Spiced Snickerdoodles

This riff on Snickerdoodles adds a little bit of spice and some fall flair. This all butter dough comes together in one bowl and makes 3 dozen cookies, perfect for a crowd, or the freezer.

Spiced Snickerdoodles

These cookies have a slightly crisp exterior but a chewy, buttery interior that will keep you coming back for more. I am a huge fan of snickerdoodles but I like them on the chewy and soft side, not on the crisp side. I actually feel that way about most cookies.

The Flour&Finch blog is about a year old and I am surprised to see that most of the recipes I have pumped out this year are cookies. I would not have thought a year ago that cookies are my favorite thing to make but yup, I love cookies and am unashamed about it. I’m glad my blog has made this clear to me. Cookies are customizable, crowd pleasers, and relatively easy.

Spiced Snickerdoodles
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Spiced Snickerdoodles
An autumn version of the cinnamon sugar cookie, chewy and buttery!
Ingredients
  • 1 C salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 2 t cream of tartar
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t kosher salt
  • 2 3/4 C all purpose flour
  • 2 T granulated sugar
  • 2 t pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 t ground ginger
Instructions
1. In the bowl of a standing mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla. 2. Beat in the cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add the flour. Beat until the mixture comes together, scraping the sides down if necessary. 3. Place the dough in the fridge for at least 30 minutes*. 4. Preheat oven to 350 F5. In a small, shallow bowl, mix the 2 T of sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and ginger. Roll tablespoons of the dough into balls and roll into the sugar and spice mixture. 6. Place cookies, at least 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheets for 5 minutes then move to cooling racks. *The dough can sit in the fridge overnight. If making ahead, only complete through step 3. Take out of the fridge, scoop and roll, then bake. If the dough is very hard, baking time may vary.
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Spiced Snickerdoodles

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Pumpkin Spice Biscotti

Here's a pumpkin spice item that you might not have tried yet! Biscotti are so fun to play with because they take the flavors in and come out crunchy and the perfect buddy for coffee! These crunchy Italian cookies and I go way back. I remember as a small child going to our local coffee shop in Pacific Grove, CA and my mom would get coffee and a biscotti and my siblings and I would get Martinellis apple juices. The biscotti would be broken up and we would all munch. 

The first time I made a biscotti was last fall after my boss at the time brought in some homemade ones in. My love rekindled and I attempted a few different times. Now that fall is back I look forward to experimenting more! They make such a great gift because, if made and stored properly, they stay crunchy for weeks! Yay for homemade Christmas gifts!

pumpkin spice biscotti

This recipe is heavily adapted from King Arthur Flour's recipe

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Pumpkin Spice Biscotti
A perfect fall treat for your coffee! Adapted from King Arthur Flour
Ingredients
  • 4 T salted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 C granulated sugar
  • 1/3 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 t ground ginger
  • 1/2 t freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 t ground cloves
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 C pumpkin puree
  • 2 C all purpose flour
  • 1/4 C chopped pecans
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment.2. In a standing mixer, mix butter, sugars, spices, baking powder, and salt. Beat until creamed.3. Add egg, vanilla, and pumpkin puree and beat until combined. 4. Slowly add in flour until smooth. The dough will be sticky but it should be able to be handled. 5. Divide dough into two and place one half of dough onto prepared sheet. Pat mixture into a flat log approximately 10" x 2.5". Repeat with second half of dough.6. Bake for 25 minutes and remove from oven. Reduce oven to 325 F. 7. Wait for logs to cool for at least 5 minutes, then place one log onto a cutting board. Carefully cut crosswise into 1/2" slices. Place cut pieces, standing up, back on pan. Repeat with second log.8. Bake for 40 minutes, turning pans halfway, until slightly browned. Turn off the oven and crack the oven door to allow the cookies to dry out more and crisp up, while leaving them to cool in the oven. Remove once cooled. Place in airtight container!
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Tipsy Fig Jam

A perfect first post for a blog called "Flour & Finch" is a flour-free recipe. Obviously, I'm kidding, but jams and other preserves are something I want to perfect so it will not be the first time a jam presents itself in a post. 

tipsy fig

Figs: bizarre little fruits that are typically in stores late summer to early fall. I thought I had missed the season for fresh figs and with it my dream of making fig jam was crushed. I walked into Safeway this morning after checking Whole Foods and Savemart and what do I see next to the raspberries? FIGS! I purchased all the Black Mission figs in sight and beamed at my findings. There were only three dozen but that was enough to make a partial batch of this recipe from Epicurious. I made a few modest adjustments in order to make the amount of figs work and the finished product was sweet, figgy, and had warmth which came from the Cognac. The adjusted recipe follows. 

WARNING: when measuring the Cognac be careful not to breathe too deeply. I made this very early in the morning and the smell of the Cognac almost knocked me out. Measure responsibly. 

I look forward to this preserve being a gift for friends and family this Christmas as it is perfect on buttery toast or on a classy cheese plate alongside Brie or other soft cheeses. 

Tipsy Fig
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Tipsy Fig Jam
A great way to use up your fresh figs!
Ingredients
  • 3 dozen (fresh) Black Mission Figs
  • 2 lemons
  • 1/2 C Cognac
  • 3 C granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
Instructions
1. Remove stems of figs and cut each fig into eighths.2. Peel one and a half lemons with a vegetable peeler and chop into matchstick size pieces (see photo). Reserve one peeled lemon for later. 3. In a large non reactive bowl, preferably glass or ceramic, mix figs, lemon peel, cognac, sugar, and salt. Let sit for an hour at room temperature and stir occasionally. *if you are planning to process jars then this is a good time to start sterilizing jars*4. After an hour, pour mixture into a large heavy bottom pot or dutch oven and heat at medium high until bubbling. Lower temperature to medium low and continue stirring for about 30 minutes. If you want a less chunky jam, use a potato masher or fork to reduce the large chunks. 5. Add juice from reserved lemon and stir. Continue cooking for 5 more minutes. 6. Take off heat and use a spoon to put jam into jars. Process cans or refrigerate if not planning to process. I was able to fill 4 half pints and 1 quarter pint but this might change depending on how much the mixture reduces.
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I am not an incredibly experienced canner so I am not going to try to explain sterilizing/preserving with a water bath but Ball has great directions. 

I was doing some serious jammin' this weekend (making this fig jam and this one) and it was my first canning and jam experience since I learned how to this past spring while WWOOFing in Homer, Alaska. In Alaska, I learned how to make a rhubarb and wild blueberry jam with a hint of orange blossom. The rhubarbs were fresh from the garden and the wild blueberries were frozen but had been picked the previous summer. It was a great place to learn an incredibly important and useful preserving method. 

tipsy fig

A fun way to spice up your jars for gifting is adding a decorated top! I used construction paper, pens, and washi tape to create a simple "top" to place on top of the sealed lid under the part of the lid that screws on. Make sure you still write on the actual lid what jam it is so that when the paper decoration is discarded the recipient knows what type it is. Also, always write the date you canned! 

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