So, on Saturday I decided that in order to try and improve my week I needed to bake something. The weather here has been trying to change to fall the last couple of days, and the mornings have been nice and crisp. It puts me in the mood to pull out a good fall recipe. I turned to a recipe I was given last year about this time. I was visiting my Aunt in Colorado and her sister-in-law made the most amazing cookies I had ever tasted. Being the 'betty' that I am, I just HAD to have the recipe. She was generous enough to share it with me. I haven't made them yet this year and when the recipe popped into my head I knew I had to make them.
I laid out all the ingredients in the order they needed to be added, along with the supplies I would need. I popped my CD into the player and turned the volume all the way up. When Christina Perri's voice started singing my new go-to-song Jar Of Hearts, I closed my eyes and took a deep breath and opened my eyes and started my baking. I measured, scooped, poured, cracked, and sprinkled my way through the recipe while I sang along to the song. (paying special attention to the chorus: Who do you think you are running 'round leaving scars - collecting your jar of hearts and tearing love apart - you're gonna catch a cold, from the ice inside your soul - so don't come back for me, don't come back at all.) I was a little nervous that my bad week would turn into a bad recipe, but I showed myself that that was a silly worry. It was a perfect song and a perfect recipe and the result was a batch of perfect cookies. I felt better afterwards, and that was the point. Now I have some delicious cookies to enjoy and share with my family and friends. Another therapeutic session in the kitchen!
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies:
1tsp baking soda
2tsp baking powder
2tsp cinnamon or pumpkin spice
1 10oz can pure pumpkin
2 eggs, beaten
1 large package milk chocolate chips
Mix all ingredients together and bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes. Makes 4 - 5 dozen cookies.