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Sunday, October 24, 2021


 by Judy Ann Davis

This is the time of the year when everyone thinks autumn and the harvest season as leaves change from green to gold, vermilion, and orange. It's the time of pumpkins-- pumpkin pie, pumpkin ice cream and coffee. . .and pumpkin cookies with that distinctive cinnamon flavor. Here's a recipe for moist, sweet pumpkin cookies with a simple confectioner's sugar glaze.


1 cup canned pumpkin                                               
1 cup sugar
½ cup shortening or salad oil
1 egg beaten
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup nuts - optional
1 cup chocolate chips – optional

Combine pumpkin, sugar, shortening and egg. Shift flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together; add to pumpkin mixture alternately with soda dissolved in milk. Add vanilla—and if desired: nuts and chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoonful on greased baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 375 degrees. Yield: 4 dozen

Glaze: If you desire a glaze, use a simple confectioner's sugar glaze with a dash of vanilla and enough hot milk added to make it spreadable.
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                                          "Can maple cookies and a rose quartz stone
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When Julien Franklin returns home for Christmas after retiring from the military, his first mission is to taste his home town's maple cookies and find office space for his civilian website business. He's delighted to find the apartment above The Book Bin bookstore is for rent and owned by his old high school sweetheart.

Natalie Pinkett, widow and single parent, has some tragic secrets gnawing at her soul, but she needs to rent the empty rooms to help with her many expenses. To complicate matters, an old love will be literally working above her head—and he owns a rambunctious puppy her daughter has fallen in love with.

Can Julien woo the pretty bookstore owner and get her to reveal her painful past? Will the two be able to cross the divide of twenty-four years and find love again?



  1. The book sounds so good, Judy! Fall always makes me want to bake. I'm not a fan of pumpkin, but maple cookies sound wonderful. I love maple walnut fudge, but try to avoid it since I can't resist it. HA. I'm sure your new story will be a success.

    1. Thanks, Carolyn. It's a chilly fall and rainy up north here, so our only relief is baking! :)

  2. There are no words to describe how much I love pumpkin cookies...or maple cookies...or... The book sounds great!

  3. Thanks for stopping by. These cookies are smooth and cake-like. I'm in the baking mood now that the rains and cold are creeping in.

    1. I have almost the same recipe. I add pumpkin pie spice to the glaze--it gives it a nice little bump.

    2. Great idea of adding the spice in the glaze. Thanks. I thought of sprinkling a cinnamon/sugar mixture on the glaze when it's still wet, but never did it.

  4. Thanks for the cookie recipe which sounds perfect for the holidays—as does your new book. Good luck.


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