Friday, October 5, 2012

Better Than _____ Cookies a.k.a. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

When I told The Man I was in the mood to bake something sweet and I mentioned trying  something new like Pumpkin Snickerdoodle cookies.  He came back with White Chocolate Macadamia Pumpkin Snickerdoodles and we planned a trip to the store to get our ingredients. These cookies are soooo delicious.  I don't know why we haven't done this before. YUM! just doesn't seem enough to describe just how yummy they are.

Just in case you need a closer look. ;-)

Okay, now that I've got you drooling I'll share my yummy recipe.

2 sticks of butter (1cup)
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of brown sugar
3/4 cup of unsweetened pumpkin puree
1 large egg
3 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups chopped macadamia nuts
1 12oz package white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
Mix together the butter, sugars, pumpkin and egg, beat well. 
Add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt and cinnamon. 
Mix until blended well. 
Stir in nuts and white chocolate chips.
Chill dough for about 30 minutes in the refrigerator or if you're impatient like me throw it in the freezer and keep checking every couple of minutes. ;-)
Roll into balls about the size of walnuts.
In a separate bowl, mix 1/2 cup sugar with 1 Tablespoon cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of ginger and 1/4 tsp of allspice.
Roll dough balls in the sugar mixture until completely covered.
Place dough balls about 2" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 7-9 minutes until lightly browned, but still soft. 7 minutes was perfect for a chewy cookie.
Makes about 4-5 dozen cookies give or take.

Now go bake some cookies! Seriously, these are so good I couldn't wait to share this recipe.  =-)

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Welcome begins with an attitude and ends in action.  What welcome looks like on the outside. A stranger for the first time walks through the doors. They are greeted with a smile and "hello", but it doesn't end there because they are welcomed, they are engaged in small talk and thanked for being there.  They are made to feel that their presence is appreciated and desired.  They find a seat and sit quietly waiting for the service to begin.  They don't know anybody and maybe are a little shy and not so quick to jump strangers with conversation.  Before they could think a full thought another smile comes up to them and introduces themselves, again engaging in small talk and questions that show their interest.  They are actually listening to the answers this stranger gives.  The stranger begins to soften and feel truly welcomed.  This is not the only smile that greets them or engages them in some conversation all the while making the stranger feel as if these smiles are truly interested in them as a person and it is not all a show like they have seen before.  The stranger begins to feel that maybe these smiles are different than other "smiles" they have met before.  Something seems so welcoming, kind and sincere about these smiles. What is the difference, the stranger wonders and then realizes that the difference is a true love for Christ and people.  The stranger feels welcomed and it isn't long before the stranger isn't a stranger anymore.
I hope that my attitude and actions are those that speak welcome.