Pumpkin Spice Cookies

This recipe was inspired from a recipe of my Grandma’s Persimmon Cookies. It is a favorite recipe of my mom and dad’s but since they began eating healthier in June, I wanted to see if I could use healthier ingredients and still give them the cake-like cookie.

I didn’t have persimmons but canned pumpkin is similar in texture and it worked fine. I played around with the recipe and there are options for a gluten-free and no-egg.


Pumpkin Spice Cookies
a healthier spice cookie
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  1. 1 cup of organic canned pumpkin or 1 cup pureed persimmons (how to prep is in notes)
  2. 1 tsp salt
  3. 1 tsp soda
  4. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp cloves
  6. 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  7. 3/4 - 1 cup sugar (I used 1/3 cup organic coconut sugar and 1/2 cup of Wax Orchards Fruit Spread)
  8. 1 cage-free egg
  9. 2 cups of Gluten Free Flour (I used Cup4Cup) or flour of your choice
  10. 1/2 cup of organic coconut oil
  11. Nuts and Raisins, optional
  1. 1. Move oven rack to middle and preheat to 375 degrees.
  2. 2. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. 3. Warm coconut oil and set aside.
  4. 4. Mix all ingredients (except oil, raisins and nuts) until smooth, scraping sides.
  5. 5. Slowly add in oil until well incorporated.
  6. 6. Add in raisins and nuts, if desired.
  7. 7. Drop by Tbsp or use a small cookie scoop 2 inches apart.
  8. 8. Sprinkle with coconut sugar or sprinkles, if desired.
  9. 9. Bake for 8-11 minutes until golden brown. Will vary by oven.
  10. 9. Move to cooling rack for 5 minutes.
  1. Note - if you have an egg sensitivity, a flax egg works well. To replace egg, mix 3 Tbsp of water with 1 Tbsp of ground flax seed. Mix well and set aside for 5 minutes.
  2. Prepare the persimmons by washing them and removing their stems. Puree in a Vita-Mix, blender or food processor until smooth and creamy. Measure one cup of pulp out and set aside.
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These are very good with chopped hazelnuts. Also using gluten-free flour created a rounder cookie.



A Special 80th Birthday – Part 3 – Desserts

It’s time for Part 3 of my aunt’s 80th birthday party. I am having such fun sharing this special day with you. As I mentioned in an earlier post my aunt has some eating restrictions and so foods need to go down smoothly. It wasn’t hard to think of something that she would enjoy for dessert because she Loves ice cream so I created an ice cream parlor of sorts. Over the years I’ve collected ice cream dishes in all shapes and sizes which worked perfectly.  If you’ve missed the two previous posts you can get caught up. Part 1 – Activities and Part 2 – Lunch 

AME Ice Cream Parlor

Ice Cream Parlor – Sundae dishes I’ve collected, pink $1 pails from Target for garnishes, the present cookie jar was $3 at a thrift store (after a good scrubbing it was ready to be the focal point) and a small crock pot to heat up the hot fudge sauce.

Ice Cream Scoops
Premade Ice Cream Scoops

AME - Petal Flowers

 Petal Cookies

AME - Desserts with ice cream
Dessert Display

AME 80 - Desserts
Carrot Cakes, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Petal Cookies


Thirty Years Ago

Tamara - little doll

Tonight I am flipping through a few photos.  They aren’t the beautiful digital pictures that are taken today but they are precious.  They are the things I’d try to grab if I could choose one thing in my house to take.  I wonder sometimes if it’s because photos didn’t come as easily back then as they do now.  We didn’t have digital – the ability to delete and take again.  You tried your best to capture what you could and hoped for the best when you picked up from the drug store after development.  (I got the brilliant idea to do this post tonight so I didn’t have time to scan – I just took a picture of a picture with my digital camera 🙂  But they’ll do – It doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.

 I look back at these images and see glimpses of the person I honor today.  I also see myself and smile at the journey of my own life and am so thankful.  My daughter is celebrating her 30th birthday.  My husband was hilarious when I told him I was gathering some photos for her birthday post.  He looked at me and said she is not 30 – we do not have a 30-year-old.  But we do and we are so proud of the woman she is – the wife – mother – stop me now – we’ll just say etc. etc.  So Tamara – I hope you enjoy seeing a few pictures of yourself on your special day. 

Tamara - Happy 1st Birthday Cake

 You loved care bears which seems very fitting since you have a caring heart. 

Tamara and Jeff - washing car

Helping daddy wash the car – oh, I remember this day.  You were just a little cranky – moms you know the kind of cranky where you just can’t figure out what to do.  You ended up falling head first into the bucket.  Little did we know that you would lifeguard for many years and meet your husband through that job. 

Tamara - stability ball

I had to use this picture since you have all of us in your online bootcamp using a stability ball to do planks or pikes.   

Tamara - handmade by God

You are truly God’s workmanship.  I promise most of the time we did a better job on your diapers.

Tamara and Debbie - love you this much

This picture is getting blurry but I love it.  It says what’s in my heart – that no matter how old you are – I love you this much.