pumpkin’s in the air…

23 Oct

If there is something I love about fall, it’s baking. This sounds pretty obvious, no? But really, it is the OPTIMAL time to bake. The spices are so earthy and deep and it take very little to make your house smell better than any stupid scented candle ever could- and you get to eat the results!

I did come across something surprising at my usual hangout, Black Sheep, the other day. They are going pumpkin crazy and are baking it into everything they can. Pumpkin coffee cake, pumpkin pie bars and these little beauties:


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, from my book! How cool is that? I’ve now discovered that the only thing better than homemade cookies you love is homemade cookies you love that you didn’t have to make! They just appear out of thin air!

With the season of pumpkin baking upon us, every other recipe calls for pumpkin pie spice. You probably have everything you need to make this blend in your own pantry, plus you can tweak it to your liking! I’m not a huge clove lover, so this recipe is bit subdued in that area. Make a nice big batch of it so you can just dip in as needed.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend

3 tbsp. ground cinnamon
1 tbsp. plus 2 teas. ground ginger
2 teas. ground nutmeg
1 teas. ground cloves

Mix well in a clean bowl and combine well. Transfer to an airtight bottle or container.


9 Responses to “pumpkin’s in the air…”

  1. DJ Karma October 23, 2009 at 5:36 pm #

    I’m not a huge clove person either, but I LOVE pumpkin everything. So cool you’re having your cookies made!

  2. Whitney @ Lettuce Love October 23, 2009 at 5:42 pm #

    Oohh, pumpkin and chocolate! Sounds like a killer combination if you ask me.

  3. Nora October 23, 2009 at 6:43 pm #

    those look much more akin to what I wanted in a pumpkin cookie than the ones from the ppk i made. next time i’ll know!

    • Kris October 23, 2009 at 7:44 pm #

      Nora, they are really soft and fluffy, almost like a little pumpkin cake in your hand.

  4. Josiane October 23, 2009 at 7:36 pm #

    Those cookies look delicious! And the spice mix? I can almost smell it from here… yum!

  5. Courtney October 25, 2009 at 12:49 pm #

    Thank you for the pumpkin pie spice recipe–it will be so helpful! You are right–lots of fall recipes call for it, and I am waaaaaaaaaaay too cheap to buy it 🙂 Now I can make my own!


  6. mollyjwalter October 28, 2009 at 7:34 pm #

    AH! Thank you for the pumpkin pie spice recipe! I HATE buying it and could never remember the combination of ingredients! – M

  7. Dione November 9, 2009 at 9:07 pm #

    HI Kris… LOVE your book. Everything I’ve made from it has been delicious AND beautiful. Only thing is I’m in the process of making the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies at this very moment and one of the last steps is: Add pumpkin, vanilla and milk and mix well. The only problem is I don’t see milk in the ingredients list. How much milk should I add??

    • Rachel November 21, 2009 at 6:59 pm #

      I have the same question as the person above. How much milk is in this recipe?

      Also, my page with the sticky buns only has the ingredient list for the topping.

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