Did you know pumpkin is New Hampshire's state fruit?
Never mind that... did you know pumpkin is a fruit?!? Hello.... I didn't.
In the spirit of keeping things all New Hampshire made today, I have my favorite fellow New Hampshire blogger with us today, as well as a Yankee Magazine Giveaway. Yankee Magazine is based right out of Dublin, NH!
But first lets talk about my guest poster and these cookies!
Everyone say hi to Rachel, from Baked By Rachel.
I first discovered Rachel's blog when I saw this Guinness Ice Cream Float recipe last winter on foodgawker. I don't even like beer and I wanted this BAD. Rachel's blog had me instantly hooked by delicious recipes and drool worthy photos, but then when realized she was from New Hampshire I was pumped. There are very few New Hampshire food bloggers that I've come to be friends with. Not only are we practically neighbors (when I say neighbors I mean same state... as many of my blogging friends live clear across the country!) She has 3 kids the exact same ages as mine, our youngests only being days apart! Pretty sure we should start planning some sort of arranged marriage now... I'm sure her girls my boys and her son and my daughter would all get along so well. And they are all so stinkin cute!
Today Rachel has a Pumpkin Ginger Snap to share with us all. They look and sound awesome, and have been moved up on my todo baking list this week!
Hi guys! I'm Rachel from Baked by Rachel. When Carrie asked me to join in on her pumpkin celebration week, I couldn't say no! It's one of those must love seasonal flavors, right next to apple of course! Fall is by far my favorite season, not only for the amazing recipes and comfort food we get to indulge in but also for the weather. The leaves are falling, the air is crisp and cool. It's just perfect. What's even better... this cooler weather means it's totally okay to heat up the house baking away! I was beyond indecisive for what to whip up for my pumpkin recipe and finally landed on these cookies. I'm going to go right out on a limb here and suggest that these be one of your new go to Fall cookies. They have a soft cakey texture full of pumpkin and spice (and everything nice) rolled in a sugar coating. They're seriously irresistible. You may even want to whip up a double batch of dough so you can bake fresh cookies when the mood strikes you.
Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Slightly adapted from: Two Peas and Their Pod
Makes 3-4 dozen cookies
1/2C butter, softened
1C granulated sugar, plus additional for rolling
1/2C canned pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2C all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp salt
In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add pumpkin, molasses, egg and vanilla. Mix until just combined.
Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Slowly add to wet mixture. Mix until fully combined.
Cover and chill for at least 1 hour or until easy to handle.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
Add 1/4 cup granulated sugar to a small bowl. Roll golfball size pieces of dough in sugar until fully coated, then transfer to your prepared baking sheets. Space cookies at least 2 inches apart. Bake for 11-12 minutes or until just golden on the bottom.
Allow to rest on baking sheet for several minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container. Remaining dough should be kept chilled or frozen until ready to use.
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NOW time for the Yankee Magazine's Lost and Vintage Recipes giveaway.
This cookbook-azine, is packed full of delicious vintage New England inspired recipes and photos. These are the types or recipes I grew up eating, recipes that bring back memories. Things like Cream of Mushroom Soup, Waffle Maker Brownies, Pumpkin Custard, Cranberry Pudding... I am pretty sure I've made notes on every single page of this recipe collection. Everything is a MUST make!
You can enter to win a copy of your own! This is especially great for those of you who are not Yankees and get the magazine in your area!
Giveaway is open until 10/21/2012. Open to US residents only.
To enter all you have to do is...
Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite vintage childhood recipe is.
For additional entries leave a separate comment below telling me you have done the following.
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3) Follow Yankee Magazine on Facebook click HERE.
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7) Tweet the following " I just entered to win @yankeemagazine 's Lost and Vintage Recipes on @bakeaholicmama "
(Disclaimer: I have received no monetary compensation to write this post. Yankee Magazine provided me with one copy of Lost and Vintage Recipes for myself and one for a giveaway. All opinions are my own.)