Gingerbread Whoopie Pies!

Hey all!

It has been a REALLY long time since I posted last. School has kinda taken over. So, I’m going to post several times this week, sharing my limited amount of Christmas inspiration, and then you won’t hear from me for several more months. (I would try to be more positive and say that I’ll post once a month or something, but I know that’s not going to happen. Maybe sometime during spring break.)

Anyways, to start off my Christmas posting, I have Gingerbread Whoopie Pies!!! This is a great recipe from Carlsbad Cravings.

My only note is about the crystallized ginger. I did not have any, so I took Jen’s suggestion and added a 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger instead. While she is probably right that they are much better with the crystallized ginger, I thought they were just fine without it.

Wait, I have one more thing to say. It is MUCH less messy if you put the cookie dough in a piping bag and squeeze it out onto the cookie sheet! I saw this tip when I read through what she said when I made them a second time. Let me tell you, it is SO MUCH EASIER!

That’s all I have to say. Here’s the recipe. They’re super yummy, even without the crystallized ginger!

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Hope you love them!

~Joy

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Cinnamon Ornaments

Hey,

Christmas is on it’s way, and I’ve got a fun post for you!  I made these Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments last year, but if took pictures and found the recipe back! Bother were super simple, and I really like how they turned out!  The recipe is in the link above, but I’ll go through the directions here.

Mix everything together, I think I probably did half a batch, since there isn’t much in the bowl, but I don’t really remember.

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Roll it out on a surface sprinkled with cinnamon.  ( It’s like when you scatter flour on your surface for cookies.)

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Cut out some fun shapes with cookie cutters and bake.  Make sure you poke some holes in them first!

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After they’re baked!

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I tied some cute bakers twine on…

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I put all over the house, and they smelled great!

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Hope you guys like them, I know I was pretty pleased!

~Joy

Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Hello, all,

Today, I made these great Iced Pumpkin Cookies.  I loved them, and the finished product was beautiful!  Here are some pictures I took afterward.

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Here’s the recipe, and the link is above.

Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 2 1/2 Cups 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

Glaze

  • 2 Cups Confectioners’ Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Melted Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

 Directions

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2.  Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt, then set aside.

3.  In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and white sugar.  Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla to mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients, and drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls.

4.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven.

5.  While the cookies bake, combine confectioners’ sugar, milk, melted butter, and vanilla.  Adjust for desired consistency.

6.  Let the cookies cool, then dip them in the glaze, or drizzle it on.

Thats it!  Below is how I glazed the cookies.

First, dip the top of the cookie into the glaze.

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Let the the excess drip off.

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Then, set it on some parchment or wax paper to set.  I sprinkled a bit of cinnamon on the top, too, as you can see in the pictures at the beginning of this post.

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Well, that’s all I have for now.  Hope you enjoy these wonderful pumpkin cookies!

~Joy

Whoopie Pies

Hey,

I have this small obsession with whoopie pies.  They are so fun!  What can be better than frosting sandwiched between two small circles of cake?  After the third try, I’ve figured out how to make them the way I want.  (Sometimes, it takes dedication, ok?).  Here is how I did it:

I used the recipe from Sweet by the editors of Food Network Magazine for my whoopie pies and frosting (though, normaly, I would use this recipe for the frosting).

That's our dinner on the bottom. Ham and cheese casserole. Mmmm!

That’s our dinner on the bottom. Ham and cheese casserole. Mmmm!

Once they cooled, I frosted them!  It took quite a few tries to get it right, but I figured out a way it works.  Comment if you figured out a good way to frost them!

First, I spread a little on one side of the cookie.

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Now, on the other side, I put a little dollop of frosting.  It doesn’t need much!

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I dipped them in crushed pretzels for a little crunch, and they turned great!

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Press the other side on, and there you go!  Yummy little whoopie pies!  Hope you guys like them as much as I do!!!

~Joy