Monthly Archives: October 2012

Banana Pomegranate Oat Muffins

pomegranate muffinsI’m on this quest to introduce new foods to my family all the time.  However, it seems I’ve never given them pomegranate.  Go figure.

Robb says pomegranates are more trouble than they’re worth.  He’s wrong.

I took all the arils out of one pomegranate, and debated about what to do with them.  I mean, I can’t just leave them sitting there, to eat plain.  Not that there’s anything wrong with eating them plain (we ate quite a few).  It’s just that I like to bake, and pomegranates are seriously beautiful.

There’s a school of thought that says that pomegranates are the original tempting fruit from the Garden of Eden.  I sort of disagree, because something that is that hard to eat is actually not that tempting right off the tree…  but I get their point.  This fruit is gorgeous, delicious, sweet, tart, everything a fruit should be.

muffin recipe

And speaking of troubles with fruits… I’ve been getting very distressed about my inability to keep bananas around long enough to bake with.  Last time, I bought two bunches of bananas, one for eating, and one for getting ripe and baking with.  An Entire Dozen bananas.  When I was down to my last three browning bananas, The Fruitarian asked me if he could have one.  “There’s only one banana left, Mom.  Can I have it?”

“What do you mean, there’s only one left?!!”  I think Robb was nervous to admit that he ate two of them with milk and sugar only a few minutes earlier.

I.  Give.  Up.  Baking with bananas is just a dream now. Continue reading “Banana Pomegranate Oat Muffins” »

Cookies & Cream Pudding Cookies

Oreo Pudding Cookies - There’s something weird about cookies with cookies in them.

Only when you think about, though.  When you taste the cookies with cookies in them, it doesn’t seem weird at all.

Why did I never think of this as a kid?  Putting cookies in the cookies… it’s brilliant!  My friends and I used to make cookies all the time, but we always made boring things like chocolate chip or oatmeal chocolate chip or chocolate chip with peanut butter chip.

We were super creative.

I had one friend that didn’t really like baking the cookies, just mixing them up.  Fortunately, her mom liked baking them but didn’t like mixing them up.  It was a match made in heaven.  We would mix up some cookie dough, head to the basement for an episode of Days of Our Lives, and the head back upstairs for warm cookies.

Soap operas are way more fun to watch with a friend, by the way. Oreo Pudding Cookies -

My kids and their friends needed both entertainment and sustenance, and as cookies are all the rage at our house, that’s how they spent their evening.  We had a box of Oreo Cookies & Cream instant pudding mix in the pantry, and 4 Oreos left in the package I was trying to save.  (as if)  Throw in some chocolate chips, and you’ve got yourself some fantastic cookies, my friends.

After I left the house, my kids discovered that the box of baking soda was gone.  They solved the problem by walking around the neighborhood, begging for baking soda.  The first four houses they went to were empty.

Either that, or the homeowners looked out the window, saw it was my kids at the door, and decided to pretend they were gone.

Don’t worry, neighbors.  I’m not judging.  I may have done the same thing myself.

Oreo Pudding Cookies -

Oreo Pudding Cookies -

After I heard this story, I walked to the pantry and pulled out not one, but two full boxes of baking soda.  It was rather a distressing moment for the kids.  I, for one, am glad they went wandering around the neighborhood in the freezing cold, because seriously?!  These cookies are so awesome.

Awe.  Some.

The texture?  Perfect.  A touch crispy, but still soft, perfect for dunking.  The taste?  Amazing.  The chocolate chips?  Just the right addition in just the right amount.  The size?  Far, far too small. Next time, I’m doubling the size of these.  Maybe that way I’ll eat half as many.

Want more?  Check out these Oreo inspired favorites!

strawberry-oreo-pudding-cookiesStrawberry Oreo
Pudding Cookies
homemade oreoSmall & Crispy
Oreo Cookies


Cookies & Cream Pudding Cookies
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Total time
A very easy cookie made with cookies & cream instant pudding mix.
Recipe type: cookies
Serves: 3 dozen
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 (3 oz) box cookies & cream instant pudding mix
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2¼ cup flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  1. Cream butter and sugars together. Add eggs, vanilla, and pudding mix and mix well.
  2. Add baking soda and flour, and mix until combined.
  3. Add chocolate chips and mix just until incorporated.
  4. Drop by spoonfuls onto a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Pumpkin No Bake Cookies

These easy no bake cookies are made with pumpkin. Non bake cookies are a quick and easy solution!

Pumpkin No-Bake Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.comWhen I say I’m getting a new oven, what I mean is, I’m taking the oven that’s been in my brother’s garage for 2 years.

I mean, some people like to go to the store, compare features, pick their favorite appliance, and purchase it new.  But not me.

Our dining set used to belong to my parents.  Our bed was a wedding gift.  Our dresser used to belong to my parents.  Our hide-a-bed couch used to belong to Robb’s parents.  Our piano used to belong to my grandparents.  Our car was 11 years old when we bought it.  Even our television was a gift.  I’m not so sure the kids were ours originally.

Strike that.  Yes I am.  I have fond memories of pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum recovery.


I just want to be sure you are not deceived when you see me writing about my “new oven” on my Facebook page, or pinning tips about cleaning glasstop stoves.

Pumpkin No-Bake Cookies from

While I’m waiting to get my old oven out and my new oven in, I’m making stovetop cookies.  Easy, fast, delicious, no-bake, stovetop cookies.  With pumpkin for fall. Continue reading “Pumpkin No Bake Cookies” »

Great Halloween Treats

Halloween treatsFall is a great time to bake.  It’s the perfect time to bake, actually, because it’s finally cooling off outside, and you might actually want to put yourself in an oven-warmed kitchen.

Oh, unless your oven is throwing sparks all over your food instead of cooking it.

And fall is a wonderful time to put the summer fruity desserts behind you and dive face-first into something chocolate or spicy or made with squash.  It’s a wonderful time to break out the cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.

Unless the heating element in your oven BROKE IN HALF.

I’m pretty sure my oven was original to my house, which is now 25 years old.  She was a good oven, may she rest in peace.

While my ability to bake has been temporarily thwarted, I’m leaving you with a collection of recent fall favorites.  These are recipes that would be perfect for Halloween, or just October in general.

Just try to pace yourself… you don’t want your oven to blow.

Homemade halloween treats

Homemade Gumdrops and why I hate making candy.

Pumpkin Swirl Sugar Cookies with help from Happy Man.

Molasses Snickerdoodles and my lament about losing television.

Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies, the cure for Mondays.

(not pictured) Pumpkin Gingersnaps, the most dangerously tasty raw dough ever.

Halloween Printables in case you need to take a break from baking in order to decorate.

Fall Food Link Party to find great ideas from other great people.


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Chocolate No-Bake Mini Cheesecakes

Chocolate Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts.  These no bake cheesecakes are simple to make and come in individual servings.

Chocolate no-bake cheesecakesRobb keeps telling me how old he is.  Him: I feel really old right now.  Me: Stop it.

Case in point, we met, or rather glanced, our oldest son’s math teacher recently.  We went to his choir concert, and after the concert his teacher passed by and told him she really enjoyed the concert.  We took her for one of the students.

Robb and Me: Who was that girl?  The Lizard: That was my math teacher.  Robb: I feel really old right now.

Another moment happened recently when Robb decided to revisit the good-old-days and give the Hippie Chick a unicorn pegasus ride to bed.  When she was little, this was a nightly routine.  Robb would get on all fours, Hippie Chick would climb on his back and ceremoniously place a “corn” on his forehead.  Then he would run (crawl) around the house, knocking obstacles out of the way, killing bad guys, and getting his “corn” stuck in trees.  11-year-olds are not nearly as enthralled with the idea of riding a unicorn pegasus as 5-year-olds are.

Robb: It’s a good thing we had kids when we were young.  I’m too old for this.  Me:  You looked good, though.

chocolate cream pie

But nothing makes you feel old as realizing that you have become a fuddy-duddy.  Do you remember when you were a kid and your parents thought all the latest styles and all your amazing fun ideas were ridiculous?  I mean, my parents did NOT understand pegged pants.

My Dad: Your kids are going to make fun of you for this one day.  Me: MY kids would never do any such thing.

My kids had this amazing idea to sleep on the trampoline with their friends… in late October.  We don’t live in Arizona, people.  We live in Utah.  Home of the Winter Olympics.  We explained to them how uncomfortable they would be, but they were not deterred.  We explained that the trampoline is possibly the coldest place in the entire yard to sleep, but they were unconvinced.

Kids: It’s fun, we like it!  Robb and Me: Fine, whatever.  We’ll leave the door open.

The boys made it until about 5:00 am, when the dew hit them.  The girls, to their credit, slept soundly until 9:00 am.

Robb: Why do they even want to do that?  Me: We’re getting really old.

Easy mini cheesecake

To help my quest to feel young again, I made a dessert that is easy and chocolatey and kid-sized.  It feels like a special treat your mom might have left in the fridge for you to discover.  Or maybe it’s the first thing you made in Home Ec in 7th grade.  Or maybe it’s a brilliant idea that you and your best friend had one late night when bored.

I found this amazing Sharffen-Berger chocolate bar called “Milk Nibby,” which is milk chocolate with roasted cacao nibs.  It took all the restraint my adult self could muster to use the entire bar in the dessert and not take a huge bite out of it.  My 12-year-old self would never have been able to withstand the temptation.  This is a 3 oz. bar, but feel free to use whatever brand you want.  I did kind of wish it was a touch more chocolatey, so if your bar is 4 oz, go ahead and use the whole thing.

And then put on your one-piece jammies, watch some cartoons, and dive into your amazing no-bake chocolate and cream cheese creation head first.
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Almond Shortbread Cookies

shortbread recipePeople ask me all the time, “Jen, is it weird having a 15 year old, when you yourself are only 25?”

Well, yes it is, now that you mention it.

You know what else is weird?  How many times I’ve turned 25.  I mean my friends keep getting older every year, and I just keep staying 25.  *ahem*

At my most recent 25th birthday (which was just a few weeks ago), my name-sharing BFF Jen gave me these adorable as heck cupcake-shaped cookie cutters.  I mean, seriously… how cute are these?!

She also gave me an actual cupcake.  From One Sweet Slice.  {a.k.a. Heaven}  If you haven’t heard of them, One Sweet Slice is a local cupcake bakery that not too long ago won an episode of Cupcake Wars.  They claim to have award-winning cupcakes, brownies, and other stuff.

They claim correctly.  It’s lucky I don’t live closer to this place.  Seriously.

The only problem I have now is deciding what kind of cookie dough to turn into cupcake-shaped cookies.  Which is not a real problem at all.

I’ve done regular sugar cookies.  And chocolate sugar cookies.  And oatmeal cut-out cookies.  And more recently, pumpkin sugar cookies.  I had this brilliant idea to make peanut butter sugar cookies with chocolate frosting to celebrate my birthday.

shortbread cookies

This resulted in the single ugliest cookie I have ever seen in my life.  EPIC Failure.

I spent a few days licking my wounds about it, too, before I decided to make something that will really keep it’s shape, so I can see the cute cupcake… Shortbread Cookies.

This resulted in the second ugliest cookie I have ever seen in my life.  ANOTHER epic failure.

I really wish I could describe with words what I suspect the look on my face is describing right now.  What’s the word? Frustration?  Anger?  Barely contained psychotic rage?  Let’s just say I was NOT. HAPPY.

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Garlic Parmesan Oven Fries

garlic cheese friesI’m like Luke Skywalker, in that people have been enticing me toward the dark side for years.  The dark side being the iPhone.  Except, unlike Luke, the encouragement actually worked on me.

Does that make me Darth Vadar?

I was using an HTC Thunderbolt, which, don’t get me wrong, I loved, but it was having issues that were getting worse and worse all the time.  I dragged my sick little phone into the cell phone store, and the cell phone doctor told me my phone’s disease was permanent and untreatable.  But, hooray!  I have an upgrade available.  I can just find a new phone to love.

There were only TWO “free” upgrade smart phones available, and the iPhone was one of them.  And “free” is in quotes because apparently “free” means $30 plus more for whatever accessories you want.

Apparently all the cell phone companies are doing it.

Like lemmings.

home fries with parmesan

But I digress.  I’m now using my iPhone to connect to all my favorite social media outlets.  And despite the extensive list of reasons my brother gave me to love Android more than iPhone, I find I just really love my iPhone.

Which actually encouraged me to indulge in some other things I love, including but not restricted to: chocolate shakes, an afternoon in bed, a re-read of some of my favorite self-help books, Tim Minchin videos, my favorite slippers, and…


Lovely, buttery, crusted with cheese, golden, garlic potatoes.

With sour cream to dip them in. Continue reading “Garlic Parmesan Oven Fries” »

Glazed Muffin Bites

cake pop muffinsI’ve really hesitated to jump on to the cake pops bandwagon.  Mostly because I didn’t own a cake pop maker.

Some friends made cake pops once, where they scooped out pieces of a baked cake, and smushed and rolled them into balls with their hands.  This idea is not one I find appealing.

Plus, I think cake pops are a super cute party treat for little kids, but I don’t have any little kids.  My kids are all big and obnoxious mature.

All that changed when I found myself in possession of a brand new cake pop maker, courtesy of an awesome friend who has known me since the dawn of time.  I did a little research, and realized that these are really close in size to a mini-muffin… which means they’re not just for cake and you’re certainly not required to put them on a stick.

I decided to prove that by using a recipe for muffins to give this cake pop maker it’s maiden voyage.

mini muffin

I have made these muffins before, but had completely forgotten about them, until I went rummaging through my recipe file, looking for something else.  This one was right near the top, staring at me.  Begging me to pay attention to it.  Daring me to bring it to life.

If you are not in possession of a cake pop maker, don’t despair.  This recipe will work as mini-muffins, or as regular muffins for that matter.

They just won’t be as cute.

mini muffins

The real problem with cute foods is that the value of their cuteness completely disappears in the presence of teenage boys.  It’s really unfortunate.  On the other hand, the rate at which the boys devour these might just make up for it.  My poor hardworking husband spent his day doing manual labor, and didn’t even have any muffin bites to come home to.

Just because I’m your friend and stuff, I’ll make you a list of reasons to make these: Breakfast; After school snack; Late night movie party; Sack lunches; Finger food for guests; Just because you feel like it.

In other words, I’ve listed this as a breakfast food, because technically it’s a muffin, but you should find some other ways to use it.  This will not be a difficult task at all.  Just make sure you save a couple for yourself before you put a basket full of them in front of a gaggle of teenage boys.

4.3 from 3 reviews
Glazed Muffin Bites
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A mini muffin cooked in a cake pop maker and glazed.
Recipe type: breakfast
Serves: 3-4 dozen
For Muffin:
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp. nutmeg
  • 2¾ cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
For Glaze:
  • 3 T. butter, melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¾ tsp. vanilla
  • 2 T. hot water
  1. Combine butter, oil, sugar and brown sugar, and mix well. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg, and stir until well incorporated.
  3. Add flour alternately with milk, mixing until well combined.
  4. Heat cake pop maker, add spoonfuls of dough to each well. Cook according to manufacturer's instructions (about 4 minutes). Remove balls from cake pop maker, and continue with another round, until dough is all cooked.
  5. Prepare glaze by mixing all ingredients together until smooth. Dip cooked muffin bites into glaze and allow to cool. If desired, dip a second time.
If you do not have a cake pop maker, you can bake these as muffins. Cook regular muffins for 15-17 minutes at 400 degrees, or mini muffins 12-15 minutes at 375 degrees.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Pumpkin Poppers from Clever Housewife

Banana Chocolate Chunk Mini Muffins from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

Cinnamon Brown Butter Breakfast Puffs from Smitten Kitchen

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Homemade Gumdrops

Goody Goody Gumdrops!  Now you can make your own homemade gumdrops for Halloween or just for fun.

goody goody gumdropsI think my kids attend the last elementary school in America that allows a Halloween parade.  It’s the best part of Halloween, if you ask me.

Except that I use the term “kids” loosely, since I only have one kid in elementary school, and it’s her very last year. *sniff sniff*  Which means it’s the last year I’ll be worrying about Halloween costumes.  It also means this year’s costume will probably be weird, because the 6th graders are never as cute and inventive as the 1st graders.

The little kids march around, dressed as the super hero of the year, or a pumpkin, or a bumblebee.  Their moms and grandmas take proud pictures. The big kids throw on an old drapey thing left over from the year Scream came out.  Or they dress as babies.  {pet peeve: I can’t stand seeing a 12 year old kid with a pacifier, even at Halloween!}  Or they put paint on their faces and come as… well, nothing, but with painted faces.

My daughter, the Hippie Chick, wants to be a gothic nerd this year.

homemade gumdrops

I have tried Every. Year. For. Seven. Years. to talk her into being a witch.  It’s adorable, she could wear cute stripey tights and carry a twiggy broomstick.  But she remains unconvinced.  It’s gothic nerd or nothing.

Ugh.  I kind of hate Halloween.  And not just because of the costumes.  It’s mostly because I really hate spending money on candy.

Also?  I hate making candy.  And I know that sounds weird.  But candy making is all precise and exact and created for detail-oriented people.  Which is not me.  Definitely not me.

And yet, here I am, making candy. Continue reading “Homemade Gumdrops” »

Turtle Bars

turtle recipeIt’s that season again.  The least wonderful time of the year.

Election Season.

You know what I really enjoy?  NOT watching the presidential debate.  It’s one of the best things to not watch.  Well, that and college football.

I also love not shopping for tires, and not paying late fees at the library, and not getting my teeth drilled, and not getting my drivers license renewed in person.  These are a few of my favorite things.

I’m just the sort of ornery person that bristles at being told what to do.  I remember when our oldest son was just 2 years old, he made up a song, which he sang frequently as he walked around our little apartment.  “I… do… anything I want, I just do anything I want.”

Yep.  The kicker was how much I recognized that sentiment.  It was as if my mother’s curse, that I would someday have children just like me, had real power.


My neighbor recently tried to convince me to vote for her favorite local candidate, by asking me whether I valued my freedom.  I had planned to vote for the same person anyway, but the act of her saying that to me made me want to change my mind.

I KNOW it’s ornery.  (or it’s “ignerrnt,” as the old, deeply entrenched Utahans say.)

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Molasses Snickerdoodles

These snickerdoodles are made with molasses and ginger, a perfect snickerdoodles recipe for the holidays!

snickerdoodlesWe recently made the decision to rid our home of television.

Actually, what happened was that Robb wanted to do it, and I whined, cried, and threw a tantrum.  Because I’m kind of a tv addict.

I told the kids that I’m really happy with the situation, you know, to be a good family leader and stuff, but what I’m really thinking is how sad I am about missing the new seasons of The Office and Criminal Minds.  {And DO NOT spoil it for me… I’m going to find a way to watch them later.}

The kids have actually been great at inventing ways to amuse themselves.  They play a lot of board games, read a lot of books, and we’ve heard “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey on the piano at least 3 or 4 hundred thousand times.  (I’m starting to wish they’d go back to playing the Mario Brothers theme, if that tells you anything about how desperate the situation is.)

Today, they wanted to bake cookies.  “Great idea,” I said.


The Hippie Chick told me she wanted to make a double batch, because our cookies are always in small batches and always gone too fast.  I reminded her of the reason for that situation.  I bake cookies every week.  We don’t need a double batch.

But, her cookies, her rules.  She made a double batch.

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Turnovers

Pumpkin puff pastryRemember when, in another recent pumpkin post, I told a story about my nephew trying to decide whether or not he should be a dog?  This one little story has spawned a myriad of conversations in my life.

My mother tells me that it is a very real thing for little boys, deciding which animal/superhero/imaginary creature to become for their life’s pursuit.  This is actually not hard to believe at all.

Should I be a lion or a crocodile?
SpiderMan or Batman?
Luke Skywalker or Yoda?
A giant or a dragon?

Decisions, decisions.

Robb explained it to me in great detail.  He said he doesn’t understand how girls play.  “They just talk!”  And by that, he means the dolls don’t ever get violent.  They never even try to push anyone off a cliff or shoot them with an arrow.  “What’s fun about that?”


He went on to describe what he would do with two dolls/action figures.  It started with one of them standing near the edge of the table so that he could fall off the cliff, probably into some lava.  The other one climbed the tower (my cup full of Diet Coke) and shot things at the first one.

This kind of play would literally never occur to me.

The conversation turned to a debate between which superhero is best.  And not a debate between Robb and me… a debate between Robb and Robb.  SuperMan is too powerful… Batman has no powers at all… SpiderMan has that cool spidey sense… Iron Man has technology… It was making my head spin.  The only thing that both Robbs could agree on is that no one wants to be the Hulk.

The Fruitarian agreed.  This 14 year old has been the king of imaginary play since he was born.  If we took his toys away from him, his fingers would become action figures.  He confessed to being kind of an Iron Man guy.  Except Thor has that cool hammer.  When he throws the hammer, it comes back to him.  Like a jedi.  But that hammer is way more cool than a light sabre.  Batman and SpiderMan are awesome, too.  But no one wants to be the Hulk.


I’m seriously exhausted from listening to all these boys make all these completely imaginary decisions.  My life is much more consumed with boring old practical decisions like what to make for breakfast.  This is literally a decision that plagues my life.

Why isn’t there a superhero that swoops in and makes meals?  There totally should be.

That superhero would never get any sleep.

cream cheese

Sometimes you just have to make the decision easier.  Puff pastry + pumpkin + cream cheese is a total no-brainer.  Is it a healthy breakfast?  Not so much.  But is it tasty? Absolutely.

Is anyone else disturbed by how many breakfast foods can double as desserts?

5.0 from 3 reviews
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Turnovers
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A puff pastry turnover with pumpkin cream cheese filling.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 8
  • I box frozen puff pastry (2 pieces), thawed
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 oz. cream cheese, softened,
  • 2 tsp. milk
  • 3 T. powdered sugar
  1. Flatten out thawed puff pastry. Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut pastry into 4 even squares. Repeat with second piece of puff pastry, for 8 square pieces total.
  2. For filing, combine pumpkin, cream cheese, sugar, and spice.
  3. Place a large spoonful of filling on each pastry square, putting the filling between the center and one corner.
  4. Brush the edges of a pastry square with water, then fold into a triangle, pressing edges together to seal. Repeat with remaining pieces.
  5. Place on baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 16-20 minutes, until brown.
  6. Meanwhile, combine the drizzle ingredients in a small bowl. Prepare a piping bag, or cut a corner out of a plastic sandwich baggie, and place the cream cheese drizzle inside.
  7. While turnovers are still warm, drizzle with the cream cheese mixture.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Pumpkin Cheesecake Hand Pies from Created by Diane

Pumpkin Gingersnaps from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

Apple Turnovers from Chocolate Moosey

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Pumpkin Swirl Sugar Cookies

This best pumpkin cookie recipe includes chocolate chips and marshmallows. It’s my favorite seasonal pumpkin recipe!  This is the best pumpkin cookie recipe.

pumpkin cookie recipeMy sis-in-law has been making daily trips to the chiropractor.  Which is super duper crappy… for her.  For me, it’s been not so bad, because I volunteered to spend my afternoons with her kindergartener {Hubs calls him Happy Man} and let me tell you, he is a character.

This is the same kid who, two years ago, gave me the full on Ralphie wink-mouthclick-doublefingerguns move.  What do you say to a three year old who does this?!  {P.S. If you don’t get this reference, may I suggest watching this hysterical Christmas movie.  And getting out more.}

The first day I picked him up, we had an interesting conversation which began with this comment from the back seat, “So, how’s your brakes?”

**crickets chirping**  Ummm…

pumpkin cookie recipe

“Fine, thanks.  How are yours?”  He then regaled me with stories of changing brakes.  This kid and his dad, and my husband, changed the brakes on both families cars one day.  It was months ago, but he remembers it like it was yesterday.  “Yours were so bad, we had to take the whole wheel off!”  {replace the rotor}

The second day, we came up with words that start with the letter “J” as we drove home.  Aunt Jen.  Jellybeans.  Jumprope.  After lunch, I reminded him that pushing in his chair was a necessity, because the dog would certainly jump up on the table and eat his brownie.  And, as we all know, chocolate is poison for dogs, so we have to watch out for that.

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