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Monday, October 11, 2010

Fall Baking with Jennifer Fabulous and Kerrie Lovely

When we're not busy stalking rockstars and crashing frat parties, Kerrie and I enjoy spending peaceful evenings at home, baking and chatting quietly over coffee.

This past weekend we decided to have a little fall baking party (well, um, party for two, I guess, haha). We made the most delicious, moist pumpkin cookies in the world and steaming pumpkin spice lattes that could give Starbucks a run for its money.

But first, we needed to go grocery shopping! We ended up driving to another town so we could access a 24-hour grocery store, since we began our fall party at midnight.

As you can see, once we got there, I managed to squeeze my 500 pound ass into this kiddie cart.

Fifty pound Kerrie, of course, had no trouble bouncing around in a regular cart. Lol.

After we purchased our baking supplies, I decided to try my hand at The Claw. Unfortunately, I didn't win anything.

So I decided to use the rest of my money to ride the fake horse in the grocery store's entrance.

Kerrie joined in the fun!

Finally around 1:30 a.m., we got busy baking at Kerrie's house.

And then we enjoyed our hard work! It was scrumptious!

Kerrie insisted I give you both our recipes from our fabulous fall party, and I agreed.

Here is the recipe for the pumpkin cookies. As I said earlier, these cookies are super soft and moist. They almost taste like cake, they are so good. (Kerrie and I changed up the recipe a little bit by replacing the icing with cream cheese frosting and added orange frosting designs on top).

Iced Pumpkin Cookies

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

2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.
2.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.
3.Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then drizzle glaze with fork.
4.To Make Glaze: Combine confectioners' sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling consistency.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

2 cups milk
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin OR 1 teaspoon of Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup (your choice)
2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute - you can halve this amount
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1-2 shots espresso (about 1/4 cup of espresso or 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee if you don't have an espresso machine.)

In a saucepan combine milk, pumpkin and sugar and cook on medium heat, stirring, until steaming. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and spice, transfer to a blender and process for 15 seconds until foamy. If you don't have a blender, don't worry about it - just whisk the mixture really well with a wire whisk.

Pour into a large mug or two mugs. Add the espresso on top.

Optional: Top with whipped cream and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or cinnamon on top.

I hope everyone had a happy and cozy weekend!


Sydney at PetiteGorgeous said...

Love the drawings on the first pic :). Pumpkin cookies rock! I would have to try that recipe.

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Melanie's Randomness said...

Oooo Pumpkin cookies & vending machines & lattes & Awesome carts!! Soo awesome! I wish I had a gal pal who would do all this stuff! =)

JUST ME said...

Those sound delicious. I might try them both.

One question though: how the hell did you drink lattes at 1:30 AM?

ching said...

that is one cool kiddie cart. :D
and that looks yummy.

plentyforpennies said...

MMMM...that looks heavenly! Can smell it just looking at it! Thanks for commenting on my blog!!

Josie said...

Those cookies look so tasty, but I have to say that grocery stores steal the show for this post. I LOVE them. I could honestly spend days in a grocery store; there are so many fun things to do.
xo Josie

Vivek Nanda said...

Wow..those look awesome..yummy!!

Vintage Vixen said...

You and the cookies look awesome! xxx

Venus In Virgo said...

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Missy said...

oh yummy!i'd love to hang out with you two x

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Sherin said...

Hehe, looks like a fun day. The cupcakes look delicious. I used to love riding in the shopping carts. I should definitely start doing that again, haha.

Couture Carrie said...

Super fun post and pics, darling!
Thanks for the recipe!


The Owl's Closet said...

You and Kerrie have the best adventures!! Wow, you made ur own Pumpkin Spice Lattes?? Ooo thank you for these recipes! I'll have to try them out!

P.S. Love the pics of you guys in the shopping carts! Haha! Too cute

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Courtney Erin said...

Awesome photos -- I love all the ones that involve riding children's rides at the store!

xoxo ~ Courtney

Liv said...

Okay, why am I not having friends over for late night (martini-fueled) baking parties or riding around in shopping carts?! What is wrong with me?! Thanks for helping me see the light, Jen!

And seriously, how sweet was that comment you left me? I feel all gooey now! :-)

mariahsmile said...

The cookies and lattes look too amazing, so thanks for the recipes! I had a mini pumpkin pie blizzard this weekend and it was pretty amazing! I love pumpkin stuff!

Stevia said...

the food is looking good! :)

ooohh. I always wanted to sit in that cart too everytime I go grocery shopping! LOL


Marie said...

A quiet night at home with a friend is always good.:D

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LyddieGal said...

looks like you had a really fun time at the grocery store -- and DIY PSL - awesome, have to try that one!

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Sanny said...

Awhhhh, it looks like a super fun day! From the grocery shopping to baking! I love both activities but I usually ruin the baking part LOL I totally would try out your recipe!

Have an exciting one! (:

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iamronel said...

both of you are mean,, i got hungry said...

throw some cup cakes here

Leia said...

You girls always have so much fun! Defintely copying these recipes down, although I don't know if you can get pureed pumpkin here...


My Own Strange Little World said...

Thanks for your comment!! You girls really know how to have fun!!!

Charlie said...

never tried pumpkin cookies! the photos are so funny, looks like you had a great time!

xxx Charlie

Anonymous said...

Wow! Those cookies look so yummy Jennifer! Would love me one!!! :)

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Audrey Allure said...

Mmm those look delicious!

daisychain said...

you two are adorable!

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Imogen said...

You two are amazing. I love it how you make things so much fun such as the shopping trip. I totally would have been riding the fake horse too. Your cooking looks so tasty and very fabulous. I'd love it try these sometime.

btd. said...

Pumpkin! I want to try this for Halloween.
You guys look so cute! Definitely in the shopping cart and on the pony. :)

My Republic of Fashion said...

Loving these pictures. Those cupcakes look yummy and hello spiced latte. That drink looks sooooo delicious!! :)SarahD

Zuzia said...

it looks like a great fun! love the pictures xx

BM said...

thank you for such a sweet comment :)

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Kellie W. said...

Hahah, looks like you two had fun! I've always wanted to ride around in those racecar-shaped kiddie carts!
And those cookies sound SO GOOD. Maybe I'll try making them this weekend!

Bren said...

How fun! I'm a big fan of late night baking, and sadly haven't had a chance to do much lately. I bet your pumpkin cookies made the house smell so good, and like Fall was in the air! I can't wait to bake my own pumpkin yumminess soon!

Bren @ Chasing Beauty

Dina's Days said...

Ha ha you guys are insane! I used the same recipe for pumpkin lattes a few weeks ago and they turned out great. Looks like a great time with a good friend :)

SMASH said...

I think we'd be friends IRL you look like you love to be silly and have fun which is precisely what my friends and I do all the time. loves it.


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Robbie said...

There's nothing wrong with having a baking party for two, I love doing that it's so much fun. Your treats look delicious, well done!

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anhesty said...

how fun! and so yummy!!! i want some!

JMJE said...

Wow, this is awesome. I really want to make my own pumpkin spice latte.

Rachel said...

Lol! It looks like you girls were having so much fun! Those cookies sound delish!!

Coily Mystic said...

cute pics!!!


Oslo by fashion said...

So cute pics and really nice blog :)

Jessica said...

This looks like so much fun! I need to host a baking party!

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Alan said...

how fun! and so yummy!!! i want some!

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