Pumpkin Cookies with Maple Frosting

Pumpkin Cookies with Maple Frosting

Oh dear, oh my, oh goodness. Pumpkin everything is here so it just wouldn’t be Fall without these Pumpkin Cookies. This is a recipe adapted over the years from numerous sources but the main source being family. My husband grew up eating these melt in your mouth cookies and it wasn’t until college when we weren’t able to get our hands readily on this family treat that I started making them. It’s hard to compare but we think this tried and true recipe is pretty damn close.

I’m a huge proponent of sharing recipes, it was the main reason I started this blog. Recipes that are shared and passed around is the greatest gift we can give our family and friends. This is a fun one that I love to share with everyone during the holidays with little wrapped up pastry boxes with the recipe attached. Yes, I am one of those ladies that gives the gift of food during the holidays. It’s such a comfort to give little treats to everyone just to brighten a day.

This maple frosting is not just your average cream cheese frosting. We say this truly makes the cookie. You can make these as pretty or as simple as you see fit. There is no wrong way to frost a cookie. I think it’s very easy though to put all your frosting in a piping bag and decorate like a pΓ’tisserie would. I’ve tried to incorporate some helpful tips below to get you through it.

So if you haven’t noticed already this recipe contains butter. Don’t panic. This is a big recipe that’ll make about 4 dozen cookies so it’ll be okay. Just don’t make the mistake I did and run out of it and halfway through prep and have to run out to the store to get more. Oops. These cookies are truly melt in your mouth and the butter just makes it extra delicious. It wouldn’t be the holidays without butter.

Pumpkin Cookies with Maple Frosting

Pumpkin Cookies with Maple Frosting

8 November, 2015
: 4 dozen cookies
: 30 min
: 20 min
: 50 min
: Easy

These cookies just scream Fall comfort. A recipe adapted from family and a favorite from when my husband and I were kids. Yes, there is a lot of butter in these but it just wouldn't be the same without it. This recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies so share with your friends, family, coworkers and keep the gift of giving alive with these scrumptious little morsels during the holidays.

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Ingredients
  • 4 sticks {2 cups} Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 {15 ounce} can Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Nutmeg
  • 4 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 stick {1/2 cup} Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 {8 ounce} package Cream Cheese, softened
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Maple Extract
Directions
  • Step 1 Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Prep two baking sheet pans with parchment paper.
  • Step 2 In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat together butter, sugar and eggs on medium speed until fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and pumpkin puree. Beat together until combined. Add the baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg. Slowly add the flour 1 cup at a time while mixing. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill for 15 minutes.
  • Step 3 On prepared baking sheets, drop cookie dough by the tablespoon evenly spaced. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until cookies are set. Transfer cookies onto wire racks to cool and repeat the baking process until cookie dough is gone
  • Step 4 Beat together butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and maple extract until combined and fluffy. Frost cooled cookies.

Like Julia Child said, “Everything is moderation, including moderation.”

 

Pumpkin Cookies with Maple Frosting

Creaming together butter, sugar and eggs with a paddle attachment is the beginning to all good cookie dough. Scrap the bowl with a spatula every now and then.

Pumpkin Cookies with Maple Frosting

Stock up on your pumpkin puree, the holidays and pumpkin flavored everything is here.

I love using Libby’s for all my recipes.

Pumpkin Cookies with Maple Frosting

Add the pumpkin and watch the magic happen. It’s a gorgeous fall color of orange. This cookie dough is pretty wet so I like to chill it in the fridge for 15 minutes before baking just so it firms up slightly. Adjust your cooking time if you leave it in longer.

Pumpkin Cookies with Maple Frosting

I use a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop, makes things easier, quicker and a lot less messy.

Pumpkin Cookies with Maple Frosting

Bake for 12 – 15 minutes until cookies are set. I rotated two pans in the oven and worked in batches. Just make sure to let the pans cool slightly before scooping new cookies on the pans.

Pumpkin Cookies with Maple Frosting

I love making rosette patterns on cakes, cookies and cupcakes when frosting. It looks impressive but it’s really easy to do.

Using a star tip with a piping bag, sealable plastic bag or a piping container like seen above.

Apply even pressure and pipe starting in the center work in a counterclockwise direction and spiral out to the edges.Β When you reach the outside stop squeezing but continue to move the tip in a counterclockwise direction to complete the rosette.

Pumpkin Cookies with Maple Frosting

Practice makes perfect so don’t worry about the imperfect ones, I just say those are the tester ones. They all taste the same.

The end result are beautiful, delicious, and absolutely sinful pumpkin cookies.

Pumpkin Cookies with Maple Frosting

Savor and Enjoy!



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