Recipe: Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel Frosting

MF Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin cookies are a cake-y, spicey, and a luscious tribute to everything great about autumn. I’ve never met someone who doesn’t like pumpkin cookies. (I hope I do someday. That will mean more pumpkin cookies for me!) This recipe is a classicwith a delicious twist—a thin layer of sweet caramel icing. The pumpkin, caramel, and spices come together for bite after bite of cookie joy, not to mention the occasional chocolate chip that pops up. Be careful with these, they may blow the top on your happiness ceiling. Make a batch today.

Pumpkin Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 15-ounce can pumpkin pureé
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, mix butter until light and fluffy. Add sugars and mix until smooth and creamy. Add in eggs, followed by vanilla and pumpkin. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining dry ingredients and stir well. Slowly add the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture until you have a light, fluffy batter. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips without over mixing. Drop rounded tablespoons on a prepared cookie sheet and bake for 12-14 minutes, or until the edge of cookies is golden brown. Remove to a cooling rack and ice with Caramel Frosting while barely warm.

Caramel Frosting

3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup brown sugar (dark brown sugar will produce a richer caramel flavor)
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar

Directions
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine butter, cream, and brown sugar. Stir occasionally until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat and cool in the refrigerator. Once cooled, whip powdered sugar in 1/2 cup at a time until frosting reaches desired consistency. Frost onto still-warm pumpkin cookies.

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2 responses to “Recipe: Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel Frosting

  1. Jennie w.

    These sound so good I have tears in my eyes.

  2. I was wishing to be able to like Jennie’s comment :D. Those do look dee-li-cious!

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