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.

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Pumpkin Spice Cookies
a healthier spice cookie
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Ingredients
  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
Instructions
  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.
Notes
  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.

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Letting Go Of Stuff

Perhaps it’s just the season I’m in but…….

China Hutch

for the past few weeks I’ve reevaluated how much I really need – how many decorations, how many plates – asking the question what do I really use on a regular basis and why am I storing items that are not a good fit for my lifestyle anymore?   It’s hard at times to place items in boxes and yet freeing to let go.  I know this – my china hutch looks a lot better after decluttering and cleaning the mirrors.  

China Hutch 2 
Packaging my grandmother’s china set for my son and soon-to-be daughter-in law.  This is the storage set I used.

Declutter Christmas

This was one of several boxes that were donated to Goodwill and hope others will enjoy decorating their home for next year’s Christmas celebration.

Lemon Paleo Cookies

Of course I’ve been doing a bit of cooking while streamlining.  Here are some wonderful lemon cookies made from Almond and Coconut flour as well as fresh lemons from our backyard tree – one of the perks of living in AZ.  Recipe from Paleo Kitchen Cookbook

One of my goals this year is to read the bible from a chronological perspective and, of course, I will continue my decluttering project.

I’d enjoy hearing about a goal or two of yours.  May 2015 be full of blessings for you.

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Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies – Guest Post: Donna Kosis

Several weeks ago I had the blessing of spending some time with my special friend, Donna. We have know each other for over 20 years and in another season of life we used to do craft boutiques with our friend, Dorothy. Donna is extremely talented especially in the kitchen so when she showed up with a basket full of her goodies for my daughter who had just had a baby – it was a natural fit to request a guest post from this special woman.

Molasses Cookies - Bag

Thank you, Donna, for sharing with Deliciously Inspired.

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As an adult, I have many fond memories from my childhood.  One of those is that of homemade cookies from my mother’s kitchen.  I can’t remember her ever buying “packaged” cookies.  As I became a mother, I carried on that tradition and although my children are young adults, I still have a tendency to  bake cookies every week.  My children know where to find the cookies in the freezer as well as the prepared cookie dough awaiting the oven.

As a guest on my friend Debbie’s  blog, I  am excited to share a recipe that is a keeper.  When I prepare this cookie dough, I only make one recipe at a time (usually for the best results) and I only bake 1-2 dozen and then freeze the rest of the dough.  

Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  3. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. 1/2 ground nutmeg
  5. ½ teaspoon salt
  6. 1 ½ cups sugar
  7. ¾ cups (1 ½ sticks) butter – softened
  8. 1 large egg
  9. ¼ cup molasses
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. with a mixer, beat butter and sugar until combined, beat in egg and then molasses. Gradually add in dry ingredients just until dough forms.
  4. pinch off and roll dough into balls, each about the size of a nickel. then roll each ball into sugar. ( I like to use the large grain sprinkle sugar).
  5. arrange the balls on a baking sheet about 3 inches apart and bake about 10-15 minutes until cookies are firm. they will crackle .
  6. store in an airtight container up to 4 days or freeze.
  7. the remaining dough, I roll into ball place in a freezer bag and bake as need for gift giving or company.
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Donna - Baby Gift1
I know this gift was for my daughter and her family but the time Donna put into this didn’t go unnoticed. It was a hug in a basket and made me feel happy to have her celebrating such a happy time with me.

Molasses Cookies - inside basket
Chocolate Chip Cookies, Fudge and Biscotti were also part of this gift basket.

A tip from Donna – take the 40% discount coupons in the newspaper to the craft stores and see what they have. You never know what you’ll find – like these cute bags for treats.

Now wasn’t that fun? Maybe we can convince Donna to come back and guest post again.

I’d love to hear about a time when someone did something unexpectedly nice for you and touched your heart.

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