want a little more baking time, like say 25-30 minutes.  I also gave them a good 30 minutes to cool before cutting.  I would say that is the minimum amount of cooling time, as they were almost ready to cut at that point.

Of course, you could also make a slightly thinner bar by using less of the dough or a larger baking sheet.  You could also just drop them like regular cookies, and give them 8-10 minutes to bake.

I like the idea of the bars, because it leaves you 20-30 minutes of free time to do the really important stuff.

Like applying make-up to nearby males.

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Snickerdoodles!  This snickerdoodles recipe is simple and no-fuss.  This classic snickerdoodles cookie will be a hit with any crowd.

SnickerdoodlesI don’t make Snickerdoodles much.  Truth be told, I’m not a huge fan.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against them, they’ve just never been my favorite.  Maybe {definitely} it’s my chocoholic nature.

Robb loves them, though.  {He’s not a chocoholic.  I’m not sure why I married him.}  And with a family camping trip coming up quick, I figured I had better make a big batch of them to take with us.  They’re great for camping, because they aren’t too messy… no chocolate to get melty or frosting to get all over everything.

Plus, they’re classic.  People understand Snickerdoodles.  They know what they’re getting.  There are no surprises and no wondering if you have to pretend to have an allergy to one of the ingredients.


My grandma has been making Snickerdoodles for years, and I got this recipe from her.  Her version uses a cup of butter, and please understand, there ain’t nothing wrong with that, but sometimes I use shortening instead.

The butter enthusiasts are pulling their hair out right now.

It’s just that they are a little easier to bake when made with shortening.  They hold their shape better.  I don’t have to smash them flat with the bottom of a glass like I do with the butter version.  A quick drop of the baking sheet when the cookies first come out of the oven, and they are flat as a pancake.

Just as they should be.


So, in the interest of full disclosure, here are the changes if you want to make yours with butter:

Use 1 cup of softened butter instead of 1 cup of shortening.
Use 3 3/4 cups flour instead of 3 1/2 cups.
Roll dough into little balls to bake, and use the bottom of a small glass to smash them flat when they first come out of the oven.  Then let them sit on the baking sheet a couple minutes before you move them to a cooling rack.

And voila!  Perfect Snickerdoodles… whichever recipe you choose.



Classic snickerdoodles, coated in cinnamon and sugar.

Cook Time 9 minutes
Servings 5 dozen


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 1/2 cups flour

For Rolling:

  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


  1. Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.

  2. Add cream of tartar, salt, and soda, and mix well. Add flour, and mix just until combined.

  3. In a separate dish, mix sugar and cinnamon.

  4. Roll dough into balls, roll balls in cinnamon mixture to coat. Place on baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

  5. Drop baking sheet on the countertop immediately after removing from oven, to flatten cookies. Let cookies sit for 1-2 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.

Molasses Cookies with Caramel Cinnamon Glaze

Recipe for crisp molasses cookies with caramel cinnamon glaze; This molasses cookie is similar to a gingersnap, and the glaze is made with cinnamon chips and caramels.

molasses cookieA friend and I decided to join a diet challenge recently.  And then this happened… crunchy molasses cookies with creamy cinnamon caramel glaze.

Do you have any idea how hard it is to diet AND be a dessert blogger?  It practically impossible.

Me: How am I supposed to diet with THESE in the house?
Friend: What. Are. THOSE?!!

I knew she would approve, because she kind of has a thing for caramel lattes.  I’m partial to dark chocolate cocoa with those tiny little dehydrated marshmallows.  I just loved this cookie when it took the form of gingerbread last winter.  It was excellent with the dark chocolate cocoa I had for breakfast.

Which probably explains why I’m dieting now.

This time around, I left out all the spices except the cinnamon.  I wanted something less spicy, still crunchy and with that yummy rich molasses flavor.  The glaze just really took it over the top.

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And I’m well aware that spring isn’t really the traditional time for molasses cookies.  But I’m bucking the system, fighting the MAN, getting wild and crazy and eating molasses cookies any time I darn well want to.

I make no apologies.

I could start drinking eggnog any minute now.

And can we just talk about the creamy-dreamy evil genius that is cinnamon chips?  They make everything better.  Adding cinnamon chips to melted caramel is so deliciously tempting and diet-busting.

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I will admit that this glaze turned out a touch thinner and stickier than I anticipated.  The cookies that were glazed and then stored for a day got a little soft on the glazed parts.

I recommend glazing right before serving.

Any non-glazed cookies will store for quite a long time in an air-tight container, but the glazed cookies will definitely need wax paper to sit on, and a life span of not more than a day or two.

Which is only a problem if you’re on a diet!

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Brown Butter Breakfast Puffs

These mini-muffins puffs can be made in a cake-pop maker.  This recipe for brown butter mini-muffins is easy, fast and delicious!  Bake these in a cake pop maker, then roll in brown butter, and cinnamon and sugar.

brown butter I’m so bad at cleaning the kitchen.  I just hate that job.

Yesterday, I spent a bunch of time scrubbing the sink and washing the pots that didn’t come clean in the dishwasher and putting away all the accumulated crap on the counter.  It feels so good to have a clean kitchen.

But… as soon as the kitchen is clean, and I do mean AS SOON AS, I feel an overwhelming urge to use everything in it.  I can dirty a spotless kitchen in no time flat.

My husband is obviously thrilled.

Today I came home from running all my errands, took one look at the sparkling clean sink, and decided it was time to bake.

mini muffins

Smitten Kitchen might be the best food blog on the planet.  I’ve made these gorgeous breakfast puffs several times, and it was the first thing that came to mind when I decided to bake some afternoon snacks.

There are few things in this life tastier than brown butter.

I generally like to make some changes to a recipe, just to make it my own.  Or because I don’t have all the required ingredients and I’m too lazy to go to the store.  In this case, though, I deviated NOT.  Not one little bit.

brown butter

Except in this one way, which is that Smitten bakes hers in a mini muffin pan, and I did them in a cake pop maker.

It makes everything so bite-sized and lovely, doesn’t it?

And since they were all cute and round, I went ahead and rolled the entire thing in brown butter, and cinnamon-sugar, instead of just the muffin tops.  And, if you’re going to do that, you might need a little more butter, like 8 T., instead of the 6 T. in the original recipe.

Just be sure to clean up right away, so you’re ready when the urge strikes to bake something else!

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Cinnamon Palmiers (Elephant Ears)

palmierI’m a self-admitted self-help junkie.  I can barely stand to read fiction at all.  Even the tv shows I watch are all about making life better, improving your business, or solving puzzles.

It’s a disease, but I love it.

The Animal Planet channel recently appeared on our channel selection out of nowhere.  Since we are recent new dog owners, I was hoping to come across It’s Me Or The Dog, which by the way hasn’t happened yet.  {Still watching episodes on YouTube.}  I’ve had to settle for My Cat From Hell instead.  I actually really enjoyed this show, despite the fact that I hate cats.

Don’t worry, Carla.  I’m still voting for Murray.

Elephant Ears

Here’s the thing: the host of this show refers to the people as “cat guardians.”  This really rubs me the wrong way.  Why does he do that?  Robb says it’s because cat people love the idea that you can’t really own cat, but a cat allows you to care for it.  I don’t know if that’s really true, and maybe the cat people of the world can chime in and explain this to me, but if it is…

…SERIOUSLY!  You own the cat, you are responsible for the cat, you are a cat owner.

Sorry, Jackson Galaxy.  We’ll have to agree to disagree on this one.

phyllo dough

Talking about cats makes me want to eat elephant ears.  Okay, no, not really.  I just couldn’t think of a good segue between cats and Palmier cookies.  {By the way, if you’re wondering about the pronunciation, it’s PALM-EE-AY.  You can thank the French for that one.}

I learned about these cookies a while ago, and I was way excited to try them.  And not because they are the easiest cookie of all time, and possibly created for lazy women in yoga pants who want to make cookies during commercial breaks.  It’s because they sounded so tasty.


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Palmier cookie


Puff Pastry is a touch fussy to work with, but if you work with it when it’s about halfway between frozen and thawed, it’s not too bad.  I love the cute heart shapes these create.  I mean, yes, they would be adorable for Valentine’s day, but who needs an excuse to eat something like this?  I personally love eating them with a cup of hot Wassail, but they are equally as enjoyable with no beverage at all.

Plus, they look like you worked really hard and fussed over them all afternoon, when probably you were just watching old episodes of CSI.

Icing on the cake!

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Cinnamon Palmiers (Elephant Ears)
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A simple cookie made from puff pastry and sugar.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 24
  • I piece of puff pastry (*see note)
  • about ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  1. Sprinkle work surface with about ¼ cup sugar. Combine remaining ½ cup sugar with cinnamon in a small dish.
  2. Place thawed puff pastry on top, and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.
  3. Roll out slightly, then roll both sides toward the middle. Let this chill for about 15 minutes.
  4. Cut ½" slices, brush each side with water, and sprinkle with more cinnamon and sugar mixture. Place on baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Remove immediately, and allow to cool.
*I bought a box of frozen puff pastry, and there are two pieces of dough in the box. I used one pieces for this recipe. You can also make your own pastry, if you prefer.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Lemon Palmier Twirls from Sophistimom

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Apple Pie Cookies with Salted Caramel Frosting

apple cookieI try to keep my writing on this blog pretty lighthearted and entertaining, but some days are not like that.  Some days you want to curl up in a ball and listen to The Carpenters and eat Chubby Hubby.

I remember when Robb and I were first married, about 500 years ago, and I discovered that he knew how to make pie crust.  I had this idea in my head that pie crust was super complicated and fussy and hard to make, so I was impressed.  I liked it when he would make coconut cream pie with his homemade crust.  He would slice up the pieces of leftover crust and sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar and bake them up.  It felt really comforting.

He’s really good at taking care of me when I’m listening to “Rainy Days and Mondays.”

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Cinnamon Waffle Cookies

Whose idea was it to break my vacuum the same week I got a dog?  Thanks for that, universe.  Good one.

My bedroom has been in a pretty desperate condition, overflowing with useless crap, and dirty clothes, and dust.  I just keep putting new containers on the floor.  My husband has about had it with me and the bedroom mess.  I’d love to tell you that I put it off because my vacuum broke, but honestly, I was putting it off long before that.

Today, I borrowed a vacuum from my neighbor, and tackled the bedroom.  I’m allergic to dust, so I was not really enjoying myself, but I distracted myself from the discomfort with some episodes of What Not to Wear and The Office.

Did I ever tell you how much I love having a DVR?

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Carrot Cookies

A crumbly carrot cake – like cookie with cream cheese frosting.

Source: Adapted from a recipe given to me by my neighbor, Cheryl, who says her grandmother has been making it for years.  

Yield: About 3-4 dozen

Carrot cake always seems like an autumn dessert to me.  I think it’s the cinnamon that does it.  But, with Easter and bunnies and eggs, a carrot-based dessert seemed appropriate.  My friend and neighbor Cheryl brought me a plate full of these cookies, along with a copy of the recipe, quite some time ago.  I stashed the recipe away in my files, and made a mental note to make my own batch sometime, but there always seemed to be something more… I don’t know… chocolate to make.  Thanks to the onset of Easter, I finally had a good excuse to mix up the cookie I have intended to bake for months now.

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Cinnamon Waffles with Cooked Apple Topping

We probably eat waffles once a week at our house.  They cook quickly, and everyone loves them, and it is easy to create variations with chocolate chips, fruits, spices, and fun syrups.  This week, I kept the waffles simple and made a nice apple topping to give them some life.  It was pretty simple, and only took a few minutes to do.  I see more of these fruit toppings in our breakfast future!

I used Gala apples, because frankly, that’s what was in my fridge.  I love Gala and Fuji for eating plain, but normally use something more tart like Granny Smith or Pink Cripps for cooking with.  The really lovely thing about the way I cook is that I am not that picky!  I will use what I have and make the best of it, even if it is not ideal.  I probably would not use a softer apple for this, however.  Something like Red Delicious is too sweet and soft to work well cooked.

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A great recipe for a classic Snickerdoodle cookie.

Source: My grandma. I have no idea where she got it.

Yield: 4-5 dozen

This past Christmas saw some rather pathetic Snickerdoodles at our family gatherings. Mine turned out too gooey and underdone. My mother-in-law’s turned out too crispy. I somehow think that making Snickerdoodles is something of an art form. It doesn’t seem like a tough cookie to make, but it has only rarely produced results that have made me happy.

I recently tried this new recipe. (New to me, that is.) My Grandma sent it to me, and gave it good reviews. (She also sent a recipe for Molasses Snickerdoodles that I can’t wait to try!) I think this one is better than the recipe I made last Christmas, but I still wasn’t super happy with the results. I don’t think it’s the recipe, though. I think it’s the baker.