Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodle!!!

Let me start with a disclaimer that I really hate pumpkin….. I really LOVE snickerdoodles though. My husbands FAVORITE COOKIE EVER is a snickerdoodle!! I mean HELLO how fun is that name?! I knew if I made these he would at least try them.

My SUPER picky 8 year old gave these a thumbs up too!! ūüôā I so rarely actually bake for my family just because anymore, so when I do it’s nice when they¬†like it.

I really like this recipe, it’s not too sweet and the cinnamon and sugar on the outside gives it a little crunch. I have NEVER baked a cookie that called for cornstarch though… not sure if it’s added because of the pumpkin puree?

Since this was such a big recipe I am dropping some off with our friends and family for Halloween. I boxed them up with some cute decorated sugar cookies I made as well!

Pumpkin Spice and Sugar Cookies

Cook Time: 13 minutes  Makes: 3 dozen

Ingredients
    • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1 large egg yolk
    • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 3 1/2 tsp cornstarch
    • 1 tsp cream of tartar
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 3/4 tsp salt
    • 2 tsp pumpkin spice
    • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
    • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
For rolling
  • ¬†granulated sugar
  • ¬†ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Cream butter, sugars and egg yolk.
  2. Mix in pumpkin puree then vanilla.
  3. Slowly add all dry ingredients in sections, so it mixes throughly.
  4. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  5. Pre-heat oven to 350*
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together sugar and cinnamon. (I just eye the mixture… think about that yummy cinnamon toast grandma used to make!!)
  7. Use cookie scoop to make even sized balls, roll in hands, then sugar mixture. ¬†Place cookies on parchment paper lined baking sheets spacing cookies about 2-inches apart. Bake in preheated oven 12 – 14 minutes (they should look just slightly under-baked as they’ll cook slightly once removed from oven). Cool on baking sheet about 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

I found this recipe via Pinterest and made just a few minor tweaks! She has some awesome photos if you need that. Click here for the original recipe!! http://www.cookingclassy.com/2014/10/pumpkin-snickerdoodles/

I hope everyone has a fun and SAFE Halloween!! I will post my DIY costume after Halloween! I am going to be Chewbacca…. haha it should be interesting.

French Toast for dayzzzz

Ok, so if you are anything like me you will enjoy this life hack! This is perfect for a child, or an adult who is a child at heart! ‚̧

My husband gets our oldest up every morning and takes him to school. (Yes, he is GOD sent) Our oldest is also a SUPER picky eater! I really try to get creative, so he gets enough decent food in his growing 8 year old body. I thought of this a few years back and I make it fairly often now. Takes maybe 30 mins for the whole loaf!

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What you will need:

  • 1 loaf of bread – I buy a flavored kind to add sweetness, you can literally use any loaf of bread even from a fancy bakery! ūüėȬ†
  • DO NOT DISCARD bag bread came in
  • 6-8 eggs
  • 1/8-1/4 cup of milk – If you don’t use flavored bread you could even use like a yummy flavored creamer!! YUMM!
  • Butter/Oil/PAM – whatever non- stick item you like to use to cook with
  • Large Pan/Skillet
  • Bowl

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat stove top to medium heat.
  2. Crack eggs in a bowl, add milk and whisk to mix.
  3. Rub butter on skillet to cover cooking surface.
  4. Generously soak 1 slice of bread in egg mixture and place on skillet.
  5. Cook until browned on each side and let cool COMPLETELY!
  6. Once you have made the whole loaf and they have cooled place bake into bag and put in freezer.
  7. Wake up, get your french toast out and place in toaster. (so easy right?!)
  8. Pop onto plate, add any toppings you desire or eat plain!!!
  9. HAVE AN AMAZING DAY!

Let me know your thoughts or suggestions!

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Heyyy!!!! <<< (my husband thinks I am yelling or upset when I text him that)

I am a San Antonio native and my “Spanish” is horrendous! I am totally new to this blogging thing… I think¬†I made this blog so YOU can learn more about me. I am very creative with everything EXCEPT writing. This really is totally out of my comfort zone. Wish me lots of luck!

I have big plans to¬†start making some how to videos/picture tutorials on the “Jessica” way of things. I take pride in the fact that I can see things and I know how to break it up by shape to be¬†able to recreate it. ¬†I will also be posting some of my home decorating projects, finished cakes and party decor!!

This week I have 3 cake orders and 2 cookie orders….. the themes this week are hunting, pink and gold bridal shower and a Nightmare Before Christmas cake!!

I would love feedback on some tutorials you’d like to see! Be sure to check out my Facebook and Instagram for up to date posts! =)

Oh and my favorite quote is “life is short, so make it sweet!” – unknown