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Pumpkin Cookies

By Staff Writer Camille Pierce

Graphics by Jasmine Matchawate

The air is crisp and chilly. Our yards are scattered with blankets of red and orange leaves. It is that time of year again; time to buy anything and everything pumpkin flavored. Many of us have tasted or at the very least heard of the infamous pumpkin spice latte but if you’re looking to spice up your fall diet, these soft pumpkin sugar cookies may be for you. Written and crafted by my cousin Ellen, this recipe provides an easy and delicious autumn treat. Making your own food can be very rewarding, and minimal skill is required to bake these cookies (even my friends and I could make them). 

These cookies are perfect for fans of a “mushy” cookie, with an overall soft texture more reminiscent of a chocolate chip cookie than one’s typical sugar cookie. However, simply baking the cookies for a longer time or making each cookie smaller will result in a crispy texture if soft cookies are not up your alley. One of my favorite aspects is their moderate sweetness. This recipe is certainly not sickly sweet. However, a dash of icing can add to its sugary factor. With a taste that will surely remind you of your favorite Bath and Body Works candle, these cookies incorporate an authentic festive flavor with pumpkin puree, ground cinnamon, and nutmeg. These cookies should certainly be a fall favorite for anyone with a sweet tooth.

See below for recipe.

Recipe:

Ingredients: 

  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (1 stick) of butter, softened
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease baking sheets
  2. Combine flour,baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in large bowl. Beat sugar, butter, pumpkin, egg and vanilla in large bowl with stand mixer. Gradually beat in flour mixture
  3. Bake for  10-14 minutes. Shorter cook time and larger cookies will result n a softer texture.