This is the time of year when pumpkin flavored everything floods the grocery stores. Pumpkin spice coffee drinks, M&M’s, Oreo’s, Jello, Pop Tarts, Eggo’s, cheesecake (yum), beer, spirits, cream cheese, marshmallows, bagels, ice cream, Country Crock spread, and even condoms. Needless to say that pumpkin and pumpkin spice craze is crazier now in 2014 than it has ever been. But, in defense of the flavor, it is Autumn now and pumpkin spice and Autumn go together like bacon and eggs.
Below is a fun little video from WQAD in Moline, IL:
So some of us horde this seasonal flavor, others I know dislike just about everything to do with pumpkin unless it is in it’s original form or simply pumpkin pie. I personally like it for the most part, not sure about some of the offerings, like marshmallows or Country Crock spread, but overall it’s pretty good. It just feels so dang overwhelming to have EVERYTHING be pumpkin flavored right now.
Right here we have Nestle Toll House Pumpkin Spice refrigerated pre-made cookies. I really wanted to have some cooking/baking time with my kids and frankly didn’t feel like doing it all from scratch. So I picked up these thinking they’d be quick, easy and tasty. Transforming these cookies into monsters is quite easy, let me show you how we did it.
Then I let me youngest place the little squares onto the cookie sheet.
As you can see, we have a thumbs up of approval so far. Pre-heat the oven to just 325, place them in and check after 12 min, adding time if necessary.
In the meantime, I scooped out about 1/3 of the Vanilla frosting container into a smaller plastic container so each of my girls could mix their own color. My oldest want purple.
While my youngest wanted green. For the purple we used about 9 drops of red and maybe 8-10 drops of blue and for the green, about 22 or so drops of straight green.