Hey everybody! After a long hiatus, it’s good to be back to food blogging. I’ve missed sharing my haphazard food experiments with you all, and hope to have many more to share now that I’m here again.
I was on the phone with a friend recently, and he was feeling down, so I offered to make and send him some cookies to cheer him up. I’m not sure he believed I’d actually do it – and it’s not been weeks since I made the offer – but today I finally buckled down to looking for something to make.
I didn’t have much in my kitchen this afternoon, so I looked up easy cookie recipes, and found this one on AllRecipes for Easy Sugar Cookies.
As usual, though, I couldn’t just leave this recipe as it was. The other day I had made a big batch of pumpkin puree, planning to do some sort of pumpkin bread or pumpkin pie, so I decided to use a bit of that and some pumpkin spice to “spice” up these cookies.
Anyway, I think these cookies turned out pretty well all-in-all. The flavor of pumpkin doesn’t overwhelm, but adds a touch of moistness that makes these cookies a delight to bite into. Plus, they’re easy to prepare, and take just 10 minutes to bake.
Easy Pumpkin Sugar Cookies
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 10 min
Servings: Makes 24 cookies
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup turbinado sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (link to pumpkin puree directions on EE?)
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a small bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spice.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. (I used a hand mixer.) Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the flour mixture, then stir in pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice until combined.
- Place heaping tablespoons of dough onto ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake 10-12 minutes in a preheated oven, or until golden. I removed them immediately and allowed to cool on a plate.
I sent half the cookies to my friend, and took half over to Occupy Bloomington at People’s Park. A guy there tried one and gave me a high-five, so I guess they turned out okay! I figure the people occupying are probably more in need of staples than sweets, but maybe nobody’s donating treats, and everybody needs something special once in awhile.