Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Cozy up this fall with a bowl of creamy pumpkin pasta. Cooked pasta is layered in a casserole dish with a béchamel sauce, pumpkin butter ricotta cheese, and shredded Italian cheeses. It’s then baked in the oven and topped with fried sage leaves, crunchy bits of pancetta, and buttered cracker crumbs creating the most delicious, comforting fall meal.

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Fall is all about coziness and comfort food. When I think of fall comfort food, two things come to mind…pumpkin and pasta! There is nothing more filling and comforting than a big bowl of hearty pasta. Add in some pumpkin and you have an amazing fall meal that the whole family will devour!

Typically, most people associate pumpkin flavors with sweet fall treats or desserts (check out my 3 ingredient pumpkin muffins). But pumpkin is also yummy and delicious in savory dishes too. The funny thing about this recipe I created? I used a jar of of sweet spiced pumpkin butter to create the savory pumpkin ricotta cheese mixture for our creamy pumpkin pasta. (We’ll talk more about this in a minute!)

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

This recipe is easy enough to make on a busy weeknight for dinner but also decadent enough to be served as a side dish next to the Thanksgiving turkey. Either way, give this comforting fall dish a try, your family is going to love it!

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Ingredients

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Ingredients

  • Short cut pasta: I used Eliconi pasta which is essentially just a larger rotini shaped pasta.
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Flour
  • Spiced pumpkin butter: A can of pumpkin puree could be used in place of pumpkin butter.
  • Chicken broth: Vegetable broth could be used for an all vegetarian dish.
  • Milk: Light cream or half & half could be substituted for a richer sauce.
  • Shredded Italian cheeses: I used a bag of shredded provolone, asiago, parmesan, & fontina cheese.
  • Ricotta cheese: I like whole milk ricotta for this recipe.
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Eliconi Pasta

For the Pasta Topping:

  • Sage leaves
  • Diced pancetta
  • Crushed, buttered saltine crackers: To make this cracker topping, combine about 1/4 cup melted butter with 1 cup crushed saltine crackers. Mix together until crackers are coated in buttery goodness.
  • Shredded Italian cheeses (same as above)
Toppings for Pumpkin Pasta Bake

What is spiced pumpkin butter?

Pumpkin butter is a fall fruit spread. Did you know pumpkin is actually a fruit?! I did not until recently! Pumpkin butter is made from pumpkin puree with the addition of warm & sweet spices (ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, etc.) along with a sweetener such as brown sugar or honey. 

It tastes similar to pumpkin pie and can be used as a spread on toast, crackers, biscuits, ice cream, or just about anything you can think of.

I decided to use pumpkin butter in a more savory way by adding it to our creamy pumpkin pasta. Pumpkin butter is sweet, however when you combine it with the right savory ingredients, the balance of sweet and saltiness is absolutely delicious.

Pumpkin Pasta

How to Make Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Begin by cooking your short cut pasta in salted water according to package directions. Drain.

While the pasta cooks, add olive oil to a frying pan and cook the diced pancetta. Once the pancetta is crispy and brown, remove from pan with a slotted spoon (keep as much of the fat renderings in the pan as possible) and place on a plate lined with paper towels.

In the olive oil/pancetta renderings, add a handful of sage leaves and fry until crispy (this only takes a minute or so). Once crispy, place the sage leaves on the paper toweled line plate along with the pancetta.

Add flour to the oil and stir to combine. Cook roux for about 1 minute. Slowly pour chicken broth and milk into the roux, whisking as you pour to prevent lumps of flour. Cook on medium heat, whisking occasionally, until sauce bubbles and begins to thicken to create the béchamel sauce. Remove béchamel sauce from heat once thickened.

Pumpkin Ricotta Cheese

In a mixing bowl, combine spiced pumpkin butter, ricotta cheese, Italian cheeses, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.

Pumpkin Ricotta Cheese

Assembling Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Begin by evenly spreading a 1/3 of the béchamel sauce to the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish (these are some of my favorite baking dishes).

Place 1/3 of the cooked pasta in an even layer on top of the béchamel. Then evenly spread 1/3 of the pumpkin ricotta mixture on the pasta, with 1/3 of the shredded Italian cheeses on top of that.

Continue layering the béchamel sauce, pasta, pumpkin ricotta, and cheeses in 1/3’s. Finish the top of the pumpkin pasta casserole with shredded cheese.

Bake creamy pumpkin pasta in a preheated 375 degree oven for about 20-30 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and top & corners are browned.

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Serving Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Allow casserole to cool for about 10 minutes. Garnish top of pasta casserole with a few fried sage leaves.

Serve creamy pumpkin pasta in a bowl (a bowl gives more room for hearty helpings!) then top with a dollop of pumpkin butter, pancetta crumbles, crushed crackers, shredded Italian cheese, and a couple of fried sage leaves for garnish.

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Enjoy the comforting pumpkin pasta goodness. You will definitely go back for seconds!

Pumpkin Pasta

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Pro Tips

  • Cook the pasta to al dente. The pasta will continue cooking in the oven.
  • Other short cut pastas that would work well in this dish; farfalle, ziti, rigatoni, cavatappi, or penne.
  • Take the help from the store and buy pancetta that is already diced.
  • Frying the pancetta and the sage leaves first, will add depth of flavor to the béchamel sauce.
  • Taste the spiced pumpkin butter before adding to the ricotta cheese. The pumpkin butter I used was not overly sweet. If your pumpkin butter is super sweet you may want to use less in this recipe.
  • Add chopped cooked chicken breast or turkey breast to this dish for added protein.
  • Pumpkin seeds or chopped walnuts would be a great crunchy topping too!
Comforting Fall Dinner

Storing Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Leftovers

Store leftover pasta in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Fall Dinner

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Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Course: DinnerCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Medium
Servings

6

servings
Prep Time

30

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Calories

461

kcal
Total time

1

hour 

Cozy up this fall with a bowl of creamy pumpkin pasta. Cooked pasta is layered in a casserole dish with a béchamel sauce, pumpkin butter ricotta cheese, and shredded Italian cheeses. It’s then baked in the oven and topped with fried sage leaves, crunchy bits of pancetta, and buttered cracker crumbs creating the most delicious, comforting fall meal.

Ingredients

  • 17.6 oz. package Eliconi Pasta

  • 1 tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil

  • 3 tbsp. Flour

  • 1 cup 1% Milk

  • 1 cup Chicken broth

  • 1 cup Spiced pumpkin butter

  • 1 cup Whole milk ricotta cheese

  • 2 cups Shredded Italian cheeses (provolone, asiago, parmesan, & fontina)

  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)

  • Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Topping
  • 1 cup diced Pancetta

  • 1 cup Buttered & crushed saltine crackers

  • 1/4 cup shredded Italian cheese

  • Handful sage leaves

  • 1/4 cup Spiced pumpkin butter

Directions

  • Cook the pasta in salted water according to the package directions. Drain.
  • Add olive oil to a frying pan and cook the diced pancetta. Once the pancetta is crispy and brown, remove from pan with a slotted spoon (keep as much of the fat renderings in the pan as possible) and place on a plate lined with paper towels.
  • In the olive oil/pancetta renderings, add a handful of sage leaves and fry until crispy (this only takes a minute or so). Once crispy, place the sage leaves on the paper toweled line plate with the pancetta.
  • Add flour to the oil and stir to combine. Cook roux for about 1 minute. Slowly pour chicken broth and milk into the roux, whisking as you pour to prevent lumps of flour. Cook on medium heat, whisking occasionally, until sauce bubbles and begins to thicken to create the béchamel sauce. Remove sauce from heat once thickened.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine spiced pumpkin butter, ricotta cheese, Italian cheeses, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Evenly spread about 1/3 of the béchamel sauce to the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Place 1/3 of the cooked pasta in an even layer on top of the béchamel. Then evenly spread 1/3 of the pumpkin ricotta mixture on the pasta, with 1/3 of the shredded Italian cheeses on top of that.
  • Continue layering the béchamel sauce, pasta, pumpkin ricotta, and cheeses in 1/3’s. Finish the top of the pumpkin pasta with shredded cheese.
  • Bake creamy pumpkin pasta in oven for about 20-30 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and top & corners are browned.
  • Allow dish to cool for about 10 minutes. Garnish top of pasta casserole with a few fried sage leaves.
  • Serve creamy pumpkin pasta in a bowl (a bowl gives more room for hearty helpings!) then top with a dollop of pumpkin butter, pancetta crumbles, crushed crackers, shredded Italian cheese, and a couple of fried sage leaves for garnish.
  • Enjoy the comforting pumpkin pasta goodness!

Notes

  • Cook the pasta to al dente. The pasta will continue cooking in the oven.
  • Other short cut pastas that would work well in this dish; farfalle, ziti, rigatoni, cavatappi, or penne.
  • Take the help from the store and buy pancetta that is already diced.
  • Frying the pancetta and the sage leaves first, will add depths of flavor to the béchamel sauce.
  • Taste the spiced pumpkin butter before adding to the ricotta cheese. The pumpkin butter I used was not overly sweet. If your pumpkin butter is very sweet you may want to use less in this recipe.
  • Add chopped cooked chicken breast or turkey breast to this dish for added protein.
  • Pumpkin seeds or chopped walnuts would be a great crunchy topping too!

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Fall Entryway Décor

Fall Entryway Décor: 5 Cozy Essentials

Welcome family & friends home with cozy, neutral, fall entryway décor essentials with a little help from my friends at Birch Lane.

Fall Entryway Décor
This post is sponsored by Birch Lane.
All thoughts, ideas, and opinions are 100% my own.

The entryway is one of the most important spaces in any home. It’s the first space guests see when they enter your home, and it’s the last thing you’ll see when leaving for the day. Entryway’s should be functional & practical but also warm & welcoming just like any other part of the home.

Fall Entrance

With Thanksgiving less than a month away, I am teaming up with Birch Lane to show you how to create a cozy, neutral fall entryway to welcome your guests home for the holidays. It doesn’t matter how big or small your entryway is (ours is tiny!). All you need are a few cozy essentials to express big hospitality in a small space.

Fall Entryway Décor

For this blog post, I wanted to share with you a side entrance to our home that leads into our kitchen. It’s a small space and one I don’t share very often. However, I thought it would be fun to share with you that even a small side entrance can be a beautiful & functional space too.

Here are 5 cozy, fall entryway décor essentials to consider when welcoming guests to your home, big or small, this fall and Thanksgiving.

Fall Décor

Fall Entryway Décor: Doormats

A door mat is not just for wiping dirty shoes and feet. It’s also a great way to dress up the entrance of a home. A door mat should be practical and stylish; matching the aesthetic of your home.

Fall Entryway Décor

I added this cozy farmhouse style 2’x3′ black & white plaid indoor/outdoor doormat to the side entrance of our home. The plaid black & white pattern of this rug worked well with the white mum, orange pumpkins, and green gourds we already had on our porch.

I also loved the versatility of this doormat. This doormat can be used on either the inside or the outside of an entryway and can also be layered underneath another doormat. I love products that are not only beautiful but multi-functional too!

Fall Entryway Décor

A Couple of Things to Consider When Shopping for Doormats

  • Consider where the doormat will be used. Is the mat you’re shopping for made for inside or outdoor use, or both?
  • Check the size. Doormats come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s important to find a mat that fits the size of your door and space.
  • Layer the doormats. I like to do this at our front entrance, because it has the most foot traffic into our home. Place a washable patterned mat down, and then layer a natural coir doormat on top. The coir mat removes dirt & debris while the washable mat soaks up moisture.
Fall Entryway

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Black & White Plaid Doormat
Fall Entryway Décor
Fall Entryway Décor
Black & White Stripped Rug
Striped Doormat

Fall Entryway Décor: Wreaths

Hanging a seasonal wreath on the front door instantly makes a home feel welcoming & inviting and adds the perfect festive touch.

Fall Wreath

A wreath is a fun way to accessorize the outside of your home either for the season or the holidays. It gives your home personality as well as a pop of color.

I love to change the wreaths on our outside doors seasonally; it’s a fun & relatively inexpensive way to change up the outside of our home.

Fall Entryway Décor

Make the store bought wreath special by adding ribbon. (This is the ribbon I added to our fall wreath.) Use ribbon as a way to hang to your wreath from the door or by simply tying a bow to the wreath. There are thousands of different ribbons to choose from and hundreds of different ways to add ribbon to a wreath. Have fun selecting and adding ribbon!

Fall Entryway Wreath

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Fall Wreath
Faux Olive Silk Wreath
Fall Wreath
Bittersweet Wreath
Faux Willow Wreath

Pro Tip: Make sure when shopping for a wreath that will hang on the outside of your front door, that the wreath is weather resistant. Good quality, weather resistant wreaths can be used and repurposed for many years.

Fall Entryway Décor

Fall Entryway Décor: Baskets

Entryways are notorious for collecting clutter (well in our house anyways)!

Fall Entryway Style

Baskets offer a creative solution to declutter while adding storage to the entryway of a home. Baskets in an entryway can used to hold shoes, hats, mail, dog accessories, keys, winter apparel, or even firewood. So versatile, right?!

Basket of Wood
Basket of Wood

Baskets can be placed anywhere in an entryway from hanging from hooks, to tucked under benches, or even hung on walls.

I love how this handled seagrass basket full of firewood looks sitting next to the door. We are ready to stay cozy by the fire all fall & winter long!

Fall Basket of Wood

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Fall Entryway Décor
Farmhouse Baskets
Fall Entryway Décor
Set of 3 Baskets
Low Baskets

Fall Entryway Décor: Seating

Have a spot in your entryway for guests to be able to sit down to remove or put on their shoes and jackets.

Fall Entrance to Our Home

Both of the entrances in our home are tiny, so having a spot in the entryway for someone to sit is challenging. However, this stool is the perfect option for our small space. This accent stool is not so big that it takes up the entire entryway and it’s not too small for someone to plop their bones coming in from the outside.

Accent Stool Seating

I love the natural wood tone and style of this stool. Spindled legs just get me every time! It fits our cozy cottage farmhouse décor perfectly. This stool looks so cute with a few pumpkins stacked on top too!

Fall Entrance

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Accent Stool
Accent Stool
Fall Entryway Décor
Accent Stool
Fall Entryway Décor

Fall Entryway Décor: Artwork

The entryway sets the tone of your home and reflects your taste & personality. Adding artwork to your entryway tells guests who you are and what you love.

Just like the rest of your home, art adds depth and texture to your walls, so don’t neglect the wall space in your entryway!

Autumn Entryway

We added this vintage inspired landscape print to our entryway. I loved the cozy, country scene and the dark frame really made the artwork pop against the light neutral wallpaper.

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Vintage Landscape
Gallery Prints
Vintage Artwork
Fall Entryway Décor
Lemon Artwork

More Cozy Fall Entryway Décor From Birch Lane

Here are a few more neutral fall décor ideas that you could use to create the coziest entryway.

Cozy Throw Blanket
Cozy Blanket
Floor Lantern
Beeswax Candles
Cozy Throw Pillow

Don’t forget to check out the fall & Thanksgiving décor at Birch Lane! They offer everything you need to create a cozy home from furniture, rugs, lighting, to what I’ve got on my eyes on…holiday décor!

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DIY Hoop Wreath With Star Anise

DIY Hoop Wreath for the Holidays With Star Anise

A DIY hoop wreath with star anise is a simple & inexpensive craft that will add natural beauty to your holiday décor this Christmas season.

DIY Hoop Wreath With Star Anise

I love to incorporate nature into our home décor all year long, but there is something special about adding natural elements to holiday décor. It makes a home feel fresh, peaceful, and cozy. One of the best aspects of utilizing natural elements in décor, is that they are relatively inexpensive! Which means I am not spending a fortune adding to and updating our holiday décor each and every year.

DIY Hoop Wreath

This year, as I was imagining ways in which I could utilize natural elements in our holiday décor, some of my old favorites came to mind. I’ll definitely be using dried orange slices, pine boughs, and pine cones again. However, this year I wanted to add a few new natural elements, and one of the things that came to mind…star anise.

Star Anise

I typically always have whole star anise on hand for stovetop potpourri. As I was adding it to a pot of potpourri recently, I thought to myself, “How I can utilize this beautiful star shaped spice in our holiday décor this year?”

The answer…a DIY hoop wreath with star anise! Not only is this the easiest DIY wreath ever (it’s almost silly!), it is inexpensive too. (This entire wreath cost less than $10 to make.) This DIY hoop wreath with star anise is simply beautiful and will fill your home with delicious, warm, licoricey aromas. Perfect for the holidays!

DIY Hoop Wreath

What is star anise?

If you’re not familiar with star anise, it’s the seed pod from the fruit of an evergreen shrub native to southwest China. The pod is shaped like a star and has an average of eight points. Each point contains a single pea-sized seed. The star anise pod is picked before it ripens. Then dried in the sun, which turns it a deep brown color. Both the seeds and the pods are used in cooking and contain the sweet, strong anise flavor.

Star anise can be purchased whole and ground. For our DIY hoop wreath, we will be using whole star anise.

DIY Hoop Wreath With Star Anise

Supplies for DIY Hoop Wreath With Star Anise

Hoop Note: You can use any sized hoop for this wreath ( will just need more or less star anise). You can also make the wreath with a silver hoop, embroidery hoop, or even a wire hanger shaped into a circle.

Holiday Ribbon Note: Use any holiday ribbon you prefer or have on hand. I love velvet ribbon around the holidays, so that is the ribbon I picked!

DIY Hoop Wreath

How to Make a DIY Hoop Wreath With Star Anise

To start your DIY hoop wreath, go through the bag of star anise and pull out around 37 of the best looking star anise. Pick various sized star anise to mix large and small pieces throughout the wreath. As you find the best shaped star anise, put them off to the side.

Unfortunately, you will find quite a few broken pieces (But don’t worry, the broken ones are fine for stovetop potpourri!).

Star Anise

Place the hoop on a flat surface.

Tip: You may want to line the surface with paper or cardboard to avoid getting hot glue on your countertops. I did not do this and had to scrape hot glue off our counters….shh let’s keep that a secret from Dave!

Star Anise Hoop Wreath

Now, you can begin hot gluing the star anise to the hoop. Place a dab of glue to the back of the star anise, see above photo (the side of the star anise with pods should face forward). Attach the star anise to the hoop. Hold the star anise in place for about a second or so to ensure it adheres to the hoop.

Star Anise on Hoop Wreath

Hot glue the star anise all the way around the hoop, alternating between the small, medium, and large star anise. This will make the wreath look natural and organic. As you hot glue the star anise to the hoop, try to fit them as closely together as possible (similar to piecing a puzzle together).

Star Anise Wreath

I liked the look of the stem on some of the star anise, so I left that on a few of the pieces.

Star Anise
Star Anise

You may need to use small star anise or break the star anise to get the final piece(s) in place to finish the wreath.

It’s ok if some of the hoop is showing, which is exactly why I picked a gold hoop!

Star Anise Wreath

Your finished DIY hoop wreath with star anise should look something like this. So simple & easy to make but so naturally beautiful too!

Ribbon for DIY Hoop Wreath

Once all of the star anise have been glued to the hoop, you can add a simple bow with holiday ribbon.

DIY Hoop Wreath With Star Anise

I added this thin velvet ribbon, but here some other ribbon options I am loving for the holidays.

DIY Hoop Wreath

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Brown Butter Snickerdoodle

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles: A Friendsgiving Party Favor

Brown butter snickerdoodles are the perfect cookies to give as party favors at your next Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving get together with their warm cinnamon flavor & chewy texture.

Friendsgiving Party Favor

Snickerdoodles were one those cookies that my mom would have in her homemade Christmas cookie assortment every year. They were delicious with their soft & chewy sugar cookie type texture, warm cinnamon flavor, and a little tang from the cream of tarter. It was one of the first cookies we would devour because they were so good!

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

I decided to put a twist on the traditional snickerdoodle cookie and make a brown butter snickerdoodle for Friendsgiving & Thanksgiving. Doesn’t that sound delicious?! This cookie has all the same flavor components as the ones my mom used to make, however these cookies are decadent and rich with the caramelly, nutty flavor of the brown butter. I thought these warm, cinnamon, nutty flavored cookies would make the perfect Friendsgiving party favor or Thanksgiving dessert option!

Let’s bake some cookies and I’ll show you how to give them as Friendsgiving party favors too!

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles
Friendsgiving Party Favor

Friendsgiving Inspiration

For this blog post, I am joining 11 other bloggers to bring you ideas and inspiration that you can use for Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving. Continue reading to the end of this post for links to more Friendsgiving blog posts…there are a ton of great ideas!

Friendsgiving Blog Hop

If you are coming here from Tatertots & Jello, welcome! Jen always shares the cutest ideas from DIY’s, seasonal décor, recipes, and so much more. I love the Friendsgiving leftover printables she shared in today’s blog hop!

Friendsgiving Party Favors

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But enough about me, let’s get to the good stuff…cookies!

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

Here are few reasons to love brown butter snickerdoodles and why they should be added to your cookie baking lineup.

  • Easy to Make: These cookies are extremely easy to make! No mixer is required, which means the kiddos can easily help with this.
  • Brown Butter: The star of this cookie, brown butter! It takes snickerdoodles to another level with a deep, nutty flavor that is rich and decadent.
  • No Chill Recipe: The snickerdoodle cookie dough does not need to be chilled before baking. Which means the cookies are ready for eating sooner!
  • Cinnamon Sugar: These cookies are rolled in cinnamon sugar giving them that classic snickerdoodle taste.
Brown Butter Snickerdoodle

Ingredients for Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 1 ½ cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs

Cinnamon Sugar

  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

How to Make Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

First, melt butter in a large pan over medium-low heat. Once the butter is melted, keep stirring until the milk solids separate and brown. The rest of the butter will turn a light brown in color (you will also smell the delicious nutty flavor).

Browned Butter

Pour the butter into a mixing bowl and let cool for at least 15 minutes before mixing cookie dough.

While the butter cools, mix the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. In another small bowl, mix together the 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Set that aside to use later.

Once the butter has fully cooled, mix the browned butter and white sugar together using a rubber spatula in a large bowl. Then, whisk in the vanilla extract and the eggs into the butter mixture. Mix until well combined.

Snickerdoodle Wet Ingredients

Carefully fold the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Mix until well combined.

With a scoop, scoop out cookie dough and form into balls. My cookie dough balls were about 1/2″ in diameter.

Roll the cookies in the cinnamon sugar mixture you made earlier.

Place cookie dough balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Cookie Dough Balls

Bake cookies in a preheated 375 degree oven for 7 minutes on lower shelf, and 7 minutes on top shelf. Cookies should have lightly browned edges.

Immediately remove cookies from baking sheet and allow to cool on a cooling rack.

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

Baking Tips

  • Butter: I prefer baking with salted butter. However, you can make this recipe with unsalted butter. Just make sure to add 1 teaspoon of salt to the ingredients.
  • Brown Butter: Allow the brown butter to fully cool before mixing cookie dough. Also, you can make this recipe without browning the butter. Just use 1 cup of butter instead.
  • Flour: When measuring flour, make sure to scoop and level. Do not scoop directly into the flour, this will compact the flour leading to the use of more flour than the recipe calls for.
Friendsgiving Party Favor

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles Friendsgiving Party Favor

Once the snickerdoodles are completely cooled, you can begin the fun part of assembling your Friendsgiving party favors!

What You will Need for the Party Favors

  • Cookie bags
  • Ribbon
  • Thank you tags (downloadable copy below)
  • Scissors
  • Brown butter snickerdoodle cookies
Friendsgiving Party Favor Supplies

How to Assemble Friendsgiving Party Favors

To start, you will need to decide how many cookies you will be adding to each favor and how many party favors you need based on the number of guests. (This snickerdoodle recipe yields about 36 cookies.)

Place the desired amount of cookies into each party favor bag. I added four cookies to our favors, for some reason it felt like the right amount!

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

Tie a ribbon into a knot to seal the cookie bag. I used this small satin ribbon, but you can use any ribbon you like. Make sure to the tie the knot tightly and close to the cookie at the top of the bag. This will ensure there isn’t too much air in the bag which will keep the cookies fresher, longer.

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles Party Favor

After tying a tight knot, add the thank you tag. I created a cute “Thank you for being a sweet friend!” tag that is perfect for Friendsgiving! You can download or print the thank you tags I created here:

Friendsgiving Thank you Tag: Vertical

Friendsgiving Thank you Tag: Horizontal

Friendsgiving Gift Tags

Tie a bow with the ribbon to hold the thank you tag in place, trim the end of the ribbon, and your Friendsgiving party favor is complete!

Friendsgiving Party Favors

These are the cutest, coziest favors to gift your guests this Friendsgiving. Who doesn’t love delicious, fresh baked cookies?!

How to Store Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

If you do not plan on giving your snickerdoodle party favors out within a day or so, I recommend freezing them. This will keep the cookies fresher longer. Simply remove the cookie party favors from the freezer a few hours before your guests arrive to allow the cookies to defrost.

If you are not using these cookies as party favors, place the snickerdoodles in an airtight container and store in a cool dry place. Cookies will last up to 5 days.

To freeze, place cookies in an airtight container and freeze for up to 60 days. Allow cookies to thaw before enjoying.

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

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Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

36

cookies
Prep Time

15

minutes
Cooking Time

14

minutes
Calories

156

kcal
Total Time

29

minutes

These brown butter snickerdoodles are an easy to make, no chill recipe. The brown butter adds a decadent, rich nutty flavor to these cookies. While the cinnamon sugar gives these snickerdoodles their warm, classic taste.

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1 ½ teaspoons cream of tartar

  • 1 cup salted butter

  • 1 ½ cups white granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 large eggs

  • Cinnamon Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Melt butter in a large frying pan over medium-low heat. Once the butter is melted, keep stirring until the milk solids separate and brown.
  • Pour the butter into a mixing bowl and let cool for at least 15 minutes before mixing cookie dough.
  • While the butter cools, mix the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • In another small bowl, mix 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Set aside for later.
  • Once the butter has fully cooled, mix the browned butter and white sugar together using a rubber spatula in a large bowl. Then, whisk in the vanilla extract and the eggs into the butter mixture. Mix until well combined.
  • Carefully fold the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Mix until well combined.
  • With a scoop, scoop out cookie dough and form into balls. My cookie dough balls were about 1/2″ in diameter.
  • Roll the cookies in the cinnamon sugar mixture you made earlier.
    Place cookie dough balls on parchment lined baking sheets.
  • Bake cookies in a preheated 375 degree oven for 7 minutes on lower shelf, and 7 minutes on top shelf. Cookies should have lightly browned edges.
  • Immediately remove cookies from baking sheet and allow to cool on a cooling rack.

Notes

  • Butter: I prefer baking with salted butter. However, you can make this recipe with unsalted butter. Just make sure to add 1 teaspoon of salt to the ingredients.
  • Brown Butter: Allow the brown butter to fully cool before mixing cookie dough. Also, you can make this recipe without browning the butter. Just use 1 cup of butter instead.
  • Flour: When measuring flour, make sure to scoop and level. Do not scoop directly into the flour, this compacts the flour. This leads to using more flour than the recipe calls for.
  • To store snickerdoodles, place in an airtight container and store in a cool dry place. Cookies will last up to 5 days. To freeze, place cookies in an airtight container and freeze for up to 60 days. Allow cookies to thaw before enjoying.

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How to Style Shelves in the Kitchen for Thanksgiving & Christmas

Simple tips on how to style shelves in the kitchen with décor that can easily transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas using rich textures, neutral colors, and cozy elements.

Holiday Kitchen Shelf

Tis the season for all things holiday. Well…almost! We are coming up on the most magical time of the year but also the busiest, right?! There is so much to do for the holidays from shopping & baking to parties & festivities. It can get overwhelming at times with everything we have on our list of things to do.

But, what if I could help you check one thing off your list by sharing how to style shelves in the kitchen for not one, but two upcoming holidays?!

How to Style Shelves

Last week, during one of our many rainy days lately, I challenged myself to style the shelf in our kitchen with décor that could easily be used for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I wanted to create a look that was neutral, natural, cozy, and collected that could be used for multiple holidays. Surprisingly, I think I may have achieved that by using items we already had in our home!

Holiday Kitchen Shelf

Let’s take a look at how to style shelves in the kitchen with décor that can take you from Thanksgiving all the way through the new year. Leaving you with more time for your other holiday activities!

How to Style Shelves in the Kitchen

The Basics of How to Style Shelves

There are a few basic tips to remember when styling a shelf for any season or holiday. Use these simple tips as a guide when beginning to pull objects together to place on a shelf.

  • Stick to a color palette.
  • Use a combination of old & new objects.
  • Include natural elements.
  • Use items of varying heights.
  • Add layers to create depth.
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Choose a Color Palette When Styling Shelves

This might be the most important step when deciding to style shelves with décor for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I decided to stick to a neutral color palette utilizing shades of white, cream, green, and tan. Each of these colors together are warm & cozy, and could easily be used for one or both holidays.

Kitchen Shelf Décor

How to Style Shelves Using Old & New Objects

One of the things I love to do when decorating is to shop our home! As I said before, almost all of the objects I used on our kitchen shelf were pieces we already had in our home. The white plates, bowls, and mugs were stored away in our pantry, so I brought those out and stacked them on the shelf to add layers and create depth.

Farmhouse Kitchen
How to Style Shelves in the Kitchen

The white ceramic houses were a gift from Dave a few Christmas’s ago. I use them in our Christmas décor each year. Not only do they have special meaning to me, but I love the cozy charm & character they add to the décor in our home.

White Ceramic Houses

These ceramic houses are no longer available however, I found this ivory ceramic Christmas village set from Pottery Barn that is beautiful, or this more smaller, more affordable white decorative ceramic village set from Target is cute too.

Stoneware in the Kitchen

The only new object styled on our kitchen shelf, is this deer stoneware pitcher. I found this while researching my favorite Christmas décor finds for 2022 and had to have it! I think it looks so cute hanging here and although it has a reindeer on the pitcher, I felt it did not necessarily scream Christmas.

Farmhouse Kitchen

How to Style Shelves With Natural Elements

No matter the season or holiday, I always love to have fresh natural elements in our home. It adds beauty and coziness!

Pitcher of Eucalyptus

I had to think a little bit about which natural element would work best here for two holidays. The answer…eucalyptus! Fresh eucalyptus is a great year round option as a filler for flower arrangements, but also placed in a vessel all on it’s own.

Natural Elements on a Shelf

On our shelf, I filled a white pitcher with water and added fresh eucalyptus stems with small leaves. These small eucalyptus leaves reminded me of rosemary and pine stems that most of us use in our holiday décor, so I thought it was the perfect natural element to add here.

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How to Style Shelves With Height

Add items of varying heights to the shelf. This allows the eye to move from item to item on the shelf, creating visual interest.

The white pitcher filled with eucalyptus was a little stout for the shelf, so I simply placed the pitcher on a stack of dishes. It instantly made the pitcher appear taller, and added the right amount of height to the center of our shelf.

How to Style Shelves

Don’t forget to make sure the items on your shelves look balanced! For instance, don’t place all of your tall items on one side of the shelf. Mix items of varying heights throughout your shelf for a cohesive, balanced look.

How to Style Shelves

Add Layers for Depth on Shelves

Layers add personality and coziness to your shelves!

One of the ways I like to add layers to a kitchen shelf is by stacking plates, bowls, and mugs.

How to Style Shelves

Layers can also be created by placing items in groups of odd numbers. I created a group of three objects on either end of the shelf using the ceramic houses, a faux potted evergreen, candle, and a stack of bowls.

Kitchen Shelf

Adding layers to your shelf will prevent it from looking flat, dull, and boring.

How to Style Shelves in the Kitchen

Final Thoughts on How To Style Style Shelves for Thanksgiving & Christmas

With a few pieces you most likely have in your home you can style your kitchen shelves for not just Thanksgiving but Christmas too!

  • Use neutral colors such as varying shades of white, cream, green, and tan.
  • Display your holiday china that may be sitting in a pantry or hutch.
  • Decorate your shelf with items that have special meaning to you.
  • Bring in the outdoors with natural elements.
  • Add height and layer items for depth and visual interest.
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Slow Cooker Chicken & Corn Soup

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Slow cooker chicken & corn soup is the perfect blend of comforting chicken soup and creamy corn chowder. This recipe makes a hearty dinner for the family with plenty of leftovers for the week. The best part, the slow cooker does most of the work for you!

Slow Cooker Chicken & Corn Soup

The chill of autumn has arrived in New England. It seems like all at once the air shifts from the warm, humid days of summer to the cool, brisk days of fall. I am always amazed at how this happens almost over night.

Chicken & Corn Soup

One of my favorite ways to warm up the family on these chilly autumn days (besides a blazing fire in the wood stove) is by serving a delicious, comforting soup for lunch or dinner. There is something about a hearty bowl of soup, stew, or chowder that not only warms the belly but the soul too.

This slow cooker soup will do just that. Slow cooker chicken & corn soup is creamy and delicious, packed with tender chunks of white meat chicken and loaded with vegetables. Perfect for filling hungry bellies.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Corn Soup

As this slow cooker chicken & corn soup slowly cooks on the counter, your home will be filled with the most delicious aromas. When hubby comes through the door and says, “What is that amazing smell?”, you know you have a good recipe, right?!

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