Things have been much busier than I would like lately. I’ve been stretched very thin, the kids have been sharing illnesses, etc. etc. Sometimes I feel like I’m ready to pull my hair out. Those are the times when I head into the kitchen to bake. Baking helps clear my head and improve my mood almost instantly. People often ask me how I’m able to bake so much, and phrase the question as though baking is a chore. What they may not understand is that I love it, it makes me happy and it soothes my soul. The night I made these pumpkin snickerdoodles, that’s exactly what was going on. Baking therapy.
When I decided on these particular cookies, I wasn’t thinking much about my choice and was more interested than the process of baking than the end result. Luckily for all of us the result were these soft and puffy, subtly pumpkin cookies with warm fall spices. Snickerdoodles aren’t normally in my top tier of irresistible cookies, but I found myself craving them at work and making sure I had one every night after dinner. One batch makes a lot of cookies but instead of halving it, make the full batch and share them with friends, family, neighbors, whoever. It’s a nice way to get in your baking therapy and officially welcome fall.