Gingersnaps with Pumpkin dip

One of my families favorite fall treats is gingersnaps.  The combination of cinnamon, cloves , molasses and ginger just screams Autumn.  These are not like the hard as a rock gingersnaps you might have had out of a box once or twice.  Instead these little gems are soft and chewy with a sprinkle of sugar on top.  Warm out of the oven they will knock your socks off, but if you pair them with my pumpkin dip, well that just takes them to a whole different level!! Gingersnaps 2/3 cup shortening 1 egg 2 cups flour 1 tsp. ginger 2 tsp. baking soda 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup molasses 1 tsp. cinnamon 3/4 tsp. cloves 1/4 tsp. salt Mix the shortening and the sugar; add egg and molasses.  Next add the sifted flour and dry ingredients.  Mix them all together and then chill your dough for about 1 hour.  Roll…

Peanut Butter Frosting

Today is a special occasion at the compound.  Our son that was away in basic training with the army just came home.  He turned 20 in August but for him it was just another day doing drills, running miles and having target practice. My Birthday Boy!! So the family has gathered here today for a belated birthday and welcome home celebration.  I made his favorite cake.  Yellow cake with peanut butter frosting.  It seems to be a family tradition, my most requested birthday cake.  The cake itself may change from vanilla to chocolate but the frosting always remains the same.  Gotta have that peanut butter! Peanut Butter Frosting 6 ounces of cream cheese, softened 2/3 cup of peanut butter 1/4 cup of milk 1 tsp. vanilla 3 cups of confectioners sugar In a large mixing bowl combine cream cheese and peanut butter mixing until smooth.  Add the vanilla and mix.…