Pumpkin Sugar Cookies*

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies (recipe via thenovicechefblog.com)

Today I had to drive Jorge to the airport. The airport is close to downtown, so after dropping him off I wanted to run a few errands. One of my last stops was a salvage yard in a not so kosher part of town.

I was looking for a few nice pieces of reclaimed wood for photography. For the first twenty minutes, everything was going fine…and then the guy in charge of the wood found me picking out pieces I wanted. When he asked what I was going to do with the old pieces of a barn door I was buying — I explained that I do food photography. Who wants to guess his next question? “Ohhh, so you must be one of them girls who has a um — what y’all call ’em — blogs?”  The sentence itself doesn’t sound that bad, but I was so taken aback with the overwhelming snide tone that he used. I didn’t even think before I responded with “No, I’m a cookbook author and I do my own photography.”

Yes, I had instant respect from the guy after that…but what I really wish I would have said was “Yes, I’m a successful food blogger who built my own business from nothing. I develop my own recipes, photograph them and do many other jobs on the side. I manage the back end of a heavy traffic website as well as provide the content all on my own. I also do recipe development and food photography (for everything from magazines to brands), I have written two cookbooks and I do television occasionally. And because I do all of this — I am able to pay my bills every month and live a very fulfilling life. What do you do?”

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies (recipe via thenovicechefblog.com)

I hate that as food bloggers we have a stigma against us. Anyone can be a food blogger (or any kind of blogger for that matter), but to do a food blog successfully is not easy. It takes a lot of dedication, hard work and faith…and it is most definitely not something to look down upon. I am a food blogger Mr. Salvage Yard guy, and a damn good one at that.

My first thought when I was driving home was that he can sweat all day in the sun moving old wood…and I am going to make Pumpkin Sugar Cookies in my air conditioned home. I feel like it’s the proper kind of justice.

These cookies are very soft and fluffy pumpkin cookies. I like rolling them in a coarse sugar for a little texture on the outside of the cookie. If you are looking for a chewy cookie — these aren’t the ones for you. I am working on a chewy recipe though so stay tuned! 


Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Yield: 18 Cookies


  • 1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sugar for rolling


Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpats. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, pumpkin and vanilla extract, mixing until combined. Add flour mixture, mixing until completely combined.

Roll one heaping tablespoon of dough into balls (dough will be sticky) and then roll in sugar. Place on prepared baking sheet - leaving about an inch for spreading.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the centers are set. Remove from oven and let cookies rest on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


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26 Responses to “Pumpkin Sugar Cookies”

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — October 15, 2013 @ 1:24 am

    I love your what I should have said thoughts that came into your mind. That’s always the case, isn’t it. But I still think your cookbook author answer was great. And I’m wishing I was off picking out old barnwood -how fun! Cookies – lovely & pinned!

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    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — October 15, 2013 @ 1:27 am

    I really wish you would have gave him the second response too! Seriously, people don’t know the half of it! P.S. Your cookies are so gorgeous and fluffy, I can’t wait to try them!

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    Renee @ Awesome on $20 — October 15, 2013 @ 1:39 am

    Maybe some day I’ll be successful, then I can have air conditioning, too. Until then, I’ll just have to sweat while making these cookies.

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    Deborah — October 15, 2013 @ 3:16 am

    Haha – I would have loved to see his face if you would have said the second response! I have got to make these cookies – they look amazing!

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    The Bearfoot Baker — October 15, 2013 @ 6:41 am

    I love how you responded to the gentleman. I liked what you wished you would have said even better but, do you really think he would have understood if you had said it. “Cookbook author,” yes, “I manage the back end of a heavy traffic website as well as provide the content all on my own,” nope! He would not have had the first clue! Your answer was perfect as I am sure these cookies are. TFS

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    Laura@baking in pyjamas — October 15, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    Ooh these look like they could melt in your mouth, Autumn bliss!

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    Tieghan — October 15, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    Girl, you rock!! I love both your response and the response you thought up in your head! I would never have been so smooth.

    Love the cookies. My family would go crazy for them!

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    Sues — October 15, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    I love this post and totally agree! You should be sooo crazy ridiculously proud of everything you’re doing! Hooray for food blogs!

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    Valerie — October 15, 2013 @ 10:01 am

    I love how you responded to guy and I also love the thoughts that came to your mind! The Cookies look very yummy too!

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    Marjory Betchkal — October 15, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    Good for you!! He doesn’t know what he is missing.

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    Marcie — October 15, 2013 @ 11:49 am

    These look nice and thick and chewy, just the way I love a cookie. Those warm spices and pumpkin must make one delicious sugar cookie. Pinning!

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    Annalise @ Completely Delicious — October 15, 2013 @ 1:03 pm

    Love it! I hate telling people I’m a food blogger, it just sounds so weird and most people have no idea how to respond. “Oh… that’s cool”. Whatever, we get to bake and eat cookies in the morning for our jobs. Winning!

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    Erin R. — October 15, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

    Oh, Jessica. You did great. I know what you mean about thinking up a spectacular answer afterward when it’s too late, but your response to Mr. Disrespectful Snottypants was perfect. Sometimes you have to tailor to your audience. He probably still wouldn’t have understood or appreciated your success if you had told him all those things you do so well. Nobody ever understands how much work anyone else does.

    But anyway, my mouth is watering over those beautiful cookies and I’ll be sure to try them soon. Thanks!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 15, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

    YES!! This post is awesome. And just another reason to add to the list of why I love you. Keep the awesome recipes coming! xo

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    amanda — October 15, 2013 @ 5:32 pm

    Your cookies look awesome! Wish I had them in front of me right now!

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    Joanne — October 15, 2013 @ 6:11 pm

    You tell ’em girl!! I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve had to explain just how hard food blogging is to other people who don’t quite realize all the time/energy/effort that goes into it. You earned those pumpkin cookies!

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    Joanna — October 15, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

    Snaps to you, even if it’s just what you wish you had said. No cookies for him!

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — October 16, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

    Woo! More power to ya, girl. I hope you ate an extra one of these cookies in honor of the sweets that guy didn’t get.

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    Nicole — October 16, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

    Oh, these look so tasty! I love soft cookies. And, had you said all of those things to that rude dude, he probably wouldn’t have understood half of it! I know that I get a lot of blank stares when I try to explain behind the scenes blogging.

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    Tammy — October 16, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

    I for one love your blog post and your yummy recipes. Yes you should have given him your thoughts… Some people have no clue.

    Keep on blogging and doing what you do. Your appreciated.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — October 17, 2013 @ 2:29 am

    Making these cookies is definitely the best kind of justice!

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    Tina | My Life as a Mrs — October 17, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

    Yes you are, girl!!!!! One of the BEST :)

    PS I’m all over these cookies – I’m a soft & fluffy cookie kind of girl!! Mmm :)

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    Rachel @thedessertchronicles — October 17, 2013 @ 5:15 pm

    such a great answer! I would never have thought of that on the spot. But everything you do is amazing and these cookies look awesome!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — October 24, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

    These look like the perfect cookie :) I love the flavor!

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    Angela — November 10, 2013 @ 10:54 pm

    I need those in my life, STAT! thanks for sharing the recipe i can’t wait to whip some up :) http://www.handmadeintheheartland.com

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    Paula — November 24, 2013 @ 7:53 pm

    You go girl! I have such great respect for those with such a creative mind. I can only copy and follow recipes not invent/create my own. I’m so thankful for all bloggers that can supply me with much needed information. You all do a great job, keep it up.

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