Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Rainy day = baking/movie day

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Today was a gloomy, rainy day, so out came the baking supplies, as well as a trip to the video store to pick up some movies.

Baking agenda - iced pumpkin cookies, chocolate chip bar cookies and Andes Creme de Menthe cookies.
Movies - Pitch Perfect 2, Spy and Entourage.

The house was smelling really good until I discovered that we have a skunk under our deck. Lici was going nuts trying to get at it. Yikes!! Thankfully she didn't get sprayed! It did let out an odor though, as I could get a faint smell of it here and there with the windows open. I had to keep her inside until John got home from work. He got out the moth balls, and started tossing them under the deck. And lo and behold, it came out... it was a huge lil bugger! It took off towards the back of the yard and went through the fence to our neighbors side, behind their garage. We are thinking it kept going, as once we got closer it wasn't no where to be seen. He threw a bunch of moth balls back there as well. I am hoping it stays away! We have put up boards to keep it from getting under the deck.

Back to my baking. Oh all the goodies that were made! Just shy of 2 dozen of the choc chip bar cookies, just shy of 3 dozen pumpkin cookies, and 4 dozen of the andes cookies.

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Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Icing:
2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.

In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then drizzle glaze with fork.

To Make Glaze: Combine confectioners' sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling consistency.

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