These buttery shortbread cookies with a hint of pumpkin are sandwiched together with dulce de leche sauce.

These cookies are made in support of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. OXO has agreed to donate $100 for each cookie post dedicated to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer that is posted in the month of September. They are also donating 25 cents for each tool that sold in the month of September bearing this sticker.

My mind has been in pumpkin overload so I wanted to make some sort of pumpkin cookies. Shortbread dough needs to be quite dry so I stayed away from using regular pumpkin. Instead, I used some pumpkin butter. The pumpkin butter gives the cookies a nice hint of pumpkin and spice without ruining the buttery melt-in-your-mouth nature of a shortbread cookie.

Weekend Things

1. House Party

We had a house party recently. We had such a good time hanging out with friends and the weather was perfect- sunny, not too hot, not too cold. I managed to snap a few quick photos of some of the food I served.

Top row: Mini cucumber sandwiches with cute bear and frog imprints and Fruit Cornucopias.

Bottom row: Mini pumpkin donut muffins and big cookies and cream cookies.

Top row: Veggie bread bowls and ice balls. The ice balls were for the drinks. I recently bought these molds from Amazon so that we can make large ice that takes longer to melt, like the ice used for whiskey. My friends seemed to really enjoy how these looked. You can also fill them with mint or fruit, which we did as well.

Bottom row: Before and after shots of some steak skewers I made. I interspersed the meat with bell peppers, nectarines and peaches. I really loved how the nectarines and peaches tasted grilled. That little bit of heat brought out the sweetness of the fruit.

There were also various drinks and marinated chicken which I forgot to take pictures of.

2. Tonymoly

I recently was introduced to this Korean line of cosmetics by Darlene. When she showed me some of the products, I nearly fell out of my seat because everything was so darn cute. I love the fruit packaging, and the lotions really smell like the actual fruit they are supposed to represent. The products are available at Urban Outfitters. I purchased mine from some third party sellers through Amazon.

Three words: Churros con chocolate. Last weekend we had some amazing churros at Churros Calientes during our Los Angeles trip.

The small cafe offers typical cafe foods like sandwiches, soups and salads, but it’s the churros they are most known for. They have filled churros, small churros, and most importantly churros con chocolate. Churros con chocolate are served with a cup of thick hot chocolate for dipping the churros. It’s a dish that is very famous in Madrid. (Mental note: When I finally get to visit Madrid, I’m going to eat these everyday.)

A friend of mine is planning a trip to Spain and I mentioned that he needed to put churros on his itinerary. He wasn’t interested at first–telling me he doesn’t like fried dough (I know, the horror!) A few days later, he seemed to change his tune, and suggested we check out Churros Calientes for dessert as it’s supposed to serve the best churros in LA. I immediately agreed, and everyone in our group really loved this place. My “I don’t eat fried dough” friend is now planning on making hotel reservations right next to San Ginés (the place in Madrid most famous for churros con chocolate) during his stay in Madrid so he can eat these everyday for breakfast.

Not only were the churros lovely, but the atmosphere was as well. The staff were so friendly and funny and really made our meal so much more enjoyable.

Since we had a large group, we decided to order a variety of different churros.

Churros con chocolate

A basket of petite, freshly fried churros comes out with a small cup of thick, rich hot chocolate. The churros were light and airy, though a tad firmer than churros I’ve had in the past. But I’ve never been to Spain, so perhaps this is how they are supposed to be. Once the churros are soaked, you don’t really notice the firmness. The best part, of course, was the dipping chocolate. The decadent sauce easily clung to the churros, creating a swoon-worthy treat.

Churros Grande filled with guava