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Pinterest Challenge: Fall Cookies

We hope that you’re enjoying the beautiful fall season! While we still have quite warm weather here in California, Pinterest is aflutter with tons of pins showing cute fall ankle boots, plaid ponchos and lots and lots of yummy fall-themed cookies. It seemed about time for another Pinterest challenge, so I queued up my fellow authors and initiated a fall cookie challenge. If nothing else, it was a great excuse to do some baking and incorporate some of the spices of the season.

Mere…When I think of fall sweets, the yummy flavors of pumpkin, apple, and cranberry immediately come to mind. Upon receiving this “fall-themed cookie challenge” from fellow TK blogger Kristi, I began scrolling through my Pinterest “sweets treats” board to find the perfect cookie. I decided on White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies from Shugary Sweets Blog, and boy, am I glad that I did!

White chocolate isn’t my typical go-to chocolate (I tend to be a sucker for dark chocolate), but the combination of white chocolate and cranberry in a cookie was delicious! These cookies were the perfect balance of sweet and tart and tasted like fall with each bite. I ended up gifting these cookies to a co-worker, otherwise I would have gobbled them all up!

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This recipe is simple and easy to follow. I didn’t stray from the directions much—personally, I believe that over-baking cookies is a faux pas, so I suggest watching the cookies during the last two minutes of baking to avoid dry and over-cooked cookies.

Kristi…I’m a HUGE fan of pumpkin, and even though you can get canned pumpkin year round, it only seems fitting to incorporate it into my diet when the weather is crisp. So when we decided to do this challenge, I knew that my cookie needed to involve pumpkin. After a bit of scanning on Pinterest I located the Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting by Frugal Living NW. I’m one of those types that loves squishy, soft cookies that are barely cooked, so add the pumpkin and this recipe seemed right up my alley.

Let me tell you this recipe did not disappoint. It created a delicious melt-in-your-mouth treat, with everyday ingredients that I had in my pantry (Cream Cheese was the only thing I had to run out to get).

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Overall, it was a fairly straight-forward recipe, which I was able to whip up quite easily. Here are a few tips to consider:

  • Not being a huge fan of frosting (mostly for the additional calories that it adds), I ended up making a half batch of frosting. The cookies are super yummy as a standalone dessert, so those looking for a lighter version, may want to consider.
  • I also slightly reduced the sugar I added (from 1.5 cups to 1.25 cups). The cookies still tasted nice and sweet!
  • Lastly, I bumped up the amount of cinnamon and nutmeg that I added in my batch, and to be honest, I still felt like it could have used a touch more. This of course depends on how spicy you like your baking, but for me, I would say add another 1/2 to 1 tsp.

Bri… I wanted to try something that would be easy and fast, but also healthy — if at all possible. Enter the 2-ingredient vegan oatmeal cookie. When I think of oatmeal, I’m reminded of chilly days in front of a hot bowl of steamy oats and cinnamon. I think this recipe flourishes on the internet due to its simplicity: it’s just 1 ripe mashed banana mixed with 1 cup of oats that’ve been pulsed in a food processor into a flour-like consistency. You can add more flavor mix-ins if you’d like. Bake for 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees. Yields ~9 cookies. For my test kitchen night, I paired the oatmeal and banana with chocolate chunks and cinnamon.

When I bit into it, I enjoyed the chocolate bits and the warm banana flavors, but the first words out of my mouth were: “It tastes healthy…”

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If you’re one of those people who say: “If you’re going to eat a cookie… EAT A REAL COOKIE!” Then, this is not the cookie for you. It has a distinct oatty/nutty flavor. Once they get to room temperature or cold, they’re not enjoyable because the texture is mushy. My friend took a bite of a hot one right out of the oven. Bless his heart, it wasn’t until after he took a bite that he told me he doesn’t like anything with banana in it. Suffice to say, the cookie did not get a thumbs up from him.

Verdict: I won’t make them again, but I’m glad I gave it a try!

We had lots of fun sourcing out fun Fall cookie recipes. Do you have a favorite recipe that you like to make each year? If so, please share a link below and let us know your tips!

This post is part of an ongoing series. Please check out all our Pinterest Challenge posts.

Organizing a Tiny Apartment Kitchen: Spice Rack That’s Perfect for Petites [Video]

Welcome to my tiny kitchen! There are nice things to be said about having a small kitchen, such as only having to walk 1 or 2 steps from any point of the work triangle. I rarely splash water out of a pot when carrying it from sink to stove. (Win!)kitchen1There are also some potential issues with a small kitchen. For instance, mine has no drawers.

No drawers?!Good grief, where do all the utensils go?

While troubling at first, I’ve found that having a small space can be functional (and cute, if I may be so bold) with a little creativity and a lot of hooks and containers.

With my small stature (<5’ tall), I can easily reach the bottom row of the upper cabinets and the cabinets under the sink. However, if I want anything else from the cabinets in this kitchen, the step stool saves the day, as well as ONE OF MY FAVORITE ORGANIZING PRODUCTS OF ALL TIME:Rubbermaid’s spice rack.
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so that I can reach things! (Watch my related vlog to see the pull-down action.) This product could also be great for corralling vitamins, small paint bottles or medicine.

Kitchen2Isn’t it neat?! And, yes, the spices are in alphabetical order. It wasn’t always like that. It only took me one bleary-eyed morning of sprinkling cumin into my oatmeal rather than cinnamon to incite me to put these jars of magic -or in the case of my oatmeal that day, mayhem- into alphabetical order.

One issue: my spice jars are not as deep as the container space in the rack, so sometimes the jars would get jumbled and look like this hot mess:

Kitchen4OK, it’s not that bad, but it still frustrated me. So, I put a bumper behind the jars in the rack. As a result, the jars no longer shift around and look disorganized—hooray! You can see how I did this by watching the related vlog:

Where to buy? I suggest trying Rubbermaid’s website, AmazonLowesTarget, or  Walmart. Container Store also sells a similar product.

I would love to hear about your favorite organizing products (spice-related or not), so please leave a comment below.

PS – shout out to my big brother; he gave me this spice rack! xoxo, Bri