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Fall into the tastes of the season

WILMINGTON,NC (WECT)- Now that it's officially October, many are moving toward everything cinnamon, pumpkin and delicious when it comes to treats for family and friends.

In celebration of the season change, Samantha Smith, owner of the Sugar on Front Street bakery shared some of her favorite recipes which she said are pretty easy to make yourself at home:

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies with Orange Glaze
1/2 c. softened butter
3/4 dark brown sugar, lightly packed.
1 egg
1/2 tsp. Singing Dog Vanilla Bean Paste
3/4 c. unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. soda
1 1/2 c. rolled oats
1/2 c. dried cranberries (not Craisins!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat butter and sugar till combined. Add egg and vanilla and stir well. Scrape down sides of bowl. Beat in remaining ingredients till combined.  Scoop by tablespoonfuls onto parchment lined sheet pan. Give room to spread. Bake for 7 minutes. Turn pan around and bake for another 7 minutes. These cookies are done when they have bubbled in the middle and are a golden brown color.
Orange Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar,
2 tablespoons orange juice (fresh!) 
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
When cookies are almost cool, drizzle lightly with glaze-unless you REALLY like frosting and then slather those babies thickly!
Pumpkin Gingerbread
1/2 c. softened butter
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 egg
1 cup molasses
1/2 cup pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
3/4 c. boiling water
2 1/2 c. sifted unbleached all purpose flour
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp. freshly grated cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line either a dozen muffin cups or a 2 lbs loaf pan and GREASE WELL!
Combine first 5 ingredients in a mixer. While mixing sift together ALL dry ingredients. Do not skip the sifting!  When wet ingredients well combined, slowly add the boiling water with mixer still going-as soon as all water is incorporated add in dry ingredients. Combine thoroughly, scrape a lot but do NOT over mix.  Bake muffins till a toothpick or skewer comes out clean-about 18 minutes. Bake loaf-starting at 30 minutes and check at 5 minute intervals after that. Do not over bake!

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