Pumpkin Cookies (Self-Rising Flour)

So the title tells it all. This recipe I adapted against the one I normally use, which uses All-Purpose Flour. My in-laws live in the south, they use more Self-Rising Flour than they do All-Purpose. The difference is (this is if you don’t bake and have no idea the difference…FYI) Self Rising flour has baking powder (a leavening agent), and salt added to it before packaging. All-Purpose Flour does not. A recipe that calls for All Purpose should have a leavening agent such as Baking Powder,or Baking Soda. I am saying should…there are other types of leaven-er and depending on what recipe you are using, it may call for some other ingredient.

So I adapted this specifically for my Mother-in-Law Teresa. apparently they really hadn’t eaten Pumpkin cookies until I introduced them to it last year. She has been asking me to give her the recipe and make her some. After looking at my recipe, I realized I should see if I could work a recipe with self rising flour instead of the all-purpose.

Recipe-Pumpkin cookies


Drop by teaspoonfulls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 Degrees Fahrenheit.  15 minutes.

Add Chocolate Chips, Nuts, Raisins ETC (Optional) I recommend the chocolate chips.


Very Simple, No need for a mixer, this can all be done by hand, and very quickly.


A Baking scoop from pampered chef comes in real handy for cookies like this. Mine Broke. (reminds me I need to order a new one)


Transfer to wire rack, shortly after pulling from the oven. Keep them in a ziplock, or sealed container to maintain freshness.

Tell me how this recipe works out for you. When I get back to Germany, I will post the other recipe using All-Purpose flour for those who would prefer that method.



Baking……On a Roll

MeAs I said in the previous post, with the Meatloaf Cupcakes, I am at my cousin’s house in Denton, TX.  I was asked to bake some things for her.

Tonight I baked. And I baked, and I baked some more.

I took my place as her temporary house wife. Her house smells heavenly.

She is one of those who orders a basket of produce through a community co op and gets one every week.  She had some Zucchini that needed to be used, so I thought well Zucchini Bread never gets old. At least I enjoy the spice bread.

She also has a smaller version baking cupboard, that compared to mine is small.  I need to show you mine one day when I get back from this long long vacation of mine,

You are probably thinking who cooks and bakes on their vacation? Well, I do. I am always enlisted to help someone somewhere.  I love the kitchen even on vacation. If I can get a few precious hours to myself I can come up with many a delicious thing.

So while my daughter was napping/sleeping (whatever it is she does when her eyes are closed and her mouth is not moving), I mixed up a batch of zucchini bread, came up with a new cookie, Raisin Bran Oatmeal Cookies, and made a classic cookie: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies.

Whipped those babies up and postponing the chocolate chip til tomorrow. Thinking of also doing a brownie 🙂

Next few posts are the recipes with some photos. As I don’t have my camera, and I borrowed my cousins IPAD to take photos as I went.

Please enjoy!

Oatmeal Cookies

Baking Book

I got this book from my mom. “Mom’s Big Book of Baking”

I have used many a recipe. Not all of them are great, I was a bit disappointed with quite a few.

So I attempted to make the Oatmeal Cookies:

Oatmeal Cookies1


Preheat Over 350 Degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine Flour, Baking Soda and Salt.

Combine Sugars, Melted Butter. Add in Eggs and vanilla.

Add Flour Mixture to Sugar Mixture.

Then Add Oats and any add ins you may want.


Chill for at least 20 minutes. I use a cookie scoop, but a tablespoon full is the recommended size for cookie dough. When you are done putting cookie dough on the cookie sheet, put the remaining cookie dough back in the fridge.



Bake for 10-15 minutes, It varies based on how crispy you want your cookie. 🙂

Hope you enjoy making them as much as I do.

My Model

My Cookie Model. Who has enjoyed being the first taste tester.


There is cleanliness and then there is lets clean the floor and roll out cookie dough clean

I was reminded after reading this funny mom’s blogpost: How to be the coolest mom ever three days and counting  http://wessonblog.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/how-to-be-the-coolest-mom-ever-three-days-and-counting/#comment-19202

that my mom did some crazy creative things when I was little just to ensure her kitchen was not annihilated in our attempt to create some jimmie infested cookie, that probably didn’t taste good with 2 inches of sprinkles caked on top of it.


Those are Jimmies (The Shape)

My mom told me this, I don’t recall it much. She used to clean the kitchen floor REALLY SUPER BLEACH WATER, SOAPY WATER, clean. Then when she had everything ready, would roll out the cookie dough on the floor.  I know what you are thinking, yes this actually happened. And yes I am still alive today 🙂  I think my mom is the greatest, and definitely the most innovative. Now on with it… Then she would let us cut the cookies out with whatever stone-age cutter she had and then we would get to A) Put sprinkles on them before the baked B) Sneak some cookie dough in our mouths before she caught us C) Put them in the oven as is  D) Decorate when they came out with frosting, jimmies, sprinkles. (Usually the leftover sprinkles from a entirely different season.) So sometimes Christmas cookies had Halloween colors just because.

Now if I was my mom, or if I end up being just like her. I will probably take her prior job

Peanut butter is a semi-solid and can therefor...

I love, Love Peanut Butter, Can’t imagine anyone besides my husband who doesn’t

and do the same for my children. Heaven knows my children currently only one child at age of two will be hellions and very messy destructive. Well if they end up with my husbands genes I will have a peanut butter sandwich thrown at the back of my head when they are 6 or 7 years of age. *Known Fact: My husband is the only southern man in the USA to dislike Peanut Butter. My husband was involved in a Peanut Butter incident as the one described above.* My husband will probably laugh himself silly just like his dad did at his mom.

Note: I need to find me some good shampoo and conditioner for the future day where I will be washing scrubbing my head.