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What’s the best way to enjoy the holiday season? I think the beauty of this question is there isn’t one answer. Maybe for you, it’s watching every Christmas movie possible, knitting scarves for your friends, or pretending it’s still summer. Nevertheless, the holiday season usually means you have more time for self-care. For me, that looks like pumpkin spice sugar cookies and extra attention to my skincare routine.

Cookies and facial skincare sound like they don’t go together, but trust me, they do. My skin type is pretty normal, but since I’m human and have a hectic routine, I sometimes forget to make sure I’m giving it the right attention. I’m always sure to put on sunscreen every morning, and after giving my cousin the LANEIGE Grapefruit Lip Sleeping Mask and hearing her rave about it, I’ve been using it every night before bed. Since the winter season leaves my skin on the drier side, I also make sure to exfoliate once a week and use my cleanser, serum and moisturizing cream from my Caudalie Vinosource Set specifically made to hydrate my skin. 

While my skincare products work their magic on my face, I bake my own up in the kitchen. Sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies are the main classics, but a few years back my friend made boxed pumpkin spice cookies for the holidays and though I never thought myself a fan of pumpkin spice, they tasted divine. After, I decided to alter my sugar cookie recipe a smidge to have the perfect pumpkin spice sugar cookie to munch on for the holiday season

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies (makes about 20 cookies depending on size) 

Photo of orange and purple tie dyed cookies on a cooling rack with sprinkles
[Image Description: Photo of orange and purple tie-dyed pumpkin spice sugar cookies on a cooling rack with sprinkles] Via Talia Basma

  • 220g unsalted butter
  • 290g sugar 
  • 10g corn starch 
  • 290g AP flour
  • ½ tsp cinnamon (if you really like cinnamon you can do a full teaspoon) 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cold egg
  • 1 ½ tsp pumpkin spice emulsion (Available in most baking/craft stores and online. If you cannot find it, you can add 1 tsp of nutmeg instead.)
  • 1tbsp vanilla extract

These are pretty common ingredients so it’s easy to whip these up in bulk and share with friends and family for the holidays. In the picture, mine are tie-dye and have some sprinkles but that was just to make them look more fun for my brothers so feel free to add food coloring or sprinkles! I think my favorite thing about winter is all the opportunities to share food with others. I have been baking a lot recently with COVID-19, but it’s extra fun for me to package everything and give it with love to the people in my life. I’ll admit it’s not entirely selfless because I love when they rave about how great my desserts taste. These cookies are no exception. When I first made them, I was skeptical that they’d be good since I never enjoy pumpkin spice when I add it to cakes or buttercreams, but something about the sugar cookie balances out so well with the flavoring. Not to be cliché, but it literally tastes like fall in the best way. 


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl
  3. In a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients (corn starch, flour, cinnamon, and salt).  
  4. Add the egg to the creamed sugar and butter; whip for about 30 seconds or until fully incorporated 
  5. Add in vanilla and pumpkin spice
  6. Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix after each addition
  7. Once properly mixed, shape into balls and place on a baking tray
  8. Place in freezer for 10 minutes (this helps with spreading) 
  9. Bake for 11 minutes and then pull the cookies out to cool 

After these amazing cookies have cooled enough to eat, you can enjoy them all by yourself or share a few with those nearby. I must warn you, once you start eating these cookies, you might not want to stop. You can totally eat these cookies while watching holiday classics and using an eye mask. Nothing is a better gift in the holidays than giving yourself permission to relax and enjoying some of the love you’re usually giving to other people

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  • Talia Basma

    Talia Basma is an alum of the University of California, Davis where she graduated with High Honors and dual emphasis in Creative Writing and Literature, Criticism, & Theory for English. Her passion is weaving storytelling with truth and giving voice to life as a first-generation American. When she's not baking or reading romance, she's busy daydreaming about how to make a better world with the power of words.


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