My Sugar Cookie Recipe & Loving our friends well through all seasons of life!

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Meet Penny & Livvy, two of my favorite girls in the whole world who love my cookies!

 

What have I learned in 2016 y’all?  In summary: God gives us immensely lots to handle but, in turn gives us abundant grace and strength to endure… to overcome. It was a year of acceptance and transition and hurt and grace and joy. It was a year of realizing that my life is in God’s control and I had no choice but, to trust Him fully. It was a year of cooking a lot and baking even more. So today’s post I write to share His grace and the way He uses our friends and their families to wait for Him. We celebrate His plans with a lovely cookie recipe because afterall, sugar cookies are completely a gift of grace from the Lord! 

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares -oh my goodness they’re so good Y’all!

IMG_0890Happy Friday, friends! I hope you’ve had such a good week that was full of joy and laughter!  This is my 3rd week of no longer working Full Time and it’s been way interesting!  If someone had said hey, Jennifer you’re going to have a chance to actually pursue your joy & dreams the beginning of this year I would’ve said – no way! While, the I never thought I’d be able to and although there are SO many details surrounding it that made my heart ache- it’s where the Lord has me and I am so grateful.

So, my week has been very different and full of change and anxiety sometimes of the unknown but, also less stressful because I am no longer in an environment that wears me down. The very cool thing is that I am actually getting to spend time writing and brainstorming on where JenniferBakes is going to go and my heart is s full from that. For example, I’m finally able to share this way yummy recipe with you just in time for Thanksgiving! It’s pretty easy and tastes like Fall!

These little squares are perfect for your friends giving, lovely for the Thanksgiving gathering, and on the most ordinary day of the year they’ll make you happy. These are best served after cooling completely in my opinion because they are so moist and the coolness draws out the pumpkin flavor. I am pumped because I made them to share with my very first Blog meet and greet! It’s crazy because I am so excited and yet so nervous to participate. Pray for my heart that I trust Jesus to let Him shine through me and my squares y’all!

Can't wait to meet you guys!

Can’t wait to meet you guys!

Now,  back to the recipe… Folks, Do not let anyone convince you these are better with White Chocolate. They’re crazy I promise and you’ll be way happy if you go semi sweet or bittersweet as I have! White Chocolate is overused in my humble opinion when you want to add something sweet but, are unsure if it can handle the boldness of true chocolate. I promise- they are outstanding and will even satisfy a non pumpkin eater! I cut them into 24 squares usually but, have also gotten 30 or so if I cut smaller.

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* Use a 13×9 pan- and adjust baking time for glass as that may take longer

* Don’t be alarmed that the pumpkin addition makes it appear curdled it’s totally good.

* Don’t try to cut them too soon or they’ll be really messy

* Share these with someone you like.. a Lot. : )

Sometimes I make them with oatmeal!

Sometimes I make them with oatmeal!

 

Here’s the recipe!

 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares

Ingredients

  • PREP: 30 MINS TOTAL TIME: 2 HOURS 30 MINS YIELD: MAKES 24
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin-pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 package (12 ounces) bittersweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Pre-Heat your Oven to 350 & Using Non Stick Spray coat your 13x9 Pan
  2. Using an electric mixer or stand mixer of course cream the butter and sugar on medium high speed until smooth.
  3. White the above is happening Grab a medium bowl & whisk together all of the dry ingredients. Set aside.
  4. Beat in the egg and vanilla
  5. Add in the pumpkin puree and don't worry it will likely look curdled
  6. Reduce speed to low and mix in the dry ingredients until just combined
  7. Fold in the chocolate chips
  8. Spread the batter evenly int the pan and bake!
  9. They'll be ready in 30-33 minutes depending on your pan. I use metal and they're perfect at 30
  10. You want to look for the edges to start pulling away from the pan and they're done.
  11. Let them cool completely- I suggest 2 hours if you can

 

 

Save this on Pinterest for later if you can’t bake them now and plus, this recipe needs to be a new go to! Happy Weekend Y’all!

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Happy November!

Happy November!

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Hearty Chili to welcome Fall, a Life Update, & A GIVEAWAY!

IMG_8778Hey Y’all! Oh my goodness it’s been so very long since I blogged. I can’t believe it’s been almost 9 months! Sad day but, I am so ready to get caught up with you guys and also share my Chili recipe! Since I’m rejoining the blog world as Fall starts I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate cooler weather coming  other than finally sharing the way I make mine! This chili comforts you like an oversized sweater  y’all! The best part is you can take out things you don’t love & the base of this goodness is still way great Chili!

 

There are a few things in my life that always bring me joy: Jesus & His Grace, Thunderstorms, Sunrises, Laughter, & being in the kitchen. Continue reading →

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Hot Chocolate Joy

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When I was a wee child around the age of 10 I went on my first and so far only Ski trip ever. I went with this girl from school and her family who were professional skiing folks. They offered to cover all the expenses & my parents were like sure… ! ha.

We were gone for 4 days- and went to Wintergreen Ski Resort in the mountains in VA. It was a interesting experience and I won’t lie; I was slightly nervous because I had never gone anywhere like that much less traveled with a friend that quite honestly I wasn’t very close to. I’ll sum my time up for you so I can get on to this grand treat of Fancy Hot Chocolate. I didn’t know how to ski. I had no idea how cold it would be to hit the snow again and again and again because I was not coordinated enough to actually make it off the bunny slope. I spent most of the trip with my friend’s Mama shopping on her dime and hanging out at the Lodge where I had to this day the best Hot Chocolate ever. Continue reading →

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Redeemed.

Y’all! I know you are expecting a blog about some delicious cake or crazy good pasta dish. Please hang with me because today I just feel like sharing some truth about life as I know it and I sincerely pray some part of this meets your heart where you need it friend.

I have had such a challenging few months full of so much joy but, also full of change and adjustment and growth.  When I get in these anxiety filled periods the enemy tries super hard to make me question if I am truly a child of the Lord. I battle surrender  Continue reading →

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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies!

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Hey Guys!

I’m super excited to finally share this oh so yummy cookie recipe! These are White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies & they are absolutely phenomenal! They’re full of texture from the cranberries & chocolate chips and you can taste them combined with that perfect butter flavor! Also, doesn’t it make you think they’re sort of healthy since they have Cranberries inside?  Continue reading →

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The Blog is officially 1 Year Old Y’all!

NumberOnePinkY’all! Today my sweet little blog turns 1! I’m singing to you “It’s our anniversary” by Tony Toni Tone. (If you don’t know that song we definitely have a large age gap!) I have listed a link below to the original video of this way great song because you just should know it man! #throwback

 

I digress,

One year ago today I posted my first recipe and began sharing my love for all things food with all of you! Continue reading →

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Brown Butter Cocoa Brownies

Browned Butter might be one of the best things ever created!

Browned Butter might be one of the best things ever created!

One day y’all I was making some chocolate chip cookies via American Test kitchen. They blew me away because it was the first time I’d ever experienced the glory that is brown butter! I have actually been calling it browned butter for a while and that is absolutely the wrong way! It works for me but, because I love y’all and don’t want you sounding as flighty as me, I’ll call it what it is.

Brown Butter. AKA secret to the best baked goods you’ll ever make. I love Brownies of almost any variety. Chewy. Fudgy. Cakey. With Nuts. Without Nuts. Almost always WITH Chocolate Chips. Continue reading →

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The Best Chocolate Cake (And Frosting) Ever… I’m So serious right now.

 

I can't even Deal right now.

I can’t even Deal right now.

Some people were born to sing beautiful songs, write important stories, heal people with their hands… I was born to bake Chocolate Cake. I’m sure of it. Take a moment y’all. Check out this cake in all it’s glory & then read on… it’s calling your name. It’s kinda etched into my memory right now. Continue reading →

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Ricotta Asparagus Tart-Let me count the ways this is amazing!

 

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Happy Monday, y’all! Is it Summertime where you are because it’s kinda Summertime here in Eastern North Carolina! This tart is perfect for your ladies brunch or easy Sunday morning family eating! Continue reading →

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