WIAW: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodles


Every year, I make a batch of Joy the Baker’s super soft pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. This year, I decided to find another recipe. There are tons out there. I wanted to give this a twist by combining it with my favorite cookie, snickerdoodles. All the recipes I found made 3-4 dozen cookies or used white chocolate chips or didn’t use cream of tartar, which I bought just to make snickerdoodles.

My little cousin slept over, we did work, watched movies, ate sushi, and baked. These turned out fantastic, probably one of the better cookies I’ve ever made. They’re not too soft but soft enough and they’re just the right size.
IMG_4643Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodle


  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. molasses
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 6 tbsp. pumpkin puree
  • 1-1/2 c. all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 tsp. cloves
  • 2 tsp. ginger
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 8 oz. dark chocolate chips


  • Using an electric mixer, cream together butter, sugar, and molasses till fluffy.
  • Add in vanilla and pumpkin.
  • In a large separate bowl, toss together flour and all spices.
  • Put the wet ingredients into the dry ingredient bowl. Mix with a rubber spatula.
  • Cover and place bowl in fridge or freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Using a tablespoon, roll balls of dough.
  • Optional: Roll the balls of dough in a mix of sugar (I used Truvia) and cinnamon.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes.*

*The cookies may looked under-baked but it will continue to cook out of the oven.

IMG_4644If you make them, let me know how it goes!

MIMM: Eating through the weekend


Breakfast pancakes and then pizza from Whole Foods for lunch



More pizza (for breakfast) and the Union Market Tustin Preview Party for dinner, which was mostly just this porchetta slider.



Kodiak pancakes for lunch, pizza (again) for lunch, and sashimi dinner with my little cousin.


We baked avocado brownies.




And these amazing pumpkin chocolate chip snickerdoodles. Recipe to come!


We did work…


…and played.



Not mine but I took my mom and cousin to breakfast at the new Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles.


I had a brunch date with some friends at Bonefish Grill.

I had the surf ‘n turf with hollaindaise on the side (and I only ate half the muffin).


But I had like 3 drinks…


A few tortilla chips and tea and I guess I’m intermittent fasting/I just wasn’t hungry.


…and now it’s time to get back to eating in.

WIAW/Thinking Out Loud Thursday Combo

Soooo… I uploaded these pictures and forgot to post them earlier today. I’ve been busy ya know.


It’s fall! I wish I got a chance to breathe and celebrate it properly because it’s my favorite season.

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I haven’t done a whole lot of working out and my eats have been lackluster – I made some chicken pho with soybean noodles and have stuck to eating that for 3 days.

Otherwise, it’s Kodiak Cakes.


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Sometimes I treat myself. I finally got a meal at The Healthy Junk, which ended up being lunch the next day. So good!

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On weekends, I splurge a bit. Pizza from Whole Foods happened twice and then I had some ice cream and bought myself a slice of my favorite cake to nibble at over the week.

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Has my waistline expanded? Nope.

All that working and moving around with less food during the workday is keeping me in shape. My friend/elementary teacher says she never has time to eat – she only eats breakfast and dinner.

Of course, Carly wrote this fantastic post called “This Body” and all the awesome things our bodies can do.

When I first lost weight, it was because I was engrossed in my job (as a high school tutor). Teaching is more important and some days, that means I miss working out because I’m at work for 12 hours and then I come home to do more work. Not always though. Today, I just took a 2 hour nap.

*Also, can’t wait for Tara Stiles’ book, Make Your Own Rules Diet.

The only problem with being all-in when it comes to work/school: My social life gets put on hold and I may or may not disappear from the scene. This doesn’t bode well for any relationships… and I’ll admit, sometimes I get a little lonely.

…and I want to travel.