Let’s Cook: Cooking Classy’s Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Hello everyone! With the coming of fall so has come a HUGE assortment of pumpkin flavored treats. Pumpkin scones, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin shakes, and the mecca of them all the pumpkin pie. Now I hate to say it, but I’m actually not that big a fan of pumpkin flavor – I’m much bigger into peppermint chocolate flavors of Christmas. However, I’ve found that whenever I make sweets at home I enjoy them much more than when I just go out and buy a box from my local grocer. So I figured, why not see if that holds true for pumpkin flavored things? And you know what guys, it totally does!

This cookie recipe immediately popped out at me on Pinterest because of just how beautiful the cookies looked. The recipe was originally made by Jaclyn of Cooking Classy – who’s blog I really recommend you visit because it is filled with absolutely delicious foods ranging from drinks to desserts. Jaclyn’s passion for cooking really shines through her absolutely gorgeous photography!! Every recipe is plated beautifully and gives you a feel for the care that’s put into every dish. After looking around her blog, Jaclyn has inspired me to keep on working toward becoming a better chef. So, with that in mind, let’s get started!

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting by Cooking Classy

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Colombian Hot Chocolate

One of my favorite memories growing up is from first grade when my mom came into my class and taught everyone how to make Colombian Hot Chocolate. Looking back, I have no clue why this happened – I’m guessing it was some sort of cultural education day or something. Who knows really.

At any rate, until that day I had no idea that the hot chocolate drank in my family was completely different from what my friends had at home. Not only is it different, it’s way better (not that I’m biased or anything haha). Colombian’s melt entire chocolate bars into their hot chocolate, making their version of the drink super dense and luxurious. I usually make this when I’m in the mood for a sweet snack because of how filling it is, especially with some guava paste on toast!


Tools:

Chocolatera (may be replaced with an aluminum saucepan)
Molinillo (may be replaced with a whisk)


Ingredients:

4 Cups Milk
4 Bars Sweetened or Unsweetened Colombian Chocolate (Sol & Luker are prominent brands)
2 Cinnamon Sticks
3-4 Whole Cloves

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Directions:

1. Start by adding your milk, cinnamon, and cloves to the chocolatera. Heat the milk on medium high.

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2. Once the milk has come to a light simmer add in your bars of chocolate. An easy way to know how much chocolate to add is one bar per each cup of milk.

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3. Here is where things get exciting, you’re now going to use your molinillo to beat your ingredients together! To do this place the molinillo between your hands and rub your palms back and forth (like you’re cold). The movement will create a frothing motion and combine your ingredients for a smooth consistency.

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4. When you serve your hot chocolate make sure to strain it as you pour – otherwise you might end up with cloves and cinnamon sticks in your drink.

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Now, here’s the part where Colombian’s really deviate from regular hot chocolate drinkers. Instead of whipped cream or marshmallows we top our toasty beverage with a slice of cheese. My mom and dad always served ours with muenster, but really any type of mild cheese will do. When I don’t feel like putting the cheese directly into my chocolate I’ll melt it onto toast and dip those into my drink. Sound weird? Yes it is a bit, but trust me the combination of sweet and salty is delicious, decadent, and really hits the spot on a chilly day. Enjoy!

ⓛⓞⓥⓔTricia

Yogurt Granola Breakfast Parfait

Hello everyone! I’m not sure about all of you, but I am pretty atrocious when it comes to eating breakfast. Most days I’ll make myself some coffee and that’s that- for whatever reason I have a hard time getting hungry in the morning which isn’t a healthy habit and is something I’m trying to fix. So I’ve begun delving into the mystical world of light breakfasts. Lame, I know. Most adults probably have the whole breakfast routine down, yet here I am sorting it all out at 25 – sigh. However, I will not be discouraged! I’ve found a couple of recipes that’ve been working out nicely – one of which is this yogurt granola parfait.

Eric got me hooked on this after a business trip to Seattle where I’m guessing he had it every day because he came home ever so slightly addicted to the stuff. I’m not going to lie I was a really hard sell on the idea of parfaits – for whatever reason I couldn’t imagine the combination of yogurt and granola to be tasty. But I stand corrected! The granola and fruit give you something to bite into while the yogurt adds a nice overall smoothness to the dish. I’d definitely recommend trying this out if you’re in the mood for something slightly sweet in the morning.

Yogurt Granola Breakfast Parfait

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Let’s Cook: Zoella’s Funfetti Cupcakes

One of my favorite YouTuber’s, Zoella, recently posted a video of her recipe for funfetti cupcakes. So of course I decided I had to try them out – which was awesome because I LOVE cupcakes and terribly daunting because I’m awful at baking. So I started where any reasonable person would start and wrote down the recipe. After which, I quickly realized all the measurements were done to UK standards so I had to convert them before I started baking. This was an oddly cathartic process because literally all I was doing was typing numbers into google for conversion, but the process of doing so made me feel super smart! So that’s a thing I guess. Next I checked that I had all the ingredients and bought any that were missing. I also had to buy icing tips because I haven’t ever iced anything – ever. So yes, I suppose this also present the perfect opportunity for me to learn how to ice… things. To say the least I was skeptical, but it turns out even if I had completed botched these in the beauty department it would have all been okay because they taste incredible!

Funfetti Cupcakes by Zoella

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Spicy BBQ Chicken

Here we have another case of an “oh shit I have nothing planned for dinner and need to go grocery shopping” meal. To be honest I hadn’t planned to post this, until I tried the marinade and decided it was actually pretty delicious!

I find this happening quite a bit actually. The impromptu meals I make (and don’t plan to write down any recipe for) end up tasty and are then requested again later-on causing me to run around like a chicken with its head cut off because I have no idea how I made them.

Well not today! I’ve written down and photographically documented this one to be used at a later date. Ah, also before I forget (in case you were curious) the fries are Trader Joe’s Frozen Hand-Cut Potato Fries, which you’ll simply need to follow the recipe on the bag to make.

Enjoy!

Spicy BBQ Chicken

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