Cold Days are Perfect for Baking {recipe}

Wow, it is a very cold morning in northern Iowa. I really love winter, it is my favorite season, however when the actual temperature is below zero and the wind chill is much colder than that – I sometimes wonder why I do. We usually have a lot of beautiful snow but this year has been different. We haven’t gotten much and what we do have is almost gone. Hopefully we’ll get more soon.

I still welcome these cold mornings because they are perfect for baking. We love yummy treats and anything made with chocolate is instantly a favorite. The girls have requested our homemade brownies today and they are the perfect first recipe to share with you.


Chocolate Brownies

Here is what you will need:

1 cup pumpkin (or favorite purred squash – we love butternut or acorn, too)

1/2 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup cocoa powder

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup water (so it’s easier to mix all ingredients together)

1/2 cup baking chips (get creative. today we chose butterscotch and mini chocolate chips) + extra for the top if desired

Here is what you need to do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl then pour batter into a greased 8-inch baking dish. Top with extra baking chips (optional) and bake for 30 minutes (time may vary depending on oven). Cool and enjoy!

I sure hope you and your loved ones enjoy these as much as we do. You can easily bake these vegan if you use sugar instead of honey and use your favorite vegan baking chips. They are also great for sneaking a little vegetable into your picky little ones. My three-year-old won’t touch a vegetable, but she absolutely loves this sweet treat.You can also easily double this recipe and bake in a 9×13-inch baking dish (which you will probably want to do) and adjust the baking time.

Enjoy my friends and stay warm!


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