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October 11, 2016

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies

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‘Tis the season for pumpkin spiced everything! These flavorful Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies make the perfect seasonal sweet! This cookie dough, which features pumpkin puree, is soft baked and perfectly spiced. Seasoned with cinnamon, ground ginger and allspice, the delicious pumpkin flavor of these cookies sings. Treat guests to two options of frostings – brown butter and traditional – and these cookies are sure to fly off the table this fall.

'Tis the season for pumpkin spiced everything! These flavorful Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies make the perfect seasonal sweet! This cookie dough, which features pumpkin puree, is soft baked and perfectly spiced. Seasoned with cinnamon, ground ginger and allspice, the delicious pumpkin flavor of these cookies sings. Treat guests to two options of frostings - brown butter and traditional - and these cookies are sure to fly off the table this fall.

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If you live in Denton, Tex. and stopped by the brand new Sprouts Farmers Market last Tuesday, there’s a chance you met me and got to decorate some of these cookies for yourself and your family.

I was invited to share a pumpkin-flavored treat with Sprouts’ guests. Instead of going a savory route, I decided that cookies would be fun… especially since we could set up my table to invite people to decorate their own.

And so I made Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies.

‘Tis the season, right?

'Tis the season for pumpkin spiced everything! These flavorful Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies make the perfect seasonal sweet! This cookie dough, which features pumpkin puree, is soft baked and perfectly spiced. Seasoned with cinnamon, ground ginger and allspice, the delicious pumpkin flavor of these cookies sings. Treat guests to two options of frostings - brown butter and traditional - and these cookies are sure to fly off the table this fall.
Needless to say, we had a lovely time!

I have never had the opportunity to feed people outside of my own house, so being invited to a store’s grand opening to feed the store’s guests? It was an honor and an adventure… and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t stressed because HOLY COW, who bakes 140 cookies in their 1950’s oven in the span of one evening? But once I arrived and set up my table, it was all smooth sailing.

I met so many lovely people who were excited about this new grocery store opening its doors in their neighborhood. And I got the chance to share my love of baked goods and cooking with them as they decorated their cookies.

If you ask me, that’s not a bad way to spend a Tuesday night.
'Tis the season for pumpkin spiced everything! These flavorful Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies make the perfect seasonal sweet! This cookie dough, which features pumpkin puree, is soft baked and perfectly spiced. Seasoned with cinnamon, ground ginger and allspice, the delicious pumpkin flavor of these cookies sings. Treat guests to two options of frostings - brown butter and traditional - and these cookies are sure to fly off the table this fall.

When I was developing this recipe, I wanted to see if I could incorporate pumpkin puree into it.

I didn’t want these sugar cookies to be like so many pumpkin spiced products on the market… and after a few failed test doughs, I figured out a way to include the pumpkin!

'Tis the season for pumpkin spiced everything! These flavorful Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies make the perfect seasonal sweet! This cookie dough, which features pumpkin puree, is soft baked and perfectly spiced. Seasoned with cinnamon, ground ginger and allspice, the delicious pumpkin flavor of these cookies sings. Treat guests to two options of frostings - brown butter and traditional - and these cookies are sure to fly off the table this fall.
I used to think I hated pumpkin.

Yes, I was totally that person.

I didn’t want to be her, but it just kind of happened… and then one day, I realized my dislike for pumpkin-flavored everything was actually because I dislike nutmeg. So this recipe (and every pumpkin recipe of mine) calls for no nutmeg.

However, if you’re a nutmeg fan, feel free to throw some into the dough with the other spices. I’m sure half a teaspoon would work just fine here.

'Tis the season for pumpkin spiced everything! These flavorful Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies make the perfect seasonal sweet! This cookie dough, which features pumpkin puree, is soft baked and perfectly spiced. Seasoned with cinnamon, ground ginger and allspice, the delicious pumpkin flavor of these cookies sings. Treat guests to two options of frostings - brown butter and traditional - and these cookies are sure to fly off the table this fall.
These cookies, like all sugar cookies, are great for kids and adults.

Set the cookies on a platter or a display, and let your friends and family choose their cookie and decorate.

Set out ramekins or bowls holding sprinkles, nuts, chocolate chips, colored sugar and more for decorating.

Then let your guests have a blast decorating their cookies as they see fit. (Me personally? I love the ones with multiple eyes.)

'Tis the season for pumpkin spiced everything! These flavorful Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies make the perfect seasonal sweet! This cookie dough, which features pumpkin puree, is soft baked and perfectly spiced. Seasoned with cinnamon, ground ginger and allspice, the delicious pumpkin flavor of these cookies sings. Treat guests to two options of frostings - brown butter and traditional - and these cookies are sure to fly off the table this fall.

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'Tis the season for pumpkin spiced everything! These flavorful Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies make the perfect seasonal sweet! This cookie dough, which features pumpkin puree, is soft baked and perfectly spiced. Seasoned with cinnamon, ground ginger and allspice, the delicious pumpkin flavor of these cookies sings. Treat guests to two options of frostings - brown butter and traditional - and these cookies are sure to fly off the table this fall.

Now who’s ready to bake some cookies?

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies
Yield: 36 cookies

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Chilling Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 22 minutes

'Tis the season for pumpkin spiced everything! These flavorful Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies make the perfect seasonal sweet! This cookie dough, which features pumpkin puree, is soft baked and perfectly spiced. Seasoned with cinnamon, ground ginger and allspice, the delicious pumpkin flavor of these cookies sings. Treat guests to two options of frostings - brown butter and traditional - and these cookies are sure to fly off the table this fall.

Ingredients

Sugar Cookies

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¾ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Brown Butter Frosting

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk (plus an additional splash if frosting too thick)

Traditional Sugar Cookie Frosting

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk, (plus an additional splash if frosting too thick)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Orange food coloring, optional

Instructions

Make the Sugar Cookies

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer using the cookie beater attachment, cream the softened butter and sugar until smooth and light yellow.
  2. Measure in the egg, the vanilla and the pumpkin. Beat slowly, occasionally scraping the sides, until the wet ingredients are incorporated.
  3. Sift the the dry ingredients – flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, allspice and salt – into another bowl. Whisk together, and set aside.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl containing the wet ingredients, and turn on the stand mixer. Let it run on a low speed until the ingredients start incorporating, then turn it up, beating until the batter is combined. Turn off the stand mixer, and set the bowl aside.
  5. Stretch a sheet of plastic wrap over the countertop. This will be what the sugar cookies chill in, so make sure it’s long enough. (I like to use two strips of plastic wrap in the shape of a + to make this the most efficient.)
  6. Transfer the dough to the plastic wrap, and press it down until it’s in a round. Wrap, then transfer to the refrigerator, letting cool for at least two hours.

Make the Brown Butter Frosting

  1. Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat.
  2. Place the butter in the bottom of the pan. Let it melt.
  3. Moving the pan over the heat constantly, allow the butter to begin browning. When the flecks of brown become more prominent in the melted butter, remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, measure out the powdered sugar.
  5. Pour the browned butter on top of the powdered sugar. Add the milk.
  6. Using a hand mixer, beat the frosting until its smooth. Add more milk if the frosting is too thick.
  7. When the frosting reaches the desired consistency, cover with plastic wrap, and set aside. If making in advance, cover with plastic wrap and transfer to the refrigerator. (If you do this, please know that you’ll have to let the frosting come back to room temperature before it can be spread on the cookies. You also might have to add more milk.)

Make the Traditional Sugar Cookie Frosting

  1. In a microwave-safe large bowl, melt the butter.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, milk and salt to the butter bowl.
  3. Using a hand mixer, beat the frosting until its smooth. Add more milk if the frosting is too thick.
  4. If coloring the frosting, add the food coloring now. (I added several dabs of orange to mine to get this brilliant orange color.)
  5. When the frosting reaches the desired consistency and color, cover with plastic wrap, and set aside. If making in advance, cover with plastic wrap and transfer to the refrigerator. (If you do this, please know that you’ll have to let the frosting come back to room temperature before it can be spread on the cookies. You also might have to add more milk.)

Bake the cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or a baking mat. Set aside.
  2. When the dough has chilled, remove from the refrigerator.
  3. Sprinkle a layer of flour over a flat surface. Flour the rolling pin, too.
  4. Place the dough round in the center of the floured surface. Sprinkle a little flour on top of it.
  5. Roll the chilled dough until it’s about 1/3” thick.
  6. Using a cookie cutter, shape the cookies, and transfer to the prepared baking sheets.
  7. Repeat this process, balling the dough, then re-rolling the dough when necessary, until all of the cookies have been cut.
  8. Transfer the baking sheets into the preheated oven.
  9. Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until the cookies have browned slightly on top.
  10. Remove from the oven, and place on a cooling rack.

Frost the cookies

  1. When the cookies have cooled completely, frost them with the brown butter and/or traditional frosting.
  2. Decorate with various sprinkles, nuts, etc.
  3. Enjoy!

Notes

The number of cookies will vary, based on how thick the dough is rolled and how large the cookie cutters used are.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36 cookies

Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 169 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 20mg Sodium: 69mg Carbohydrates: 28g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 20g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

 'Tis the season for pumpkin spiced everything! These flavorful Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies make the perfect seasonal sweet! This cookie dough, which features pumpkin puree, is soft baked and perfectly spiced. Seasoned with cinnamon, ground ginger and allspice, the delicious pumpkin flavor of these cookies sings. Treat guests to two options of frostings - brown butter and traditional - and these cookies are sure to fly off the table this fall.

How do you feel about pumpkin-flavored treats?

20 Comments

  1. Kristyn

    These look amazing! I love pumpkin everything, and I definitely need to buy some cookie cutters. We are hosting Thanksgiving this year, and I think baking cookies might be fun for the kids. Setting up a station like you had might be the way to go. Love these!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Kristyn! You need to grab some cookie cutters to make these at Thanksgiving. The kids and adults both would LOVE these.

  2. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

    Look how cute all of these are! Congrats on a successful event!

    • Erin

      Thank you so much! We had so much fun!

  3. Sabrina

    I love pumpkin spice this time of year! These look delicious!

    • Erin

      Pumpkin spice is the flavor of fall. 🙂 Thank you! They’re quite tasty.

  4. Trish - Mom On Timeout

    Love how you decorated all of these cookies! What a yummy fall treat!

    • Erin

      Thank you! I’ll pass the compliments along to my mom – she did the majority of these, and hers are so much more put together than mine! 😉

  5. Brandy | Nutmeg Nanny

    Oh my gosh! These are so cute! They surely would NOT last long in my house!

    • Erin

      Thank you! These certainly didn’t last long at our house, haha. If you try them, I hope everyone enjoys them.

  6. Megan | Allergy Free Alaska

    What a great idea to add pumpkin to a sugar cookie! I love it! I can’t wait to try these!

    • Erin

      It took a few takes to get the pumpkin right, but it makes me so happy! I hope you and yours enjoy these as much as we did.

  7. Marian Schembari

    I saw this recipe this morning and just HAD to make them. They are PERFECTION. So so so good.

    • Erin

      YAY!!! Enjoy, sweet friend! <3

  8. Catalina @ Peas & Peonies

    Wow! These cookies not only look delicious, but it can be a wonderful idea to do something tasty with my children. Thanks

    • Erin

      Aww, thank you so much! I think this would be so much fun to make with kids, and I look forward to being able to make sugar cookies with my daughter in the future. 🙂 Enjoy!

  9. Angie | Big Bear's Wife

    I love these little cookies. Those little eye are awesome!

    • Erin

      Thank you! Those eyes make me SO happy, so I’m glad you loved them, too!

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