October 31, 2013

Great Pumpkin Cookies

With a hectic fall and only just getting over morning sickness, I just haven’t had the time to make any fall cookies {yet}.

So I thought I’d share this year’s version of a Halloween Classic, Great Pumpkin Cookies!! 

My boys felt very strongly about choosing pink and blue for their colors this year (maybe they’re thinking baby?)  And they had a blast decorating with Halloween colored sprinkles, bones (I think I found then at Michael’s last year), and eyeballs!

 Happy Halloween!!

Great Pumpkin Cookies
Inspired by Libby’s

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup pumpkin puree (canned pumpkin)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ginger
¼ tsp cloves
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup old fashioned oats

5 cups powdered sugar
¾ cup non-dairy creamer
2 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp salt
¼ - ½  cup water
Gel food coloring, if desired

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line several baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugars, mixing until light and fluffy.  Add the egg and mix well, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

Add the pumpkin, vanilla, spices and salt and mix until well combined.

Slowly add the baking powder, flour and oats, mixing until well combined.

Use a cookie scoop to drop generous tablespoonsful of batter at least 2 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheets.  

Bake the cookies for 20-25 minutes.  Move to wire racks and cool completely before frosting.

To make the frosting, place powdered sugar, non-dairy creamer, vanilla, salt, and half of the water in the bowl of a stand mixer.  Mix on low until combined.  Very slowly add additional water.  This frosting is very runny, even when it appears thick.  The ideal consistency is very thick, almost like peanut butter.  It will seem difficult to mix in color or spread, but trust me, it will run all over the place no matter how thick the frosting appears.  The nice part about this frosting is that it levels itself and leaves a smooth, glossy finish on every cookie! 

Finish the cookies with sprinkles, chocolate chips, raisins, or candy corns.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

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