Very Pfeffernusse. So hand cramp. Wow.

When I went mostly low carb over a decade ago I stopped baking goodies. Too tempting and I'm one of those people who has a hard time turning it off. Little GV wanted to take a sample of food from part of her cultural background, German. So, we decided on Pfeffernusse, the spiced cookies from the portal to ecstasy.

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Ouch. The dough comes out very sticky and it's heavy and my hand cramped multiple times while stirring. It's still sore. If I could have mixed with my hands I would have, but it was just too sticky. Also, I wear shoes when I cook because too much time with no foot support makes my back hurt, so at least it's only my feet that are tired from walking so much.

So, I hurt from making cookies. I offered my services to my MiL and she suggested I bring a pumpkin pie. I always go all out on holidays, meaning the very best of everything and everything from scratch, so I'm not going to bring a pie from a store (unless the below recipe turns out like shit). I'm going to try this miracle: Cheesecake Pumpkin Pie.

Yes, it is a recipe that's been floating around Faceyspace. Compared to the endurance trial of the Pfeffernusse (and the Unicorn Poop Cookies) it looks pretty easy. I do plan to cheat and get a good frozen pie crust.

Is there something new you're trying this year that has you excited? Include the link or recipe if you're feeling it.

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