I had a party and only needed 8 ingredients

Well, 8 ingredients without the beer. So 9 ingredients.

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This was really a wonderful get-together. I was missing the fall activities my family would sometimes partake in, so I decided to invite some friends over to carve pumpkins and drink pumpkin beer. In spirit of the season I also wanted to have pumpkin flavored snacks, which brought me to this wonder of a recipe: Three Ingredient Cookies. Technically they could be two ingredient cookies, since you don’t need to add chocolate chips or mix-ins. BUT WHY NOT?? 🙂 

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I was already planning to make seasoned pretzels, and needed something sweet. These cookies are awesome! They’re a bit thicker consistency than cake, so great as handheld snacks.  They take on the taste of whatever mix you buy, and the pumpkin shines through in all its glory. 

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The pretzels turned out pretty wonderful as well. They’re salty and spicy; perfect with pumpkin beer! Feel free to cut the recipe in half or even less. It makes a LOT of pretzels. (I’ve heard the left overs make great bread crumbs though…)

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I’m planning to post again after this weekend. I’ll be making a vegan chili for a chili cook-off. Here’s wishing me good luck! I will post the recipe after the contest. Also, maybe, a picture of my halloween costume!!

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Three Ingredient Cookies:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Box of cake mix
  • 1 Can of pumpkin (NOT pie filling, pumpkin puree!)
  • Mix-ins (I used Rolos for one batch and chocolate chips for the other)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix pumpkin and cake mix until smooth. 
  • Blend in mix in (I did about ¾ cup of chocolate chips) or save until after baking to put Rolos or chocolate kisses on top.
  • Drop by spoonful onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 
  • Bake 8-10 minutes.
  • Resist urge to eat all while steaming hot.

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Pretzels:

Ingredients:

  • 3 bags pretzel bites
  • 2 packets ranch seasoning mix
  • 1 TBS lemon pepper
  • 2 tsp cayenne (more or less depending on spice needs-for us 2 tsp was perfect and had kick)
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil (or canola, or evoo)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix everything except pretzels in a bowl until consistent.
  • Pour over pretzels and mix up.
  • Spread in baking pan and cook for 10 minutes, stirring once at 5 minutes. I had to do two batches (this makes a LOT of pretzels-look at the picture!)

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Across the country, my wonderful puppy was on a hike, so here’s the obligatory puppy picture!! Happiness!

COOPER

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