Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Cookies


Holy moly it’s been a long time since my last post! These last few months have been FULL of travel for me and Jon but it’s time to get back to business. To kick off things off, today’s post is dedicated to the face of Fall— Pumpkin.

Two years ago, I was introduced to the joys of pumpkin carving by my good friend Carolyn. Her family is incredibly festive for every holiday, and it’s no surprise that Halloween was a thing in their household. Her parent’s bought us pizza, we carved our little hearts out and good times were had by all.


Although last year was a miss, this year Carolyn and I were back on track!

With fall beers and light hors d’oeuvres on the menu, Jon and I decided Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies were the perfect compliment to Carolyn’s spread. The recipe below yielded 28 cookies and they were all pretty big! Unlike the texture of traditional chocolate chip cookies, these were a little more voluminous/cake-like. Also, in order to achieve a little crunch on the bottom, we left our cookies in the oven for 27-29 minutes BUT the original recipe did say they could be removed in 22-24 minutes. All depends on your preference :).

Have a safe Halloween, and happy baking!


P U M P K I N   S P I C E   C H O C O L A T E   C O O K I E S

Ingredients (yields 28 cookies)

Pumpkin Pie Spice*

2 Cups flour

1 Teaspoon baking soda

3/4 Teaspoon baking powder

1/4 Teaspoon salt

1 1/2 Cup granulated sugar

1 Stick unsalted butter

1 Can of pumpkin

1 Egg

1 Teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 Cup semi sweet chocolate chips

(*You can absolutely buy pre-mixed pumpkin spice, but if you tackle it  yourself, just do a pinch of cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, black peppercorns, and star anise.)


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pumpkin spice in a medium sized bowl. Set this aside.
  3. Mix butter and sugar in a large bowl until the texture is smooth. Mix in vanilla extract, egg and pumpkin. IMG_9271
  4. In small batches, add dry ingredients into the large bowl with the wet mixture. For easy, even mixing, use a sifter throughout the process. IMG_9185
  5. Fold chocolate chips into the large bowl of cookie batter.
  6. Using a tablespoon, scoop  batter on to a non-stick tray with two inches between each cookie. (My baking sheets have seen better days so I tend to add foil and non-stick baking spray to play it safe.)
  7. Bake cookies for 24- 29 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Allow cookies to cool for 15 minutes, then chow down! IMG_4199



Crackle Brownie Cookies


It’s borderline embarrassing just how many unutilized pins I have on Pinterest. It’s as if every pin binge is followed by an immediate black out.

The cookie recipe below is the product of not one but TWO over due efforts.  Well, the original plan (when I found this recipe in March) was to make this my contribution to the Rhoads’ Easter Extravaganza. Granted, Jon did get sick so we didn’t actually go but here we are three months later and I’m finally circling back. Now, where it gets really sad— about a week ago I decided I’d finally make these cookies and bring them to our 4th of July party at work but this was also a fail! My hectic week got best of me and I folded for store-bought cookies instead.

So, here we are three days after the party (but still a day before the holiday!) and I’ve finalllllly made these cookies from Cincy Shopper ! They’re a little on the messy side but overall pretty cheap and easy. Couple notes before we get started:

1. I swear by Ghiradelli brownie mix but I wouldn’t recommend using the chocolate chip variety for this particular activity. The cookie recipe itself calls for 1 cup of chocolate chips so for me it was almost a little too chocolatey having both.
2. When you drop the cookie batter into the powdered sugar it’s going to be goopy. Don’t freak out, just dust the sugar over the dough and it’ll act like flour. With a few mini kneads you’ll be able to scoop it out and place it on the pan with no problems. Just don’t over-work the sugar, the recipe is sweet enough as it is!
3. For me, these cookies turned out a lot larger than expected. With the first tray I definitely went overboard with my scoops– they were heaping. On the second tray I backed off and kept it to a plastic spoon full for each. Even then, the cookies turned out pretty sizable (maybe 3-4 bites, instead of 1-2 bites like I anticipated).
4. Sprinkles weren’t part of the recipe but I needed an element of “God bless America”. About 2-3 minutes before the timer went off I just tossed a few sprinkles on and lightly patted them down into the cookies so they wouldn’t roll away.

Alright, that’s all I got. Recipe time!


C R A C K L E   B R O W N I E



Brownie Mix

1 1/4 Cup flour

1/3 Cup vegetable oil

1 Tablespoon water

3 eggs

1 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

3/4 Cups powdered sugar

Sprinkles (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large bowl combine brownie mix, flour, eggs, olive oil, and water. When smooth, slowly add chocolate chips.

3. In a smaller bowl sift 1/3 cup of powdered sugar.

4. For each cookie, scoop dough with a small spoon and place a dollop into the bowl of powdered sugar. Sprinkle a little sugar on the top of the dough (so it doesn’t stick to your hands) and lightly roll it around. Then place directly onto a non-stick cookie sheet.

5. Bake cookies for 10- 12 mins on the middle rack. Once done, allow cookies to cool for atleast 15 mins.








Twix Holiday Cookies


It’s funny how the holiday season brings out the baker in all of us. Other than pies, I’m not really one for baking. Why? Because unlike cooking— baking is truly a science. Measurements should be exact. Cook times are bible. There’s a ton of focus and patience required that generally I just don’t have. As we approached the holiday season last year I remember racking my brain for weeks, just trying to come up with something festive I could bring to Jon’s family on Christmas day. I knew the “real adults” would handle the ham and major sides, but I couldn’t bring myself to show up empty handed. I remember asking— has anyone called dibs on holiday pretzels? What about buckeyes? Are cupcakes and sprinkles lame? What’s the guest count and do I need to have enough to feed everyone? After 50 questions, “Thumb Print Twix” sufficiently met criteria:

Minimal Ingredients
Recipe easily multiplied
Must have chocolate
Random enough for no one else to duplicate

To my relief, these cookies were truly simple and a pretty big hit! Like a true weirdo, I didn’t even claim these guys as mine, just so I could safely gage reactions for a while! By the time the evening was over, I decided this recipe had to be my holiday thing. From Christmas 2015, hence forth— I would be Thumbprint Twix girl. Committed to the cause, I’m proud to say these cookies made their second debut this Christmas at my sister’s 30th birthday party!

T W I X   H O L I D A Y   C O O K I E S

1 / 2 Cup sugar
2 / 3 Cup butter (basically 1 stick + 2.5 tablespoons)
1 Teaspoon vanilla
2 Egg yolks
1 / 2 teaspoon salt
1 1/ 2 Cup flour
1 Cup chocolate chips
50 Soft caramels
3 Tablespoons heavy cream
Sprinkles (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Dice sticks of butter into cubes and microwave for 30 seconds to soften. Dump this into a large bowl.img_1474
3. Mix vanilla, salt, and sugar into the bowl of butter. If the butter is not too warm, stir in 2 egg yolks.  (Note: if you over did it in the microwave, just put the bowl in the fridge for a few minutes. You don’t want piping hot butter turning the yolks into scrambled eggs!)
4. Using a sifter, pour small batches of flour into the mixing bowl. Not only will sifting cut down on the mess, but if you’re mixing by hand you’ll have way more control when you’re combining the ingredients!
5. Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and place this into the fridge for 30 – 45 minutes. (Note: if you don’t have time to tackle everything in one night, you can leave the dough in the fridge for a night or two. The first time, I made this I knocked it all out the morning of the festivities, but this time I couldn’t get to part 2 until the next night!)
6. Scoop cookie dough batter into small balls (about the size of a tablespoon) onto a sheet pan, or into a cup cake tin. (Last time my cookies turned out much wider and flatter than I imagined so this time I used a cupcake tin so the dough would be forced to rise).  Also apparently I only own one cupcake tray so that was a hurdle too!
7. Place cookies in the oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the sides turn golden brown. img_1485
8. Remove cookies from the oven and press a teaspoon into the center of each cookie. Let the cookies cool completely (I placed mine in the fridge for 45 minutes) before adding caramel and chocolate.
9. In a small sauce pan, combine heavy cream and caramel morsels. Stir this continually until the mixture is smooth. When the cookies have cooled, scoop 1/2 teaspoon of caramel into each thumb print. Let this sit.
10. Pour chocolate chips into small – medium glass bowl. Melt chocolate in the microwave at 30 second increments, OR create a double boiler on the stove. (Note: if you create a double boiler, fill 1/3 of a sauce pan with water, and place the glass bowl on top. Turn the stove to medium, and stir the bowl of chocolate as the steam causes it to melt).
11. After the chocolate is melted and smooth, let this cool for a few minutes then scoop the sauce into a piping bag (plastic zip lock bag with a corner snipped off). Drizzle cookies with chocolate and add a pink of sprinkles to the tray.