One of my favorite ways of welcoming guests is doing a little cooking, so last night when Hewitt let me know that he would be working a bit late, instead of making lemonade, I made pumpkin cookies with caramel icing. To welcome October.
My minor changes are to exchange whole cream for half and half and use 1 cup whole wheat flour (recommend King Arthur’s; it isn’t too whole grainy for baking) and 1 cup all-purpose flour instead of 2 cups all-purpose flower. In my mind, it’s the little changes that don’t sacrifice flavor that can keep us at least a little bit healthier in our indulgences. I also didn’t use the whole can of pumpkin – I probably used just over 3/4, though. I just didn’t want the flavor to be overwhelmingly like eating pumpkin.
I also added another 1/4 tsp of cinnamon because I love it, and I left out the ginger because I forgot to buy it.
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As I alluded to earlier, I don’t like pumpkin as much as I like thematic-recipes, so putting the canned pumpkin into the batter wasn’t my favorite step. However, after a little mixing, it started to look quite appetizing.
The cookies really held their shape and didn’t expand, so it’s easy to get a bunch of them on a single cookie sheet.
When they came out, our little apartment smelled just like fall. And maybe Thanksgiving.
The icing was a bit more complicated and was my first foray into caramelizing sugar. I’ve watched my mom do this with pure sugar in a cast iron skillet, and that is stressful. Thankfully, this was a bit easier, but I still had a rapid internal dialogue of “is this ‘just beginning’ to boil? Do I take it off the heat now?”
“How long do I let this cool? When do I add the powdered sugar?”
But it worked out. Quite well.
When Hewitt got home, we had a warm and festive feeling apartment and some delicious late night snacks.
I think I’ll make these again at Thanksgiving to share with our families. They definitely passed the taste test with Hewitt and my co-workers today, too!
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