Cake-like cookies made with pumpkin and fall spices.
Have you ever done Zumba? I know the trends been around for a few years, but I went to a zumba class for the first time on Tuesday. If you don’t know what it is, it’s a form of aerobic exercise based on African dance. Basically, it’s a hip- swinging, punch throwing, more dance-y badass version of aerobics. The plus? A total body workout- not only were our arms and legs worked, but we even did an entire song of ab workouts.
That really doesn’t have a lot to do with these cookies; I just really enjoy Zumba. See, when you start food blogging, you have to start exercising more because you suddenly start eating more. (n the name of “research” and “quality control,” of course.)
Back to these cookies! Pumpkin spice is a classic fall flavor, which I fell in love with as soon as I was introduced to pumpkin spice lattes. With my love for cookies, a pumpkin spice cookie was inevitable. To make them, I used pumpkin pie spice, which is a combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice. If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice in your area, use an equivalent amount of each of those.
These are made with melted butter, meaning that you don’t have to pull out a stand mixer and come together in one bowl- which is convenient for those of us who do baking in small spaces with limited materials. The dough does require some chilling- at least 1-2 hours and even a day. This does a few things: It helps the dough come together and makes it easier to work with, and also helps the flavors become nice and friendly to each other. I baked the majority of the cookies after chilling for around 1.5 hours. They were good, and you could definitely taste all the flavors, but I baked a few cookies a day or so later. These cookies… man oh man. They had a much more pronounced spice flavor than the cookies that were not chilled as long. I also found that they were softer and chewier, and less cake-y than the first batch.
They’ll bake for 7-10 minutes; I found that 8 was the perfect time for my cookies. The 7 minute ones were a little too underdone, even when left out to sit and finish baking on the sheet. The 9-10 ones were a bit overdone, but much better than the 7’s. The 8 minutes were perfect- soft, chewy, cinnamon-y and pumpkin-y. These were also the ones that were chilled longer. They will look underdone when they come out of the oven, but will set up and continue to bake on the sheet- move them to a wire wrack when the middles look “done.” (not jiggly or gooey.)
But no matter how soon you bake them, they’re going to be fantastic. If you don’t have the patience to chill the dough, feel free to bake them as bars, increasing the baking time. Moral of the story? Buy a can of pumpkin, and make these cookies stat!
- ¾ Cup Butter, melted.
- ½ Cup Pumpkin Puree
- ½ Cup granulated sugar
- 1 Cup brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- ¾ Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 2 Cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- Mix together butter, pumpkin, and sugars. Mix in eggs, one at a time.
- Add spice, flour, and baking soda.
- Let chill for 2-24 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350˚F.
- Drop 2 tablespoons sized mounds onto baking sheets.
- Bake for 7-10 minutes, until edges are fully baked and golden brown. Cookies will look underdone, but will continue to bake as they cool. Let cookies sit for 5-10 minutes before transferring to wire wrack.
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