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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Slow Down ya Move too Fast . . . Festive Holiday Cookies

"Slow down 
and everything you are chasing 
will come around and catch you"
 -- John de Paola

Winter's here and Christmas
is coming.

I just want to stop for a minute and wait for life to catch up a little bit . . .

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(Emmy out on a walk . . .
I thought the photo was so perfect with the accidental capture of the speed limit sign ;)

. . .and remember
the colors just outside my window
last week . . .

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. . . and the grateful feeling of
Thanksgiving . . .

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 (Klein family Thanksgiving - we missed ALL of you who were unable to join us!
This is after the turkey trypophan has kicked in and were all playing a game of Sixes and 
lounging about)

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(even Cleo, the dog, is worn out from the events of the day!)

 . . . and the festive holiday cookies I made!
Sooooo yummy!

Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Maple Brown Sugar Frosting
(that's REALLY what they're called!)

Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies
2 1/4 cup self-rising flour
3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup chopped pecans
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chunks
  • Whisk together flour and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter.
  • Add both sugars and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add vanilla.
  • Add eggs one at a time and beat until combined.
  • Add flour/spice mixture to sugar mixture in three additions. Alternate with pumpkin in two additions, ending with flour mixture.
  • Stir in chopped pecans and chocolate chunks.
  • Drop on cookie tray lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Makes about four dozen cookies.
  • Let cool.
Maple Brown Butter Frosting
3 cups sifted confectioners sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
2 tsp maple flavoring
  • Sift sugar and set aside.
  • Melt butter over medium heat until golden brown. Watch closely so it does not burn.
  • Add butter to sugar, scraping all the butter into the bowl.
  • Add milk and maple flavoring. Stir until smooth.
Spread on top of cookies with an knife or offset spatula.

Okay - I'm ready to start unpacking the Christmas stuff! 


Alan said...

Holy cow, those look like the most delicious cookies ever.

Amy said...

Those cookies look incredible! Can't wait to try them.

I love that photo of your granddaughter. (She is a grand, isn't she?) Beautiful and perfect!

Momza said...

Adorable picture and quote!
The leaves make me swoon for Fall to come back around!
And oh my heck, that cookie recipe looks near-deadly...I'm so making these! Thanks for sharing your PPCCC

Sue said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos! Those leaves. Those colors!

That family!!

Just lovely.


Andrea said...

Oh, I so need this quote right now. Thank you!

Clairity said...

I've always loved the colors of fall, and your pumpkin cookies - drool!

M-Cat said...

Despite the chocolate - I could TOTALLY love those cookies!

Love family, dinner, games and good times!

Reeses Pieces said...

I think those cookies have just about everything I love in them. I'm gonna have to add those to my holiday baking. Yum!!!

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