Sunday, December 4, 2011

Soft Pumpkin Cookies Recipe



    Now I know this is not a Disney recipe, but I made these pumpkin cookies on Thanksgiving and they were a big hit. I've made two more batches since then because they were so highly requested. So I figured I'd share the recipe for these tasty cookies with you. Enjoy!


Soft Pumpkin Cookies

Ingredients:

2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 and 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
2 eggs
2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger plus 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg)
1/2 teaspoon salt


Directions:

   Preheat oven to 375°.

   Place sugar, brown sugar, butter and vanilla in large bowl and blend at medium speed with an electric mixer. Add in pumpkin and eggs then mix well, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Slowly add in flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Incorporate well until you have a sticky dough.

   Drop by heaping tablespoons onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake 10 - 12 minutes at 375° until golden brown in color. Remove from oven and let sit 5 minutes before moving to cooling racks. Let cool completely before drizzling cream cheese icing (recipe follows) on top.

   Place prepared icing in a gallon-size Ziploc bag and snip off the bottom corner (or use a pastry bag). Squeeze the bag while moving your arm in swift zig-zag motions as you drizzle the icing over the cooled cookies. Enjoy!!


Cream Cheese Icing:

Ingredients:

8 ounces of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 stick butter, softened to room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar
2-4 tablespoons milk

Directions:

   Place softened cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a large bowl and blend with an electric mixer until smooth. Slowly add in powdered sugar, one cup at a time, blending after each. After all of the powdered sugar has been added, thin out the frosting by adding the milk, one tablespoon at a time then mixing until the consistency you desire has been reached.




 


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