Thursday, December 3, 2015

Pumpkin Cookies

Hello to all of the visitors from the virtual cookie exchange blog hop!

My blog isn't much of a blog, just a place to post pictures of the cakes I make. Even though cakes are all over this site, my absolute favorite dessert is a cookie! Well, cookies... because who could eat just one?!

When my mom said she was going to host this blog hop, I knew I wanted to be a part of it! Too bad I don't get to taste all of the yummy creations everyone else has made without me actually doing some baking. I love to bake, but having five little monkey boys to take care of makes it a little more difficult to spend lots of time in the kitchen. {I have a sleeping baby on my chest as I type up this post...} I'm not complaining, though. I wouldn't trade baby snuggles or playing a game with my older boys for a lifetime supply of chocolate chip cookies!

Although chocolate chip cookies are my favorite, I didn't make them for this blog hop! I chose to make pumpkin cookies. Which made my husband happy, because these are his favorite!

And I know that fall and all-things-pumpkin season is technically over... BUT these cookies are good any time of the year. They are especially good the day after you make them and have kept them in an air tight container. They're even better after a few days (but having cookies sitting on the counter for more than two days doesn't happen very often in our house full of cookie monsters).

Also, there are no eggs in my recipe... I didn't forget them! I figured out that I could make my normal chocolate chip cookie recipe and replace the eggs with pumpkin puree and just add in some spices. I love that the texture is more like a cookie and not like a cookie shaped piece of cake like some other pumpkin cookie recipes. (I still like those cookies too!)

 I made both variations of the recipe: half the batch with chocolate chips, and the other half was left plain and sandwiched with frosting after baking.

Pumpkin Cookies

3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 cup butter (1 and 1/2 sticks)
1/4 cup shortening
1 cup white sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin purée
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine flour, soda, salt, and spices in a small bowl. Set aside.
Cream butter, shortening and sugars. Beat in pumpkin purée and vanilla.
Slowly add flour mixture, and stir until dough forms. 
Bake ping-pong sized dough balls for about 12-14 minutes. Leave on pan for 2 minutes before removing to cool completely on paper towels. 

- Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips with the flour mixture. OR
- Sandwich two cookies together with cream cheese buttercream frosting. 

Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

8 oz. package cream cheese
3/4 cup butter, softened
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
4-5 cups powdered sugar (taste for preferred sweetness)

Beat together cream cheese and butter in a stand mixer, add in salt and vanilla. Stir in powdered sugar a little at a time until desired sweetness. Mix on high for 2-3 minutes until light and creamy. 

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you get a chance to make these yummy cookies and the many others from this fun blog hop! Check them out!

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Carol said...

Why haven't you ever made these for me? Seriously, they look and sound delicious! Replacing the eggs with pumpkin purée is new to me, but what a great idea. Your cream cheese frosting recipe is the best and I could just eat it by itself. Thanks for sharing your recipe and for managing to play along with this cookie exchange while snuggling Monkey Baby. XO

SuperMomNoCape said...

Oh your pumpkin cookies sound yummy! We love all things pumpkin in this house, so I'll definitely be trying these. Thanks for sharing!

You're right though, baby snuggles and playing games is so much more important. They grow up way too fast!

Quilt Granny said...

Yummy. Love all the beautiful creations on your blog.

Carol said...

These cookies look delicious! I don't see why pumpkin cookies can't be made at times other than Thanksgiving... Thanks for sharing!

krislovesfabric said...

Yum, these look so good and your cakes look amazing! I like the pumpkin cakey cookies so I am curious to try your version to see the difference. So glad you shared, I really enjoy seeing pics on your mom's blog of your handsome little guys...what fun you must have!! I agree baby snuggles are the best!

Just Quilt It said...

I really love pumpkin cookies. I am looking forward to giving yours a try. You will have plenty of time to bake cookies with grandkids later--enjoy your boys while you can! Merry Christmas to you and to your family.

Createology said...

Thank you very much for sharing your recipes. Pumpkin is very smart and for a Weight Watcher like me is the perfect ingredient. This is such a fun way to enjoy cookies and hopping along. Creative Cookie Bliss...

Mary Ann said...

There is no set season for a good cookie! Can't wait to try these as we have a muffin recipe that uses pumpkin puree in place of "other stuff" (ingredients I can't remember right now LOL) Thanks for taking time to share.

Carla said...

I am so anxious to try your recipe. I may just start right now... Thank you!

Linda Loosli said...

I have got to try making these cookies, I am a frosting lover! I love the layered cookies, I have got to try those! said...

Your recipe looks great, and pumpkin anything is good. I have replaced things lately with applesauce (no sugar), and unsweetened crushed pineapple. How fortunate to have all the boys, they are so different than girls. Enjoy the turmoil, noise, and smell while they are young. They grow up much too fast.

Mary Callihan said...

Lin! You are the Monkey Boys mommy? Do you know how much we all love them out here in quiltland? All the warm wonderful posts from your mom about her quilts and her beloved Monkey Boys over the years! It was so super fun that you, your mom and your aunt all were together for this hop! I am from a family of five kids myself. Now, at 63, I love my sisters and my brother so much more even than when we were rowdy youngsters.
Your cookies and frosting look yummy, but oh my goodness, those cakes make me wish I lived closer. My son just became engaged!
Have a magical, marvelous holiday with your precious boys and family.....mary pat

Sugar Free Quilts said...

Pumpkin cookies at Christmas! How delicious it that!! I think I might make these year-round though! Thanks for a great recipe!

Theresa said...

Now those are cookies to make. Yummy! Thanks for sharing.