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Monday, 10 October 2016

Frosted Pumpkin Spice Cookies



It's Autumn! And you know what that means, it's time for some Fall goodies - sugar and spice and everything nice for the Fall baking season and I'm starting it off with these oh-so-addictive Pumpkin Spice cookies!






Anything pumpkin is always good and these cookies are the type of cookies you can enjoy with or without frosting - the choice is yours. I made them both ways - but preferred them with frosting, a cinnamon cream cheese frosting to be exact! Yum, yum, yum!


As usual, I've altered the original recipe slightly - instead of using nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves separately as called for, I substituted all 3 with one ingredient - pumpkin spice, which contained all of these ingredients.





I piped my frosting on so it was a bit thicker but you can spread it on also if you like. I must say, these are the most addictive cookies I've ever made so far. 




They are cake-like in texture and there's something about them that makes you want to keep stuffing them in your mouth - so much so that I made another batch within a few hours of making the first. I've NEVER done that before!



Also, the recipe was so easy to follow, nothing too complicated or fussy - my kind of recipe! 



The dough, however, was a bit sticky and should be flattened a bit as it won't spread very much if at all. I flattened and twisted it at the same time giving it a sort of swirly look on top but you don't have to do this.








In the end, when it's all said and done, you have a batch of yummy, yummy goodness you can enjoy with a cup of tea or on its own.













Recipe

Frosted Pumpkin Spice Cookies
(Original Recipe(s): Iced Pumpkin Cookies)

Ingredients:
  • 2-1/2 cups FLOUR
  • 1 tsp. BAKING POWDER
  • 1 tsp. BAKING SODA
  • 2-3 tsp. PUMPKIN SPICE
  • 1 tsp. ground CINNAMON
  • 1/2 tsp. SALT
  • 1/2 cup BUTTER, softened
  • 1 cup white SUGAR
  • 1/2 cup brown SUGAR
  • 1 cup canned PUMPKIN PUREE**
  • 1 EGG
  • 1 tsp VANILLA EXTRACT

Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (175C). Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and pumpkin spice and set aside.
  2. Cream together in a medium bowl the butter and sugars. Add pumpkin puree, egg and 1 tsp. of vanilla to the butter mixture and blend until creamy.
  3. Mix in dry ingredients and then drop by the tablespoons onto cookie sheet. Flatten the cookie doughs, twirling/twisting them slightly so the spoon will release easier because the dough will be pretty sticky at this point.
  4. Bake for around 18-20 mins. *
  5. Cool, then frost cookies if desired with the icing recipe below, and you're done!
*These cookies will remain soft long after they're baked. They are best stored uncovered in a container!
** I used a 540 ml can of pumpkin puree to make two batches.


Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
(Original Recipe(s): Sprinkles Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting)
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup BUTTER
  • 1/2 tsp CINNAMON
  • 3-3/4 cups ICING SUGAR, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp VANILLA
  • MILK (add in 1 teaspoon increments at the end only if needed)

Instructions:
  1. Using your electric mixer, (with a flat beater), beat cream cheese, butter, and cinnamon on medium-low speed until smooth and creamy (approximately 2 or 3 minutes).
  2. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the icing sugar, beating until incorporated.
  3. Add the vanilla; beat just until mixed.
  4. Do not overbeat or the frosting will incorporate too much air. It should be creamy and dense like ice cream.
  5. Add milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, if frosting is not of a spreadable consistency.






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