Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft and spiced Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies remind me of childhood and are the ideal way to end (or start) your day as fall takes over.


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies that are soft and spiced for fall

I’ve been blogging for a really long time, almost 7 1/2 years! It’s funny seeing people’s reaction when they ask how long I’ve been blogging. Usually the average is 1-2 years with a handful at 5 years. During my first two years of blogging or so, I’ve posted some of my all-time favorite recipes. Except back then, I had no clue about food photography. I could kinda style, but lighting was certainly out of the question. One of my all-time favorite cookies I wanted to revisit are my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies that I posted back in 2008. Six years ago! I even still have that jack o’ lantern mug. Since I’m a much better photographer now, I wanted to put these pumpkin cookies back in the spotlight. Plus I adjusted the recipe a bit to make them even better. Soft and spiced, these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies are what you need while the leaves are changing colors and the mornings are getting cooler.

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Apple Pie Crumb Bars

Apple Pie Crumb Bars have everything you love about apple pie – buttery dough, homemade pie filling, lots of spices – without needing to make a pie crust.


Apple Pie Crumb Bars with pecans

Being the avid baker that I am, I’m often asked how am I not fat eating all of my baked goods (for the record, I’m not a skinny super model, but I’m certainly not big either. Most people say I have an average body type, and I’m perfectly fine with that). Truth is I give most of my food away. When I worked my corporate job, I was always bringing in food on Mondays. Coworkers often (jokingly) accused me of sabotaging people’s diets at work. Hey, I’m just here to test your willpower. Now that I work at home, I have to be a little more creative in giving food away. My library was taking donations for their bake sale fundraiser, so I showed up with three freezer bags full of peanut butter fudge (this recipe and another version not posted yet) and yesterday’s rocky road cookie fudge bars. Earlier this month, my friend invited me over for Supper Club where everyone brought over a dish to eat together. I wanted to actually cook for it, so I brought pulled chicken sandwiches along with leftover caramel apple cheesecake and these Apple Pie Crumb Bars. Everybody was full so not many people ate them on the spot, but they did take them home. These crumb bars have the flavors of apple pie yet you don’t need to make a pie crust. Whether you feel uncomfortable about making homemade pie crust or just don’t have the time or energy, these crumb bars are perfect for bakers of any skill level.

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Rocky Road Cookie Fudge Bars + Cookbook Giveaway

Rocky Road Cookie Fudge Bars

Rocky Road Cookie Fudge Bars are decadent, rich cookie bars topped with chocolate-covered marshmallows and walnuts (plus a cookbook review of Dessert Mash-Ups). It's no surprise that I love to combine two recipes into one - Strawberry Shortcake … [Continue reading]

Greek Sloppy Joes

Greek Sloppy Joes made with ground lamb, peperoncini, feta cheese, and cucumber yogurt sauce

Time to take your taste buds to Greece with these Greek Sloppy Joes made with ground lamb, peperoncini, feta cheese, and a homemade tzatziki (cucumber yogurt) sauce. As often as I cook with beef and chicken at home, I must admit lamb is my … [Continue reading]

Caramel Apple Pecan Cheesecake

Caramel Apple Pecan Cheesecake

Caramel Apple Pecan Cheesecake is a caramel cheesecake topped with cooked apples and pecans tossed in caramel sauce. The other day I decided to have a little fun and count how many cheesecake-related recipes I had on the blog and how many blocks … [Continue reading]

Curry Baked Chicken Wings #SundaySupper

Curry Baked Chicken Wings

Love eating out but want to save time and money? Making chicken wings at home is easy, and these Indian-inspired Curry Baked Chicken Wings will bring a little global spice to dinner. Earlier this month, I talked about my love for Shrimp Curry. … [Continue reading]