I was recruited last minute to go and cheer for a a couple of my friends at their 10-miler race last weekend. I had been on cheerleading duty the year before with one of the girl’s who’s running this year. She was thoughtful enough to have baked up treats for the runner last year, and obviously wouldn’t be able to do that again this year since she’ll be in the race herself. I thought I’d carry the torch on, but it was already in the middle of the night when I decided that I’d bake something sweet. The only ingredients I had on hand was flour, sugar, brown sugar, butter and some pumpkin puree from another recipe I just made earlier in the day. The obvious answer that would marry all those ingredients together perfectly was… Pumpkin Cookies!
This is a pretty special treat even for myself. We actually get these at work, but only during the month of October every year. So to be able to crack the code on Pumpkin Cookies, and to now have the power to make them myself, and gobble them up whenever and however many to my heart’s content, well, that’s pretty awesome 🙂
We actually have another Pumpkin Spice Cookie version that uses our refrigerated cookie dough, but if you’re a die-hard scratch baker, and is just as mesmerized by the idea of making something completely from scratch, well, this would be just the recipe you’re looking for!
You Will Need:
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
¾ cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup (from 15-oz can) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
2 ¼ cups Immaculate Baking Co.™ Organic All-Purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
Browned Butter Frosting
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 to 4 tablespoons milk
1/3 cup butter (do not use margarine or spread; it will burn)
Here’s How to Start Bakin’:
- Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, beat granulated sugar, brown sugar, 3/4 cup butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until well blended. Beat in pumpkin and eggs until well mixed. On low speed, beat in flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
- On ungreased cookie sheets, drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls.
- Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until almost no indentation remains when touched in center. Immediately remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 45 minutes.
- In medium bowl, place powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 3 tablespoons milk. In 1-quart saucepan, heat 1/3 cup butter over medium heat, stirring constantly, just until light brown.
- Pour browned butter over powdered sugar mixture. Beat on low speed about 1 minute or until smooth. Gradually add just enough of the remaining 1 tablespoon milk to make frosting creamy and spreadable. Generously frost cooled cookies.