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Glazed Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Iced pumpkin spice cookies

(American cinnamon-scented baked treat)

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Fall is pumpkin season, and these pumpkin cookies are perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving or as a treat for raking up all those leaves. Enjoy their cake-like texture, subtle spice and sweet glaze with a cup of hot tea or some fresh apple cider.

Makes about 20 cookies

Ingredients

Cookies

  • Flour -- 2 1/2 cups
  • Baking powder -- 1 1/2 teaspoons
  • Baking soda -- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Ground cinnamon -- 2 teaspoons
  • Ground cloves -- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Ground nutmeg -- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt -- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Unsalted butter, room temperature -- 1/2 cup, or 8 tablespoons
  • Brown sugar -- 1 3/4 cups
  • Egg, beaten -- 1
  • Vanilla -- 1 teaspoon
  • Pumpkin puree -- 1 cup

Glaze

  • Powdered (confectioner's) sugar -- 2 cups
  • Milk -- 3 tablespoons
  • Vanilla -- 1 teaspoon
  • Ground cinnamon -- 1/2 teaspoon

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt together in a large bowl.
  2. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar on medium-high until the sugar is well mixed incorporated and the mixture is light and fluffy. Reduce mixer speed to medium and add the egg and vanilla. Then add the flour mixture and the pumpkin puree, a third of each at a time and alternating between the two.
  3. Drop 2 tablespoon portions of the cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. While the cookies are baking, mix the glaze ingredients together to form a smooth, pourable mixture.
  5. Remove the cookies from the oven and cool completely. Use a spoon to drizzle the glaze over the cookies to coat.

Pumpkin Cookie Variations

  • Stir 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or raisins to the dough after mixing in the flour and pumpkin.

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