Hello again. How I love the fall season. Then the holidays are just behind. It's so much fun baking this time of year and I always start with pumpkin cookies with brown sugar frosting. Be sure to make them - they will become your favorite especially if you like pumpkin. Happy Halloween and wait till you see my November and December column!

This is my favorite cookie recipe for fall. This was given to me years ago from my cousin Jeane Christofferson in Utah. I printed it last year and here it is again for you.

Charlene's Pumpkin Cookies 1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup pumpkin
1 egg
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream shortening, sugar and pumpkin; add eggs and mix well. Add sifted dry ingredients and mix well. Drop from spoon on cookie sheet. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 10 - 12 minutes.

Frosting:
3 tablespoons butter
4 teaspoon milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla

Cook butter, milk and brown sugar until dissolved. Cook and add powdered sugar. Add vanilla and spread over warm cookies.

If we fill our hours with regrets over the failures of yesterday, and with worries over the problems of tomorrow, we have no today in which to be thankful.
This is another great cookie recipe with pumpkin. What a great way to start Fall - making cookies!

Pumpkin Cookie Recipe 2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter; softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup pumpkin
1 egg

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients then set aside. Cream butter in a large mixing bowl, then add sugar, mix. Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla. Beat until light and creamy. Then mix in dry ingredients until well blended. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto greased cookie sheet. Smooth top of cookie before baking. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

Slow down and take in the beauty of nature.
Apple Brownies 1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 large apples; pared and chopped
1/2 cup nuts; chopped
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Cream together the butter, sugar and egg. Add apples. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon to cream mixture. Stir in nuts.
Pour into a 9x9 inch pan. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon mixture on top. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.

Take the time to go for a ride or trip to see all the beautiful changing leaves.
Mouldings Original Crispy Recipe In a saucepan combine the following and boil for three minutes:
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 stick of margarine or butter

Add 7 ounces sweetened condensed milk; boil for three additional minutes. Remove from heat and add 10 cups crisp rice cereal (Rice Crispies). Mix well.

Spray your mold with vegetable spray (1st time only). Pack mold well, knock out. Decorate with small candies with red hots and mini chocolate chips. Makes about 14 shapes.

If you do not have molds, you can put in 9" x 11" inch pan and cut in squares. For individual servings put in cellophane bags or Saran Wrap.