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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Silas and Kathrynne helped me make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies tonight. We had a blast making them together — and enjoying taste-testing the batter before baking the cookies.

These cookies were very easy to make. I substituted raw sugar for both the brown and regular sugar. And I subbed melted butter for the oil.

Oh and I didn’t see that I was supposed to mix the baking soda in the milk in time. I’d already mixed the baking soda into the dry ingredients, so I just went with that and left the milk out. I’m assuming the purpose of mixing it in is to prevent it from clumping and making a nice bitter bite in a cookie? But truly, that’s just a guess. Anyone know a better reason?

The final result was pretty good. I wouldn’t say they were fantastic. And they were not anywhere near as good as our family’s favorite Whole-Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies.

But they weren’t bad. Just different… I think most of that was because the pumpkin makes them more cake-y and softer than a typical cookie.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Frappe

I’ve never been a big fan of Frappes as I prefer my coffee hot. However, I saw this recipe for a Pumpkin Pie Frappe and knew I had to try it.

It didn’t disappoint. I changed a few things — as is to be expected of me! 🙂 I swapped whole milk for the coconut milk, raw sugar for the Stevia, and just threw in a lot of ice instead of actually freezing the coffee.

The end result was delicious — as pronounced by every family member at dinner tonight when I served it as a special treat. 🙂

7-Layer Pumpkin Magic Bars

I was really hopeful about this recipe. I mean, I love pumpkin and I love Magic Bars. So combining the two should work well, right?

Well, actually not, in my opinion. It just tasted off. Like a flavor collision gone wrong. They were also a little too gooey (notice dripping bar in the photos?).

It might just be me, though. So if you try the recipe for 7-Layer Pumpkin Magic Bars, let us know what you think!

By the way, I know I said I was only doing a week of pumpkin recipes, but I found five more recipes I really wanted to try. So you’ll just have to bear with two weeks of pumpkin recipes. 🙂 If you don’t like pumpkin, don’t worry, We’ll be spotlighting apple recipes a little later this month!

Pumpkin Crescent Rolls

These are the BEST Pumpkin Crescent Rolls ever! SO soft, warm, tender, and DELICIOUS! The perfect fall recipe -- especially slathered with butter and honey!

Guest post from Brigette Shevy

I absolutely love baking. I am constantly experimenting in the kitchen with my two favorite things to make – breads and desserts. I try new recipes on a weekly basis, and I rarely make the same thing twice.

My point in mentioning this? Well, I’m about to make an epic statement: I have made these pumpkin rolls again and again. And again. They’re that good, folks! When it comes to homemade rolls, it doesn’t get much better than these.

You can’t taste the pumpkin in these at all, but the pumpkin is there for a reason. It makes these rolls tender, soft and absolutely delicious (all while boosting your daily vitamin A intake!).

The finished rolls are a beautiful golden fall color – although the color varies depending on what kind of pumpkin you are using (in the pictures below, I used homemade pumpkin puree, so my rolls are lighter than they will be if you use canned pumpkin – but either is fabulous!).

These rolls freeze well, reheat well, and I’ve had great success with them still being nice and soft after several days. They are the perfect accompaniment for soups and stews, which my family eats a lot of during the fall and winter.

We love these plain or slathered with butter and honey – and we even cut them in half and use them as sandwich bread (for any sandwich filling that works well on soft, light bread).

I can almost guarantee these rolls will be a new favorite food at your dinner table too!

Brigette is a full-time wife and mother who is blessed with three amazing bundles of energy (ages 5, 3 and 1). She enjoys music, experimenting in the kitchen, homeschooling her children, finding great deals, long-distance running, and anything chocolate.

4 Pumpkin Recipes You Should Try

We had our one-day, four-family garage sale today. And while everyone pitched in and helped a lot, I’m still wiped out tonight… so I’m skipping baking something with pumpkin and am instead going to share four pumpkin recipes I’ve posted here before. Enjoy!

These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins are a family favorite and one of the most popular recipes I’ve ever posted. If you’ve not tried them before, you really shouldn’t wait another day to whip this recipe up.

Switch out the sweet potatoes in this smoothie for pumpkins and you have a delicious Pumpkin Smoothie — perfect for fall!

Looking for an amazing scone recipe? Go make a batch of Pumpkin Scones. These are hands down the best scones on the planet, in my opinion. SO good!

These Pumpkin Carrot Cake Muffins freeze well and make for a nutritious and yummy breakfast or snack.

Have you made anything with pumpkin this week? If so, tell us about it — and share the link to the recipe, if you have one.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Love pumpkin spice lattes but hate the price? Save money by making your own at home with this delicious recipe!

I’ve tried a few recipes for Pumpkin Spice Latte in the past, but I’ve never been too thrilled with the outcome. All the recipes I’ve tried were time-consuming, tedious, and not very tasty.

But that all changed when I made A Farmgirl’s Dabbles recipe for making a Week’s Worth of Pumpkin Spice Latte base. It’s so easy to make a batch — and then even easier to make a single cup.

But it’s not only easy, it’s delicious. In fact, this is the first recipe I’ve found that actually seems to pretty closely mirror Starbucks.

And I’m guessing it’s quite a bit healthier for you than Starbucks, too! I think the Starbucks version might be a tad sweeter, but you could always add more sweetened condensed milk or sugar to the base batch or stir in some extra sweetener or coffee syrup to your cup when you make it.

By the way, when I told my husband that I was making this yesterday, he asked me all on his own if he could stop after work and get some dark chocolate for chocolate shavings on top. I kid you not. I love that man!

I followed the recipe exactly as written on A Farmgirl’s Dabbles. (Can you believe that? I actually followed a recipe. I need to print and frame the recipe and hang it on my wall or something as it just might be the first time ever!).

What are you waiting for? Head on over to her blog to check it out. It’s a winner!

Want something a little healthier, try this Real Food version of Pumpkin Spice Latte.