Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today I want to share with y’all a fall-favorite at our house; Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies! These are so yummy and cake-like. A perfect snack {or breakfast…shhh, don’t tell anyone!}.

Pumpkin Cookies

I am sharing the recipe over at Domestically Speaking….you have to go check it out!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

You’ll have to leave a comment and tell me if you tried them!

Even though it doesn’t feel like it much in the South, it officially turned Autumn last week- and I couldn’t be happier! I am all about pumpkins, spice and everything fall-like! Here are some other & spice recipes we love….

Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon IcingSpiced Banana MuffinsPumpkin Spice MuffinsWhat’s your favorite pumpkin recipe?

Hannah Diane
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{Gluten Free, Sugar Free} Peanut Butter Cookies

Happy Monday, everyone! Did you know that last Friday was national peanut butter cookie day? Seriously! So, of course I needed to make some pb cookies! But….I’m trying to stick with my Trim Healthy Mama plan for the rest of this pregnancy. I decided I would make this (almost) THM-style!

PB Cookies

Yum! Don’t they look delish?

1 cup no-sugar added peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1 egg
1 cup stevia (or other natural sweetner)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup sugar-free chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375. Mix the first 4 ingredients together in a bowl. Shape into balls, and slightly flatten with your fingers. Press some chocolate chips on the tops of each cookie. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Let cool before moving them. Enjoy!

PB Chocolate Chip Cookies

Did you enjoy peanut butter cookies on Friday?

Hannah Diane
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Shaped Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

Happy Monday, everyone! We had more ice and snow last weekend. It made everything look beautiful, but it made everything slick and slippery. Very glad it’s all over with. Crossing my fingers that Spring will hurry up!

Today I want to share with you some cookies I made for our Girls’ Day Tea Party. I made them into hearts, but you can make them into any shape. 🙂

Sugar Cookies

Shaped Sugar Cookies

2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
3 tsp. tbsp. milk

Frosting Ingredients:
2 tbsp. butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
appox. 5 tbsp. milk

Mix flour, baking powder and salt. Add the wet ingredients (will be a stiff dough). Roll into a ball, and chill for one hour. Preheat oven to 375. Mix frosting ingredients and add food coloring of your choice. Remove dough, and cut into shapes, baking them for 10-14 minutes. Frost cookies after they have cooled.

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

Do you make shaped sugar cookies? What’s your favorite color icing?

Hannah Diane

Hosting a Party {the healthy way!}

Happy Monday, all! I can’t believe it’s so close to Christmas! I don’t think I’m ready for Christmas to be over. Can we have an extra week or two? Please?

Healthy Girls

I mentioned on Friday I was having our annual girls’ Christmas party at my house this year- which means I was in charge of organizing snacks. And what do girls like to do? Eat food. Seriously. But with trying to stay on track with healthy eating this holiday season- I hosted a healthy party! Here are some of the things people brought.

Healthy Cheeses

Who doesn’t love a good cheese tray?

Healthy Coffee

I made regular coffee and the girls flavored it with half & half and essential oils instead of creamer.

Healthy Cookies

These gluten-free, healthy cookies made by my friend Hannah, were to-die-for good!

Healthy FoodWe also had healthy roll-ups and a selection of nuts.
Healthy Fruit Salad

Yummy, yummy fruit salad!

Healthy Veggies

A veggie plate with hummus. That was a huge hit!

Heathy Glutenfree CrackersWe had regular crackers, and gluten-free crackers. We have quite a few girls who need gluten-free foods. I am so thankful to be surrounded by girls who support you in your healthy eating and a GF diet!

What are your favorite healthy snacks for parties? Have you ever hosted a healthy party?

Healthy Party

Hannah Diane

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Hey y’all! Today I want to share with you a recipe Luke wanted me to try for a while…but I never got around to. Once I did, we both loved it! This Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie is amazing!!

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

1 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Beat butter, sugar and vanilla until well blended. Add the rest of the ingredients except chocolate chips. Press mixture into skillet and top with chocolate chips. Bake at 375 for 20-25 mins. Enjoy!

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Don’t they sound good? I love the flavor the skillet adds to this dessert! So yummy.

Hannah Diane

Oatmeal Cookie Bars with Peanut Butter Frosting

Hi all! Are you enjoying your week so far? It’s been quite warm the past couple days in the South- I figure one of the last times it’ll be warm until after winter. Can you believe it’s almost November? Crazy!

Today I want to share with you one of my new favorite desserts- Oatmeal Cookie Bars with PB Frosting. I’m on a cleanse right now, but we had part of a pan of these left over when I started it yesterday. Luke’s taken care of them for me. 😉 Even though these are sweet, chocolatey and peanut buttery, Luke loves them! Success!

Oatmeal Cookies_2

Don’t they look amazing?!? Here’s the recipe! It was quite easy to make! 🙂


2 cups oats

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup flour (I used whole wheat)

1/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 cup hot water

1/2 cup butter, softened or melted

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Frosting Ingredients:

1/4 cup soft butter

1/4 cup PB (I used half crunchy, half creamy)

1 tsp. vanilla

1/4 tsp. salt

2-21/2 cups powdered sugar

4 tbsp. milk

Mix bar ingredients together except chocolate chips. Press into a greased pan. Press chocolate chips into dough. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Cool. Mix frosting and frost bars. Cut into pieces and serve. Will last up to a week in a sealed container.

See? Super easy and sooo yummy!


What’s your favorite peanut butter dessert right now?

Hannah Diane

Top Ten Spice Recipes for Fall

Hey, all! With this lovely fall weather, and the temperature cooling some, I’ve been in the mood for good Autumn recipes. Here are my Top Ten Spice Recipes I found!

Top Ten Spice RecipesThe first one I found is White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles by Lil’ Luna. Don’t they look amazing?


Next up we have Country Living’s Autumn Spice Cake. Seriously, who doesn’t love a good spice cake?


How about some Pumpkin Pie Spice Granola by Lovely Little Kitchen?


Next we have my Spiced Banana Muffins. Everyone loves these!

Spiced Banana Muffins

We love having Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal when the weather is cooler like this. This is my sister-in-law’s recipe. You can find her at My Blessed Life!


Have you ever thought about making your own Pumpkin Pie Spice mix? Here’s a great recipe by My Frugal Adventures.


Nothing can beat Cinnamon Glazed Pumpkin Spice Bread! You can find this one at A Happy Money Saver.


These Pumpkin Spice Sugar Pretzel Bites look to die for! I love so many of A Zesty Bite’s recipes!


Y’all know we love muffins….here is a recipe from The Kitchen McCabe- Caramel Apple Pumpkin Spice Muffins.


Last, but certainly not least, Pumpkin Spice Crumb Bars by Crunchy Creamy Sweet. Don’t they look heavenly?

baa2afce26077e869a976922b40c8f70Well, there you go. My Top Ten Spice recipes for Fall! What’s your favorite spice recipe?

Hannah Diane

Chocolate Chip Cookies {with Zucchini and Oats!}

Hey, everyone! I’ve been so excited to share with you these amazing chocolate chip cookies- with zucchini and oats! Doesn’t that sound like an amazing mix? It’s slightly sweet, but still a good, hearty snack. Definitely a winner here!

zucchini and oat CCC

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini (from about 1 – 1 1/2 medium)
1 cup quick oats
1 2/3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt for 20 seconds, set aside.
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment whip together butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until creamy. Mix in egg and vanilla extract. Add zucchini and with mixer set on low speed, slowly add in flour mixture. Stir in oats, walnuts and chocolate chips (I reserved 1/3 cup of the chocolate chips to press into the tops of dough balls before baking, just for looks which is totally optional).
Shape dough into balls, spacing cookies 2-inches apart. Bake for 11 – 14 minutes until edges are lightly golden. Cool on baking sheet 2 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

I love using zucchini in lots of recipes. What’s your favorite recipe with zucchini in it?

Hannah Diane

*Linking up with Mary for DDTA Southern Fairytale’s Mouthwatering Mondays, Off The Hook at Little Monkey’s Crochet

Oatmeal Walnut Cookies

    Good morning! I haven’t posted in a while…I’m sorry! The long weekend just kept me busy, and I never got around to getting a post up. Today I want to share with you a recipe I created last week for the War Between the States battle our town had. The treat Luke wanted me to bring was oatmeal cookies. I’m not a huge fan of oatmeal cookies…or nuts…but these cookies were out of this world! The recipe would have made more cookies if the baker hadn’t had a couple bites of the dough. Ahem.

Oatmeal Walnut Cookies

Oatmeal Walnut Cookies

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup of butter
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup of walnuts (some were crushed, some weren’t. They were all good!)

    In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar and eggs. Gradually blend in dry ingredients. Lastly, fold in oats and walnuts. Shape into balls and bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. These should make 18-24 cookies, depending on how much dough you sample. 😉 Enjoy!!

    What’s your favorite cookie? Do you like nuts in yours? Does your town have any war reenactments?

    Hannah Diane