For Pumpkin Cookies: Preheat oven to
325 degrees F (165 degrees C) and place oven rack in the center of the oven.
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
a large bowl, sift or whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground
cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cloves, and salt.
In the bowl of
your electric mixer, or with a hand
mixer, beat the eggs and sugar until light and smooth (about 2 minutes). Beat in the
oil, vanilla extract, and
pumpkin puree. Add the flour mixture and beat just until incorporated. Using 1/4
cup of batter (can use a small ice cream scoop or measuring cup) place small
mounds of batter onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches (5 cm)
about 15 - 18 minutes or
until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cookie comes out clean.
Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
Place small dollops of the frosting on each cookie or put the frosting in a
piping bag, fitted with a small plain tip, and pipe swirls of frosting on the
top of each cookie. Store frosted cookies in the refrigerator.
Frosting: Beat the
cream cheese and butter until soft and creamy. Beat in the confectioners' sugar
and vanilla until the frosting is soft and creamy and of spreading
Makes about 18
Big Fat Cookies. Chronicle Books. San Francisco: 2005.
Ojakangas, Beatrice. The
Great Holiday Baking Book. University of Minnesota Press. Minneapolis: 1994.
2 cups (260 grams) all purpose
1 1/4 teaspoons baking
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground
1/4 teaspoons ground
1/8 teaspoon ground
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups (260
grams) light brown
1/2 cup (120
ml) canola oil or corn oil (or other flavorless oil)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup (215 grams) pumpkin puree
(115 grams) room temperature cream cheese, regular or low fat
tablespoons (30 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup (60
grams) confectioners' (powdered or icing) sugar
teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instead of frosting the cookies, you could add to the batter either 1 cup
of chopped nuts or 1 cup of chocolate chips.