Classic Amy Joanne

All Things Art & Home

There are benefits to having a creative mind ~ for instance, seeing things beyond what they are. It’s a wonderful tool in the tool box.

And this ‘tool’ came in handy when I spotted a Pumpkin Serving Dish with a pretty scalloped edge at Dollar General. It had an ugly stem though ~ and I said to myself ‘self, you can change that’.

And that is exactly what I did, changed it using a few art skills with Quickwood, paint and my imagination, perfectly as pictured.

I also added scrapbooking paper to the inside-bottom.

And what a pretty Pumpkin Serving Dish it became, with that pretty scalloped edge….gets me every time.

So pretty that I ended up making 4 ~ for the folks that stopped by and asked where I purchased it ~ ‘will you make one for me?’ they asked….

‘why sure’

I depleted the stock at our local Dollar General.

I certainly had fun setting up the vignette to photograph the Pumpkin Serving Dishes.

Using what I had on hand ~ my Grandmother’s cake pedestal ~ love my Nana, a woven table runner from a Shaker Hancock Village visit (see our visit here), a simple basket with greens and adding homemade Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, of course.

The recipe I used was titled Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ typically when I try any ‘titled’ recipes I think ‘how could this be any good omitting ingredients?‘ But I can truly tell you ~ the eggs and such were not missed and the Cookies get ‘all thumbs up’ for sweet goodness!

Of course my brother pointed out that I used Milk Chocolate Chips so my version of the Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies were not truly Vegan…..always the wise guy.

Enjoy this Recipe ~ add semi-sweet chocolate chips for a Vegan version, if desired!

Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

original recipe thru ~ Ashley Manila


  • 1/2 Cup Solid Coconut Oil (not melted)
  • 3/4 Cup Dark Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tbsp Unsulphured Molasses
  • 2 tbsp Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • 1/3 Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Pumpkin Spice (I used Cinnamon)
  • 1 1/2 Cups Chocolate Chip (I used Wilbur Milk Chocolate)


  • Mix all ingredients in a Stand Mixer, beginning with wet ingredients and slowly add dry ingredients.
  • Preheat Oven 375 Degrees
    Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, drop cookies onto baking sheet and bake for approximately 7 minutes. Check for doneness, oven time may vary.

When I made the multiple Pumpkin Serving Dishes ~ I was asked if the Cookies came with it….and there I was baking more Cookies.

Always the pleaser, lol.

I hope you’re inspired to shop inexpensively with creative eyes…..see things differently. Turn a Dollar Store item into a Pottery Barn-Like Classic with a few creative changes.

Really, who’s gonna know.

Seeing things for not what they are, but what they can be.

All things Creative thru the eyes of Classic Amy Joanne, always all things Art & Home.



3 thoughts on “Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Pumpkin Serving Dish

  1. You certainly are creative! I don’t think I would have thought of that. Of course, I’m not a fan of Quickwood; but your Pottery Barn version is adorable! Cookies sound amazing too!

    1. they are perfect now, lol 🙂

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