Friday, November 5, 2010

The Best Cookies

This is the third time I've posted this recipe from my friend Cindy since I started my blog in 2008 (once each fall). If you haven't tried these cookies yet, you have to stop everything and make them now! They have a delicate texture and perfectly spiced flavor. If you think you don't like pumpkin, these will change your mind. The recipe is super easy, especially my microwave method for making the frosting. There are no excuses for not making them. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Spice Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup pumpkin
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
Brown Sugar Frosting

1. Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in pumpkin (mixture will look slightly curdled); beat in egg and vanilla.
2. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended.
3. Bake at 350° for 9 minutes. Cool on pans 10 minutes; remove to wire racks, and spread Brown Sugar Frosting over tops of warm cookies.

Brown Sugar Frosting:
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp. butter
4 tsp. milk
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla

1. Combine brown sugar and next 2 ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 45 seconds or until butter is melted. Stir mixture; microwave for 45 more seconds or until brown sugar is dissolved. Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla. Use immediately.

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