everything’s better with chocolate

or so says the fella. while i love to experiment and try new recipes, he wishes i would just stick with chocolate chip cookies. always. every time i bake. but it’s autumn, darnit, and that means PUMPKIN! tomorrow a friend is hosting a clothing swap (bring your unwanted clothes/shoes, dump them in the middle of the floor, and go nuts…leftovers get taken to the thrift shop) and i want to bring a treat to make up for my pathetic contribution in the clothing department. you see, we moved 3 months ago. it was my 13th move in 10 years. i am SICK of moving. so, i went a little crazier than i typically do in my clothing purge and i donated 8 garbage bags of clothes and 3 paper bags of shoes and purses to goodwill. so, for tomorrow’s clothing swap, i have a sad little half-full grocery bag with a few tops, a skirt, and a pair of pants.

enter pumpkin doodle doos! i made these a few years ago and loved them – they are a twist on one of my favorite cookies, the snickerdoodle. this time, i added chocolate chips and omitted the cinnamon sugar coating, so that the fella can get his fix. the batter actually does taste basically like a chocolate chip cookie dough but with a hint of pumpkin, so this was a natural tweak to the recipe.

we *may* have gone a little overboard on the raw cookie dough, so neither of us have tried a finished cookie yet. but they baked up amazing – nice and high, not flat at all, perfectly golden around the edges. i made these a bit larger than the recipe indicated and they took a good 15-17 minutes (rather than 10). UPDATE: i just tried a finished cookie. they are DELICIOUS. now that i’ve cleansed my palate, perhaps i should have another…

the cookie on the right reminds me of her.

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About Liv

i have a lot of hobbies. i cook and bake – usually, from scratch. i paint, though not as often as I would like. i love to make pottery on the wheel, though this hobby fell by the wayside while I was in grad school. now that I’ve finished, I’m looking forward to potentially getting back into ceramics and devoting more time and energy to all of my hobbies. my mom got me hooked on refinishing garage sale or thrift shop furniture into beautiful, rich pieces for the home. and my true love is crochet – i love the feeling of achievement in taking a ball of yarn and a hook and turning it into a beautiful afghan or purse or set of coasters. in some way or another, all of these hobbies center around making things – thus, creation nation.
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