Friday, October 10, 2008

Pillowy Puffs of Pumpkiny Pleasure!

Pillowy puffs of pumpkin-y pleasure - as Jason told me, that's a lotta "P's." But that's just what these cookies are; little pieces of pumpkin-flavored heaven!

Pumpkin Cookies

2 1/2 c flour
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
2 t ground cinnamon
1/2 t ground nutmeg
1/2 t ground cloves
1/2 t salt
1/2 c butter (1 stick), softened
1 1/2 c sugar
1 c canned (or fresh) pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
1 egg
1 t vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt. Set aside.

Cream together the butter and sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla. Beat until creamy.

Add butter mixture to the flour mixture, and blend just until combined. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten slightly with a fork. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

I used some cream cheese frosting that I had leftover from last weekend's pumpkin cupcakes, and it works so well with these cookies. However, they're also every bit as good when not frosted - heck, they're even good with a spoonful of cool whip between two of them! YUM! I love fall, I adore October, and pumpkin is just way underused as far as I'm concerned. So far this week, I've made pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin cookies, and pumpkin pancakes. Tomorrow? Pumpkin bread! Muahahaha!!!

So, so yummy!!