In a large bowl mix together with beater eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla. Fold in pumpkin. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Then stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture.
In separate bowl mix together with beater the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Place in a ziplock bag and then cut off the tip, to make it easier to spread over the pumpkin mixture.
Grease your pans and then fill the pan half way with the pumpkin mixture. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the top. Then pour the pumpkin mixture over the top of the cream cheese filling (no more than 3/4 the way full). Bake for 55-65 minutes. For the small loaf pan bake for 25-35 minutes, or until a tooth pick comes clean.
Delicious soft and puffy pumpkin snickerdoodles with a surprise cream cheese center.
3¾ cups all-purpose flour
1½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. freshly-ground ground nutmeg
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
¾ cup pumpkin puree
1 large egg
2 tsp. vanilla extract
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
¼ cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground ginger
Dash of allspice
In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together. Set aside.
In a kitchenaid mixer with a paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugars on medium high speed until fluffy about 2-3 minutes.
Blend in pumpkin puree, beat in egg and then add vanilla. Slowly add dry ingredients on low speed just until combined. Cover and chill dough for an hour.
To make the cream cheese filling, blend cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together. Chill for an hour.
Preheat oven to 350 and line your baking sheets with parchment paper. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and spices for the coating and set aside.
To make the cookies, take a tablespoon of the cookie batter. Flatten it like a pancake and place a teaspoon of the cream cheese in center. Form another tablespoon of the cookie batter into a flat pancake shape and place on top of the cream cheese. Pinch the edges together sealing in the cream cheese and roll into a ball. Roll in the cinnamon sugar coating and place on the prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart.
Repeat until the dough is gone and flatten the cookie dough balls with a heavy bottomed glass or measuring cup.
Bake the cookies for 10-15 minutes or until the tops start to crack. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and transfer to a wire rack. Enjoy!
Since I'm gluten free--I may try to come up with a gluten free version!
"… to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved." Ephesians 1:6 (NKJV)
Several years ago, my friend Lisa was going through a crafty phase and wanted to make a piece of word art for me. So, she texted this question: "If one word could become a reality in your life, what would it be?"
Girl, this took me awhile! The one word that kept coming to mind was "accepted," but I was too embarrassed to admit that feeling accepted was what I really longed for.
I was a Christian, so I knew God accepted and loved me unconditionally. Wasn’t that already a reality in my life?
The reality was, I was afraid God accepted everyone but me.
In pondering my one word, God began to show me that I associated my performance
with my acceptability.
Here’s what I (wrongly) believed: If I am good, I am acceptable. If I help people … if I am
a blessing instead of a burden … well, then I am accepted. But, if I fail, blow it or mess up,
then I feel like a reject — not acceptable to me, not to others and certainly not to God.
My skewed belief was I was acceptable only when I was at the top of my game or in the center
of God’s will. Clearly, I had not truly embraced my identity in Christ because acceptance is what
I already have.
So, I texted Lisa back with my one word that I needed to embrace and believe: accepted.
Lisa’s gift showed up in the mail a week later. It was a wooden ledge with the Scrabble
letters A-C-C-E-P-T-E-D glued on it. This is a treasure to me because it is a constant reminder
to see what I already have in God rather than seek it in the wrong ways and places.
Lots of us struggle with trusting the truth that we’re acceptable to and accepted by God. We are
accepted not because of what we do or don’t do; we are accepted not because of how we succeed
or if we’re good. We are accepted not because of who we are, but because of who God is.
God loves us with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3) and to as many as receive Him, He gives the
power to be sons and daughters of God (John 1:12). Talk about accepted!!
We are not only accepted "in" the beloved, we are accepted "by" the Beloved Himself!
My Scrabble word "accepted" reminds me I already have what I want. When I am feeling less than acceptable, I hold it in my hand, wrap my fingers around it and the truth it represents, and tell
myself, "This is what God gave me. This is who I am."
Can you take that truth in?
If you feel invisible, it may be because, deep down, you never really embraced the truth about
yourself — that you are accepted by God, admired by Him and have His full and unconditional love.
Just like Lisa glued the word "accepted" to a Scrabble ledge for me, ask God to glue the word
"accepted" to your heart so that, with every heartbeat, this truth is reinforced and becomes woven
into the very fiber of your being.
Oh my friend, you are accepted by God. That is your reality.
When you accepted Christ, He accepted you. You may sometimes feel rejected, but how you feel
is not who you are! You are acceptable, accepted — no exceptions!
Lord, please write this truth on my heart. Help me trust what You say about me more than I trust
how I may feel about myself. Protect me from the lies that tell me I am what I do or how I feel.
Thank You for accepting and loving me without conditions. I love You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY: Hosea 2:19-20, "I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness
and in justice, in lovingkindness and in compassion, And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness.