Friday, October 10

Quick And Easy Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe

Location: Trenanthia Cottage located in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada (90 min north of Toronto)
Who doesn't love a bit of homemade cookie lovin'?  Not a whiz in the kitchen?  No problem.  Going up to the cottage for Thanksgiving and want to keep it simple?  No problem.  Got some kids that really want to join in the fun?  No problem.

One seriously fool-proof pumpkin cookie recipe, coming your way.   Enjoy!

Keep Calm and Pumpkin Spice Everything - a play on the military poster campaign - Keep Calm and Carry On

Pumpkin spice everything

It’s that time of year again when the first cool, crisp day prompts everyone to stop dead in their tracks, drop what they’re doing, and sniff the air suspiciously.

“It’s time,” we say aloud to no one, our ears collectively perking up to hear a single red-gold leaf falling to the ground for the very first time.

In other words, it’s Fall. Which means we can finally gear up for... apple picking! Scarves! And pumpkin spicing eeevveerryytthhiinggg!

One of the many perks of this celebrated season is a beautiful and delicious holiday - Thanksgiving (celebrated in October here in Canada). Or as I like to call it, Thanksgobbling. A time for giving thanks for everything we have, and creating lovely memories in the form of food and family.

A weekend full of your favourite people and a hefty supply of antacids to digest the bountiful feast - what more could you ask for?

If you’re anything like me, some of the ‘thanks’ your family gives each year is for the fact that you’re not the one who cooks the big bird dinner with all of its accoutrements. Let’s face it, some of us are geniuses at cooking, while others are geniuses at making an extra large pizza last as a meal for two weeks. We all have our strengths.

For those of us wanting to contribute something awesome to the family Thanksgiving but are afraid of setting the house ablaze (again), here is a little treat you can whip up easily.

Fool-proof pumpkin cookies

  1. Mix 1 box of golden/yellow cake mix (any brand, I’m not the boss of you), 1 egg, and 1 container of Cool Whip in a bowl.  That’s it!  Can you believe it?  Believe it
  2. Make little balls out of the batter - not too big, not too small
  3. Roll and coat them in pumpkin spice - either a store bought blend or your own mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, cloves
  4. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees
  5. Let cool and sprinkle with more pumpkin spice and a bit of icing sugar.  And joy.  Don't forget the joy
These cookies are magical and guaranteed to impress. They have the softest chew and taste like cake (!!), and the best part is that you don’t need to tell anyone how simple the recipe is.  In fact, embellishment is strongly encouraged.

If you’re at the cottage with the whole gang, invite the kiddies to help out with the cookies - but be sure to swear them to secrecy.  You can’t have Aunt Bonnie razzing you about 3-ingredient recipes when she brings her famous ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ turkey stuffing concoction masterpiece to the table.

Cute baby taking a nap on a big pumpkin for Thanksgiving - after a big thanksgving meal no doubt
I has pungking, where cookie?

And hey, if this fool-proof recipe doesn’t do a good job of proofing your foolishness, remember that all you need to make this the best Thanksgiving ever is quality time with family and a grateful heart. And maybe some store bought muffins.

Have a little crazy fun with food (tis the day of food after all) by reading our blog posting on how to make mealtimes crazy fun with big groups.