I have to admit, I used to despise "all things pumpkin". I don't drink coffee and I hate pumpkin pie. When August would roll around and all of the 'PSL coming soon' mayhem would start, I just rolled my eyes, politely turning down any requests to try pumpkin flavored x, y, or z.
Fast forward to 2017 and I am here to tell you friends that I love pumpkin! I still hate pumpkin pie, don't get me wrong, but all other pumpkin things are amazing! Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea (yep), pumpkin muffin (uh-huh), pumpkin bread, scone, and oreos---(yes, yes, and yep).
I was going to make my homemade, whipped, pumpkin butter today but I didn't have any bread and wasn't really interested in a bread making adventure. After searching around for ideas, I landed on pumpkin cookies and these my friends are amazing. I may have eaten seven of these today, maybe.
For the cookies:
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- (you can substitute 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice for the nutmeg and cloves if you prefer )
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 stick softened unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
For the icing:
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- A sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon if you don't have it
- 1 + tsp milk
Take the butter out to soften (I always forget this!) and preheat the oven to 350*.
In a small bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, & cloves. Whisk to combine and then set aside.
In a mixer, cream butter and sugar together until creamy. Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla, mix until well blended. Add in dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
Using a spoon or scoop, drop by the tablespoon onto a cookie sheet or baking stone. Grease the bottom of a measuring cup and press to flatten cookie a bit. Bake for 14-16 minutes, until done but not dry.
Once cooled, make the icing by mixing all ingredients until well combined. You want a consistency that will be easy to drizzle. If the mixture is too dry, add a little milk. (If it's too wet, add more sugar) Stir again to combine. Keep adding small amounts of milk until the consistency is reached. Pour icing into a piping bag or ziploc bag to pipe onto cookies. You could also just drizzle with a spoon but I like the look using a bag plus the icing doesn't harden if you are waiting for another batch to bake. Drizzle over cookies and let icing dry before enjoying!
I hope you enjoy these and share with friends. I can't wait to make these for Thanksgiving! (side note, your house will smell so good!!) Let me know if you try the recipe or share on Instagram and tag me so I can see!!
Happy Monday friends!