Let’s start with the cookies, and then move on to the crafts fair and then to the winery. All in all, a busy weekend so far.
The cookie inspiration came from Rantings of an Amateur Chef.
I adapted it to use my butternut squash instead of pumpkin puree.
Pumpkin Molasses Cookies
What you need:
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup natural cane sugar, reserved for rolling the cookies
1/2 cup roasted butternut squash
1/4 cup molasses
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar together until creamy and smooth. Add the butternut squash, molasses, egg, and vanilla extract, mix until well combined.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until combined. Refrigerate the cookie dough for at least 1 hour. The dough can be chilled for 2-3 days. When you are ready to bake, preheat oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place sugar in a small bowl. Roll tablespoon-sized balls of dough in sugar until well coated and place on prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10–12 minutes, or until cookies look cracked and set at the edges.
The cookies will still be soft. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes after removing them from the oven, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes about 3-4 dozen cookies.
I made a double batch to take to the Conservancy. The holiday crafts fair, which was a huge success. Including some amazing crafts made by the children. Like this one.
I spent today assisting at the fair. Watching all the festivities and linking people with local farms for trees, and for holiday dinner items like beef and pork.
Then, we headed off to visit a new winery to try out some bubbly. Nothing like a good blanc de blanc to get you in the spirit.
Our first visit to Old Westminster Winery, and definitely not our last. What a wonderful family owned winery. Right up the road from Mt. Airy.
Just the beginning of the holiday season and already we are out and enjoying the festivities. Here’s to a few more weekends spent out and about.