Jenna, my neighbor, recently asked for a plate of pumpkin cookies when we were yakking about the next baking projects we were planning. Since this is her Homecoming Week at school, I figured I'd treat her and her family to a plate of these to top off an easy dinner. There's always a lot of running around when kids are in their teens. Both Jenna and her brother are members of the high school band, so this week is very busy for them as Spirit Rally, the Homecoming Parade, and the football game loom large.
There's enough sugar in these little babies to rev her engine for a while. Hope she likes them! They sure taste like Fall!
Pumpkin Pecan Cookies with Rummed Up Icing
Oven: 350° F - bake for 14-15 minutes
Makes: approx. 3 ½ dozen small cookies
Whisk together and set aside:
2 ½ c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. cloves
Whip til creamy:
½ c. softened butter
1 ½ c. sugar
Add and continue to whip:
1 c. pumpkin pulp
1 large egg
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tbsp. spiced rum (good old Captain Morgan!)
Mix the dry ingredients in by hand to make a gloppy cookie dough. At this point, you can add raisins or chocolate chips or nuts, if you like.
Grease cookie sheets.
Place slightly rounded teaspoonsful of dough on the cookie sheets and bake in the center of the preheated oven. Don’t over bake these cookies. They should be cake-y and moist …
Remove from the cookie sheets the minute you take them from the oven and let them cool on some foil. Cool and ice, placing a perfect pecan half in the center of the dollop of icing.
Rummed Up Icing with Pecans
Mix until smooth and creamy:
2 ¼ c. confectioner’s sugar
2 tbsp. melted butter
2 tsp. spiced rum
1 tsp. vanilla extract
As much cool milk as it takes to make a smooth, but spreadable icing
Pecan halves for the icing toppers