Thanksgiving, a cherished holiday that brings our family together in gratitude, surrounded by the warmth of love and the aroma of delicious food. We revel in the beauty of both fleeting moments and timeless traditions that define us as a family. The night before Thanksgiving holds a special place in our hearts, as we embark on a family camping adventure on our land.
Under the vast sky, dads and little ones tend to the crackling fire, filling the air with joy and laughter. Meanwhile, moms and grandmothers, nestled in the house farther up the land, share timeless wisdom and orchestrate the Thanksgiving feast. The scene is set as we gather around the table, bathed in the soft glow of firelight, serenaded by the chirping crickets, and captivated by the brilliance of the moon and stars.
In this magical ambiance, we share more than just a meal; we share love, laughter, and heartfelt thanks. The morning of Thanksgiving is greeted with a family tradition of our own – the Turkey Trot Thanksgiving run. As we lace up our running shoes and hit the trails, the spirit of togetherness and gratitude fills the crisp autumn air.
With our hearts warmed and spirits lifted, we embark on separate journeys throughout the day, each of us carrying the joy and thanksgiving we've cultivated. Thanksgiving is not just a day but a radiant tapestry of shared moments, where love, laughter, and gratitude weave through the fabric of our family, creating memories that linger long after the last bite of pumpkin pie.
Tea and Celebration
Nothing warms the heart and brings family together quite like the joy of sharing stories and cherished moments over a steaming cup of our favorite tea. At Piper and Leaf, our love for tea knows no bounds, and we're always on the lookout for creative ways to savor our timeless favorites.
Take, for instance, our beloved fall classic, Caramel Apple Pie. It's not just a tea; it's a journey through memories and the essence of autumn. Whether you prefer it hot, iced, or with a splash of milk, this blend is the perfect companion for celebrating the fall season and expressing gratitude.
But why stop at sipping? We've taken our passion a step further and concocted the ultimate cookie recipe to complement your favorite holiday drink. Because who says you can't eat your tea? As you prepare for a day filled with laughter, catching up, and reflecting on the year, we invite you to carve out a moment to whip up these delightful cookies. It's a small but delicious way to add warmth to your gatherings and create lasting memories with those you hold dear.
So, amidst the hustle and bustle of the holidays, may you find a moment to indulge in the simple joy of baking and sharing these scrumptious treats with your loved ones. After all, it's the little moments of connection that make the season truly special. Here's to tea, cookies, and the warmth of family and friends—our greatest blessings during this season of gratitude.
Caramel Apple Pie Cookies
- 3/4 cup vegan butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
- 5 tbls apple sauce or apple butter
- ¼ cup +1tbsp Caramel Apple Pie concentrate
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp corn starch
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp coarse Kosher salt
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp coriander
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 4 tbsp cap
- 2 tps cinnamon
- In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, granulated sugar and dark brown sugar for 4-5 minutes, scraping the bowl several times, until fluffy. Beat in the Apple butter one tbls at a time, then beat in the boiled cap. Scrape the bowl down again and beat to combine well.
- In a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients by spoonfuls, mixing just to combine. Use a spatula if you need to bring it together to incorporate all the flour.
- Use a cookie scoop to portion the dough into balls. Place on a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper, and flatten each ball with the palm of your hand.
- Preheat the oven to 350. Bake the cookies for 8 minutes (small cookie scoop) or 10 minutes (large cookie/cupcake scoop). Cool on the pan for several minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
- Once cool, top with frosting, and enjoy!