Thursday, November 8, 2012

Baking In The Rain - Easy Fall Pumpkin Cookies

Passing Notes Today:  Mrs. Kelly

Dear Girls,

What's a mom to do  at home on a rainy autumn day?   Clean?  Watch "Singin' In The Rain?"  Make cookies?  Yes, yes and yes.  Today we made an easy cookie recipe that is awesome for fall.  I'm thankful for rainy days.  Sometimes they force me to slow down.  And oftentimes, they encourage me to bake.  

I usually try to keep a box of brownie mix on hand at all times.  You know, in case my husband invites his boss home for dinner.  I am similar to Donna Reed in that way.  Right.  That's the ticket.  In the fall, I mix it up and keep a pumpkin bread on hand. It's easy to make and in minutes the house can smell wonderful.

Instead of making pumpkin bread though, today we found a recipe that uses the pumpkin bread mix to make cookies.  I tweaked it a bit because I didn't have real ginger and my kids don't like raisins (gasp!).  Super easy!

Here's what you need: 001


1           14 Oz Package of Pillsbury Pumpkin Quick Bread Mix
1 1/2     TBSP Ground Ginger (If you're not a ginger fan, use less!)
1/2        CUP Butter or Margarine Melted
1           Egg
1/4        CUP Sugar
1            TSP Sugar

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, combine quick bread mix and ginger; mix well. Add butter and egg; stir until dry particles are moistened. (Mixture may be crumbly.)
  2. In small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon; mix well. Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls; roll in sugar-cinnamon mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake at 350°F. for 12 to 15 minutes or until cookies are set. Remove from cookie sheets.

pumpkin cookies

Good news: the cookies were a hit!  They taste like fall - cinnamon, ginger and pumpkin!  They also make the house smell amazing.  It took us about 30 minutes to make two batches.  The nice thing about these cookies, too, is that you will likely have everything you need on hand.
lily cookies

Maybe one day I'll convince her to try the raisins.  I'm grateful for a rainy day now and then.  Now snow...that's another story.

Baking in the Rain,

Mrs. Williams Comment: Mrs. Kelly, is it safe to assume that the next time it rains, you'll be baking?  If so, then it is also safe to assume that I'll be headed to your house faster than you can say, "Mrs. Williams what are you doing here?"
Mrs. Gosling comment:  I am totally making these this weekend.  I don't know what I love more ... the quick and plentiful recipe OR the picture of Blondie at the end?!?

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