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Lori’s Pumpkin Cookies

This pumpkin cookie recipe is by Lori Di Nardi.  Thank you for sharing your recipe!  Jay                                                               Her blog is: www.loreezlane.wordpress.com

Pumpkins Cookies
1 cup sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
½ cup shortening (margarine)
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
2 cups all-purpose or whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼  teaspoon salt
½ cup raisins (optional, I don’t use them)
½ cup chopped walnuts (optional, I do use them)
Light Brown Glaze (recipe below)

Heat oven to 375. Mix sugar, pumpkin, shortening and orange peel. Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir in raisins and nuts if used.

Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until light brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Immediately remove from cookie sheet; cool.

(Note: ½ cup semisweet chocolate chip cookies can be used in place of raisins.)

Drizzle Light Brown Glaze over top of each cookie.

LIGHT BROWN GLAZE
¼ cup margarine
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 2 teaspoons milk

Heat margarine in 1 ½ quart saucepan over medium heat until delicate brown. Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir in 1 teaspoon of milk until smooth. If not smooth enough use 2nd teaspoon. Drizzle over cookies.

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Nut Cookie Recipe

This nut cookie can be made with one of the following nuts; pecans, or walnuts. This recipe is over 90 years old and has been modified.

I have not had a call for gluten free nut cookies, so do  experiment with Pamela’s Gluten Free Baking & Pancake Mix just substitute the same amount as the flour.

If you are using the Gluten Free Mix you will not need to add Baking Powder or Salt

It is a simple recipe with minimal ingredients and no butter.

Bake at 325 degrees for 7-10  minutes or until done, do watch the cookies do not burn.  If the tops are firm to the touch they are done! 

In a small bowl using a fork or small whisk mix and set aside:

1 Large Egg

2 Tablespoons Extra Light Olive Oil

Sift together in electric  mixer bowl:

1 Cup Unbleached Flour

1/2 Cup Sugar

2 teaspoons Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon Salt

Now Add Egg and Oil mixture to dry ingredients, then add:

2 teaspoons Lemon Juice

1/4 Cup Milk (half and half can be used if you like)

Mix until a soft dough is formed, then add:  

1 Cup of Chopped Nuts of your choosing

Mix well and drop by small spoonfuls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper allowing space for spreading.

Jay

Are You Kitchen Brave? Part 1 of 2

  

Are you kitchen brave?  Are you brave enough to be you in the kitchen of life?  Are you willing to walk into the kitchen of your mind to experiment and create your own unique recipe for success, prosperity and overall well-being?  Are you ready to break some eggs and mix things up? If so, continue reading and get ready to bake up some new exciting recipes for life.

We are always creating through our cooking, our baking, our thoughts and beliefs. Life has given each of us a mind and every moment of every day we have a variety of thoughts that shape our character.  Our thoughts, beliefs and concepts are the batter and dough of our life, we are forever taking the formless and giving it form.  From the mixing bowl of thought to the oven of life to solidify our creation.  We live in the kitchen of life, the kitchen of personal creation.

Creating recipes in the kitchen are about learning from what works in a recipe and what does not.  Some of our creations don’t turn out the way we planned and we have to go back to the recipe and make changes learning what will work to bring forth our desired creation.  Life is about learning what works for us and what does not.  From this learning experience we can enhance our life in prosperous and successful ways.

If we are truly interested in making our lives more fulfilling and more reflective of a robust and prosperous life then we must step into the kitchen of our mind and begin to create and bake a new way of manifesting the life we want, no more sitting at the kitchen table with a glass of ice cold milk waiting for the cookies to be set in front of us. It is time to be proactive and get our hands covered in flour and roll out the dough, ready the oven and get ourselves in gear.  Get your apron ‘cause this is gonna be one heck of a baking session. 

Basic ideas/inspiration can be gained from; books, quotes, perhaps a platitude or two, or positive affirmations and informative articles which can begin to stir the creative juices. But until we decide to do something with these inspiring pieces we will only have the warm fuzzies and nothing more. Time to utilize our inborn talents and abilities and make the life we dream of and desire. The time has arrived to take action for our own self-improvement, which in turn will affect the world around us in positive ways. Time to get into the kitchen and create the cookie of your dreams!

Get out the electric mixer, flour, eggs, milk, butter, sugar, vanilla extract, baking powder and baking soda, the basics of the recipe.  We all have the basics at our finger tips; the challenge is what we are going to use to make it our own unique recipe. Are we going to use ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon extract, almond extract, add nuts or poppy seeds?  The combinations are endless and we can create the recipes we desire and if it is not to our liking we can change it up and make it better.  It is merely a batter of mind, no pun intended.  When we have mixed the ingredients together it becomes a batter or dough, to create a cake, a cupcake, a cookie or a jelly roll, perhaps cinnamon buns, the choice is always ours. What do you feel like today?

Part 2 tomorrow.

Are You Kitchen Brave? Part 2 of 2

Nut Cookie Recipe

As the holidays draw near there is a nut cookie recipe I have adapted from a 90 year old recipe. They are easy to make with minimal ingredients.  They can be made with pecans or walnuts.  See the page above. 

 Happy Holidays One & All,

 Jay

                                                                          

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