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Frosted Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Nothing says "fall" like a spiced pumpkin cookie. Add a little cream cheese frosting, and you have yourself the ultimate fall treat!



With hints of cinnamon and traces of nutmeg, this perfectly soft cookie is guaranteed to be a hit at your next fall event. One of the key ingredients that make this dessert so soft is the extra amount of pumpkin the recipe calls for. Serve with a warm cup of hot apple cider for a complete fall dessert.





Frosted Pumpkin Spice Cookies

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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Yield: 3 dozen


PUMPKIN-SPICE COOKIES INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature

1 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin puree

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


CREAM CHEESE FROSTING INGREDIENTS

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups powdered sugar

1-2 tablespoons milk



DIRECTIONS

To make pumpkin-spice cookies:

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.


2. In a medium mixing bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.


3. In a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer, combine the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the pumpkin puree, egg, and vanilla. Beat together for another minute. With a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the mixture until combined.


4. Drop dough on cookie sheet with a cookie scoop or by the spoonful. The dough will be thick, so flatten it by slightly pressing the back of the spoon on the dropped dough. These cookies will rise slightly (not flatten), so shape them how you'd like before baking.


5. Bake for 15-20 minutes. The cookies should bounce back when touched. Cool the cookies completely on a wire rack. Once they are completely cooled, frost with the cream cheese frosting. Add an extra dash of pumpkin pie spice on top to garnish.


To make cream cheese frosting:

1. Using a hand-electric mixer, combine butter, vanilla, milk, and cream cheese until smooth. Add in the powdered sugar, one half-cup at a time until smooth. Add an additional tablespoon of milk if the frosting is too thick or more powdered sugar it is is too thin.



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