Sunday, September 23, 2012


I spent the better part of the day Saturday mowing and starring at the beautiful sapphire blue of the sky. I love how the light changes and plays among the trees this time of the year, Dylan dog just likes rolling in the leaves.

What better way to welcome autumn in then a little fall baking and I couldn't think of anything better then cookies.  

The citrus smell of fresh grated orange rind along with the sweet smell of cinnamon and pumpkin.

Best part is for those of you that really like a little extra something with their cookies, these get glazed! Use a little or a lot and you have yourself one fine tasty treat.
Be sure to use only the freshest and best ingredients…..

And you’ll be rewarded with something so sinfully good!

These cookies bake up light and moist, like little mini cakes! Mister man really enjoys these and he doesn't have a big sweet tooth.

If you don’t like pumpkin you could always indulge in a few of these little treats. Lucky for us we happen to have this tray of fresh made macarons in our refrigerator so we had the best of both! I have to tell you these macarons arrived freshly made and some of the best I’ve ever enjoyed aside from in France.
Pumpkin Cookies

1cup sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
½ cup butter
1 tablespoon grated fresh orange peel
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup raisins


¼ cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-2 tablespoons milk

Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together sugar, pumpkin, butter and orange peel. Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Drop by teaspoon onto un-greased baking sheet. Bake until light golden brown about 8-10 minutes. Immediately remove from baking sheet and cool on a rack. Spread with glaze and enjoy!

(The cookies will still look a little like dough when they come out of the oven but don’t worry they’re cooked and will set up more as they cool. They don't spread when they cook so go ahead and place a bunch on your cookie sheet.)
If you try these pumpkin cookies be sure to let me know what you think, I would love to hear.
I hope you all enjoy your first week of autumn and welcome to all my new followers!
(All pictures are mine.)


The enchanted home said...

Hey Debra..that first picture is gorgeous.....Dylan seems to be happy fall is here. And those cookies, I am almost smell the orange from here...yum!!
There isn't a cookie I don't love so thanks for sharing the recipe, they sound wonderful. Enjoy the spectacular fall day!

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Looks divine...and Dylan looks really happy...Happy Fall to all 3 of you. Mona

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...


IT sounds like you had a wonderful day, even though you had to mow the light and the landscape sound beautiful. And if Dylan's photo is anything to go by I would say a good time was had by all.

I am making these cookies this week, perhaps even today but I am out of sugar. I do not know how that happened.

They look fabulous and with the extra glaze...yummy!

I hope you have a great day! Looking forward to more of your posts!

xx Elizabeth

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

HI Debra
Sorry I haven't been over for so long, the summer has been pretty crazy here! I always love the pictures you post of your property, the trees are amazing, and just look at those autumn colours!
Have never made pumpkin cookies so I'll be giving yours a try, thank you!
best wishes

Heather Robinson said...

Debra, that photo of DD made my day--and I have had a really nice day too!! :) What a lovely post, as always...

michele said...

i love dylan rolling in the leaves!!! i'm not a fan of pumpkin, but i just devoured that whole tray of your cyber macarons! was just talling my mom about my beautiful gift from you. i am with her in arizona in her very pristine swedish country house.

smiles from the desert!


Room Seventeen said...

Wow, yellow, brown and red leaves....autumn in Holland is still green.

My Little Bungalow said...

Hi there. I just found your website via Classic Casual Home. I love your photos and your pumpkin cookies look delicious! Your dog, Dylan, is adorable. I look forward to browsing through your blog.

La Brocanteuse said...

Hi D! All looks real yumm! I still want to try my hand at macarons, really, really!thank you for sharing and have a lovely week xx Colette

Murissa said...

Looks delicious and what a lovely fall shot!
It has been very warm here in the Okanagan, BC, so far this fall so the trees have yet to change. I love the colours of the mountain sides in fall and the perfect temperature with just a slight nip in the air.
These would be the perfect indulgence after a long hike!

The Wanderfull Traveler

Woodside Park said...

Hey Debra - Yummy!!! I could eat lots of those. A cup of tea with maybe 5, 6 or 7 :) Thanks for sharing the recipe. Since I don't bake very well, I'll have Tom make it, haha. If he does, I'll be sure to share it in a post.
Happy Autumn!

Fashion-isha said...

Oh yum! The seared tuna pizzettes are easy. You just take puff pastry squares and bake them. Then you mash a couple of ripe avacados, add some salt, pepper and garlic powder and place on the pastry squares, then you take fresh tuna, add some sea salt and pepper and sear on a high flame for a few seconds on each side, then slice thin and add to the avacado. Then you mix equal parts mayo and teriyaki sauce and drizzle on top of each pizzette and sprinkle some sesame seed..voila..delicious!

Splendid Sass said...

I guess I forgot to tell you I was going on a diet, again, lol. These cookies look amazing, so I will have to try them and send Angela a box.
I love fall too, Debra. Every single thing about it, and this picture is so beautiful, especially with Dylan playing.
Happy Monday.

Phyllis Trevor Higgerson, Henhurst said...

Perfect for the season - I will be making those this week. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
all best,

LaPouyette said...

Yummy - yummy! It looks delicious! I'm starving right now....will crap a piece of chocolate instead...!

Love your wonderful autumn image with a happy rolling Dylan!

Lovely post - indeed!

Leslie said...

Dylan looks so cute in that first picture!! Dogs have it down, don't they? :) Debra.. those cookies look delicious and I'll bet they smell amazing as they bake. I can't wait to make them. I'm grocery shopping to day .. so I think I'll check my pantry for ingredients. I've purchased that Madagascar vanilla and it IS delicious.

Enjoy the start to a new week!!

pve design said...

How wonderful to enjoy this time of year being inspired by nature, the colors of the sky, the fruits of the season and by our beloved creatures.
I baked cookies too....and gave some out to celebrate the first day of Autumn.

therelishedroost said...

Oh boy, more fabulous food posts!! I may have to go off my diet.. these look wonderful!!

Stacy CUrran said...

YUUUMMMM! Debra those pumpkin cookies look awesome!

Karena said...

Debra I love to see your grounds all aflame with color!

Those cookies, yum! I am trying to control me sweet tooth!

2012 Artist Series

Barbara@HausDesign said...

YUM YUM YUM. I love pumpkin and nothing says a warm, cozy home in the Fall like the smell of somehting with pumpkin baking! :)

Anonymous said...

Your photos are gorgeous! Good thing I didn't know you were baking these I would have hopped in my car and put the pedal to the medal! Love that you have apple trees on your property. We had planted them at the old house...I wonder if they are rich with apples by now? xoxo

Paula said...

Oh those fall colours are absolutely spectacular - and Dylan knows that they show him off to great effect - Autumn is definitely his season - lol!
Yummy recipe - this is definitely the time when I joy creating things in the kitchen the most. Pies, cakes, stews and biscuits and ALL sorts of comfort food - gorgeous!
best wishes,
Paula xx

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Yum, those cookies look so good. We always make pumpkin pancakes in fall. The trees look so beautiful and Dylan looks like he is having fun rolling in them.

carolyn bradford said...

Love the beauty in the first picture for sure! Was so excited to see the recipe for pumpkin cookies! I've been looking for one to make for our Open House. These look incredible! Do you think they would work as Pumpkin Bars? just curious!

Sharon Lee Johnson said...

Dylan looks like he is having a ball in the fallen leaves! And the cookies look irresistible which is not a good thing with summer and swimming costumes looming! x Sharon

Stacey said...

I really need to visit you Debra! I just love your surroundings and that first pic is so stunningly beautiful with the Fall colours!! I can tell that Dylan feels the same way too-he's so happy:-).Thanks for sharing the recipe. XX

Splendid Willow said...

Happy fall beautiful Debra!

Love this time of the year.

I am glad that we now also have "dog" in common! (:

Hugs to you,


And send me some leftover cookies... Have Martha begged for some too...


I just have to say that posting something that looks that good is cruel....especially when I am starving right about now......

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Hello Debra,

How are you? I hope you had a good and productive week.

I made your cookies again, with the orange to give to friends. They loved them.

Did you enjoy a beautiful Fall weekend or did you get some of the rain that has been on the East Coast?

I hope you have a wonderful week! Enjoy your husband and your pup. Elizabeth

Simple Everyday Glamour said...

YUM, YUM, YUM! What is it about Fall that makes me want to eat?? All my favorite flavors...gingerbread, pumpkin, cinnamon. Now I'm hungry!

Have a great week Debra.

Simple Everyday Glamour

for the love of a house said...

hi!! Happy Fall Debra! These cookies look delish! Hope all is well on your side;)

A room with a view said...

You obviously live in an idyllic part of the country, no matter what the season. I love the image of your precious dog - that says it all :) Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe!

Fashion-isha said...

Glad you enjoyed the tuna pizzettes! I just had some more today!

quintessence said...

Yum!! I love to bake but we are not a family of sweet tooths and with only one child at home, I now only occasionally indulge but will keep this delicious looking recipe in mind!!

designchic said...

I haven't had breakfast yet and now I know exactly what I want...can't wait to try. Your surroundings are so beautiful - what a joy!

Stacey said...

Bags are packed and we're ready to hit the road, so get our room ready!! haha! Just stopping by to say have a great day sweetie:-). XX

Unknown said...

Your cookies look amazing and inspire me to bake! and then you snuck in my all time fav french macarons.

zanetastyle said...

OH DEBRA! I am so happy I met you on the blogging avenues (: as your cookies are just what I need to bake this weekend and can't wait to watch my men eat them! Looking delicious and salivating now...
Love the fall photo you have up top! It is just so beautiful...we have a month of beautiful leaves falling fall in Calgary, but now ... the first frost is here(: Thank you for your warm comment, I will try to create "our house" photo tour(:
Enjoy the longer lasting fall in your country! xoxox Z

zanetastyle said...

And how adorable is Dylan Dog!! He seems to have found the same entertainment as my son, oh they would be just perfect together(: rolling and rolling happily.

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Hello and good morning!

I have come to see what is keeping you so busy. Are you working too hard or just too many things going on at the same time.

Whatever the case, I hope you have some time to relax this weekend and do something fun with Dylan and your husband.

Enjoy, Elizabeth

Ivy Clad said...

Mmm.. looks scrummy!

I love the way your dog is enjoying fall. I wish I could celebrate it like he is-- looks fun!


Pura Vida said...

What a way to spend a day

cindy hattersley design said...

Oh I adore that photo of Dylan dog in the leaves! Absolutely precious! I love to cook but am not much of a baker but anything with a lot of zest looks good to me yum!

Unknown said...

You are a little bit ahead of us in the foliage change. We are starting to turn and I have to admit to taking double takes every time I'm in the car!

YUMMMMMM is what I'm thinking about those pumpkin cookies. Can practically smell them. Will have to try this recipe!!!

Hope you are enjoying Fall!
xoxo Elizabeth

red ticking said...

d e l i c i o u s.... scrumdilicious.... xx

Crissy @ House of Marlowe said...

Those pumpkin cookies are making my mouth water. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Hello Debra,

Hope you are having a nice leisurely weekend. And that the weather is not too chilly yet, but I am sure that a roaring fire will keep you warm.

I hope that life and work are not keeping you too busy. Have a great Sunday, Elizabeth

Fashion-isha said...

Thanks for that wonderful and caring comment. I actually did go for a wonderfully long walk with my kids on Sunday and changed up my diet to a more kinder gentler one. It may take me a bit longer but I'll be happier and healthier. I'm only trying to lose the 3 lbs I gained over the holidays, but thank you for saying I look great :)

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...


Hope you survived the storm ok! Be well.


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