Thursday, December 10, 2015

Ella's Makeup Cake

With five Monkey Boys and all things BOY around here, it's always nice to do something extra GIRLY!

 This makeup cake was so fun to design and make. However, delivering the cake and witnessing the excited face of a seven year old birthday girl, seeing her surprise makeup cake, made it even better! Her mom said she's really been into wanting to wear makeup lately, and a makeup cake would be perfect for her!

Also, this little Monkey Boy absolutely HAD to have his picture taken while I was taking pictures of the cake. But if I got out my camera to take pictures of just him... I'm sure he'd just run away! 
I love this little stinker and his cute face!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Pumpkin Cookies

Hello to all of the visitors from the virtual cookie exchange blog hop!

My blog isn't much of a blog, just a place to post pictures of the cakes I make. Even though cakes are all over this site, my absolute favorite dessert is a cookie! Well, cookies... because who could eat just one?!

When my mom said she was going to host this blog hop, I knew I wanted to be a part of it! Too bad I don't get to taste all of the yummy creations everyone else has made without me actually doing some baking. I love to bake, but having five little monkey boys to take care of makes it a little more difficult to spend lots of time in the kitchen. {I have a sleeping baby on my chest as I type up this post...} I'm not complaining, though. I wouldn't trade baby snuggles or playing a game with my older boys for a lifetime supply of chocolate chip cookies!

Although chocolate chip cookies are my favorite, I didn't make them for this blog hop! I chose to make pumpkin cookies. Which made my husband happy, because these are his favorite!

And I know that fall and all-things-pumpkin season is technically over... BUT these cookies are good any time of the year. They are especially good the day after you make them and have kept them in an air tight container. They're even better after a few days (but having cookies sitting on the counter for more than two days doesn't happen very often in our house full of cookie monsters).

Also, there are no eggs in my recipe... I didn't forget them! I figured out that I could make my normal chocolate chip cookie recipe and replace the eggs with pumpkin puree and just add in some spices. I love that the texture is more like a cookie and not like a cookie shaped piece of cake like some other pumpkin cookie recipes. (I still like those cookies too!)

 I made both variations of the recipe: half the batch with chocolate chips, and the other half was left plain and sandwiched with frosting after baking.

Pumpkin Cookies

3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 cup butter (1 and 1/2 sticks)
1/4 cup shortening
1 cup white sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin purée
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine flour, soda, salt, and spices in a small bowl. Set aside.
Cream butter, shortening and sugars. Beat in pumpkin purée and vanilla.
Slowly add flour mixture, and stir until dough forms. 
Bake ping-pong sized dough balls for about 12-14 minutes. Leave on pan for 2 minutes before removing to cool completely on paper towels. 

- Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips with the flour mixture. OR
- Sandwich two cookies together with cream cheese buttercream frosting. 

Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

8 oz. package cream cheese
3/4 cup butter, softened
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
4-5 cups powdered sugar (taste for preferred sweetness)

Beat together cream cheese and butter in a stand mixer, add in salt and vanilla. Stir in powdered sugar a little at a time until desired sweetness. Mix on high for 2-3 minutes until light and creamy. 

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you get a chance to make these yummy cookies and the many others from this fun blog hop! Check them out!

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