Thursday, November 3, 2011

Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon Icing

Autumn! Don't you just love that word? Saying the word "autumn" automatically brings to mind images of multi-colored leaves and hot chocolate. Well, and pumpkin! If you follow other food blogs, you will have noticed the serious plethora of pumpkin related recipes over the last couple of weeks, and now I am joining the crowd. I found this recipe on For the Love of Cooking and they just seemed so different from your average pumpkin cookies, that I had to try them out. I'm so grateful that I did!
Here it goes!

Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon Icing
Thank you For the Love of Cooking

2 Cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 Cup Softened Butter
1 1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Pumpkin
1 Egg
1 tsp Vanilla

Got everything? Good! Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
We're going to add the first 5 ingredients to a medium mixing bowl. First the all-purpose flour!
Then dump in the whole wheat stuff.
Baking soda, powder, and salt!
Mix it all up! I like to use a whisk. I don't know why. :)
In your fancy shmancy mixer, toss in your softened butter.
Slowly pour in the sugar. Oh, the sugar!
Go ahead and add in the pumpkin pie spice now.  Don't have pumpkin pie spice? I list how to make your own in this post.
Now cream it all together!
When it looks something like this, you can move on. . .
Add your pumpkin.
Then some vanilla.
And your egg. Check out my single hand egg crack!
Mix that all up until it looks good.
Than start adding your flour mixture!
Just make sure to add it slowly. That way flour doesn't fly out the sides of the bowl and get everywhere. I wouldn't know ;)
Mix that all up until it's creamy and smooth.
Here comes the fun part! You just grab a spoon, and plop some of the dough right down onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Go ahead and use your fingers to scrape all the excess of the spoon. Baking isn't fun if you don't get a little messy!
Here they are! They don't need to be perfect.
Put them in the oven for 15 minutes and they will come out beautiful looking, like this!
Cool em off on a wire rack. In the meantime. . .
. . . make the icing! Now, the icing isn't totally necessary. These cookies are great on their own. However, you have an opportunity here to add even more sugar to these things. Are you going to take advantage of that?!
Good. You'll need:
2 Cups Powdered Sugar
About 1/4 Cup Milk
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Melted Butter
We're going to just dump everything into a little bowl! There goes the milk and butter!
Cinnamon and vanilla!
Powdered sugar!!!
Whisk it all up. I seem to have forgotten to take a picture of everything completely mixed together.
Go ahead and pour the icing over the cookies! (You might want to make sure you have something underneath your cooling racks- wax paper or something.)
Just had to include this. Check out that sweet drip-in-action in the top left corner!

Extra notes: Like I said, you don't really need the icing. It does add a nice little extra layer of flavor though. With the size of my cookies (I like them on the large side), this recipe made about 18-19 cookies.

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