September 8, 2012

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice!

Exactly 2 weeks until the first day of Fall! Though as you will soon clearly see--I'm not above celebrating anything a little early. I fully embrace being that friend who is non-stop blabbering about Fall this, Fall that, sweatshirts, boots, and pumpkin spice lattes!
...which I've enjoyed my fair share of in the past 3 weeks that it has been available. Can you tell I'm a little obsessed?

So today we will continue this pre-celebration as I bring to you Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles! But to do any baking you need to first have the Keurig brew yourself a hot cup of joe.
Wow...2 pics of coffee in a row. Sorry, I'm not sorry.

Enough of the waiting. Here's how you can get your Autumn on in the format of delicious cookies! These soft and sweet cookies have an almost cake like consistency and are the perfect desert for a crisp Fall day.
Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles
yields: 3 dozen 
  • 1 c. butter
  • 1 c. sugar
  • ½ c. light brown sugar
  • ¾ c. pumpkin purée
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 c. flour
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar*
  • 1 tsp. baking soda*
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
for rolling:
  • ½ c. sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Preheat oven to 350༠. Cream together butter and sugars. Stir in pumpkin purée, then add in the eggs and blend well. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients. (*You can substitute 1½ tsp. baking powder for cream of tartar and baking soda.) On a low speed, gradually combine dry ingredients with pumpkin mixture until fully incorporated. 

Here's where I have 2 different methods of baking for you.

For cookies:
I highly recommend chilling the dough before rolling. The dough is more like batter and sticky to work with. I would chill it for about an hour or so. Then take your dough and form 1in balls, roll in cinnamon, pumpkin spice, sugar mixture, and place on baking sheet. bake for 12-14 minutes.

For blondies/cookie bars:
This method I haven't personally tried, but I'm thinking that because of the consistency and lightness of the cookie, you could bake it all in a pan similar to brownies. And there's no need to chill so you'll be finished much quicker. Pour the dough into a 9x13 pan and sprinkle top with cinnamon, pumpkin spice, sugar mixture, and place in oven. Adjust baking time. My guess--20-25 minutes.

And the end product? 

This pumpkin lovin' girl approves! And so did the family Smileys 

What's your favorite way to bake with pumpkin?

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