Today’s Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Cookies

PUMPKIN SPICE & CREAM CHEESE COOKIES
PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES
MAKES: 45 COOKIES

Cookies
1    cardamom pod
2    cups flour
¼   t baking powder
½   t baking soda
½   t salt
1    t ground ginger
5    ozs cream cheese, softened
1½ cups pumpkin purée
1    cup brown sugar
2    eggs

Icing
¼   cup pumpkin purée
3    ozs cream cheese, softened
1    t hazelnut extract
¾   cup powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Remove the seeds from the cardamom pod and discard pod. Pulverize the seeds using a mortar and pestle.
2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cardamom, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ginger. Set aside.
3. In another medium bowl, combine cream cheese, pumpkin and brown sugar using a hand mixer. Add eggs and blend.
4. Pour in the flour mixture and mix well.
5. Drop cookies 1 T at a time onto ungreased cookie sheets (a cookie scoop is a huge time-saver!). Bake cookies for 10 minutes and immediately transfer to a cooling rack.
6. For the icing, whisk pumpkin, cream cheese, and hazelnut extract together in a small bowl. Add powdered sugar and whisk until combined. Spread icing over cooled cookies and enjoy!

Gather ingredients and preheat oven to 375°F.

Remove the seeds from 1 cardamom pod and discard pod.

Pulverize the seeds using a mortar and pestle.

In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups of flour, pulverized cardamom seeds, ¼ t of baking powder, ½ t of baking soda, ½ t of salt, and 1 t of ground ginger. Set aside.

Add 5 ozs softened cream cheese, 1½ cups of pumpkin purée, and 1 cup of brown sugar to another medium bowl.


Combine using a hand mixer.

Add 2 eggs.

Blend until smooth. Add flour mixture.

Blend until smooth. Drop cookies 1 T at a time onto an ungreased cookie sheet
(a cookie scoop is a huge time-saver!).

Bake cookies for 10 minutes and immediately transfer to a cooling rack. For the icing, add ¼ cup pumpkin purée and 3 ozs of softened cream cheese to a small bowl. Pour in 1 t of hazelnut extract.


Whisk together to combine.


Add ¾ cup of powdered sugar.


Whisk to combine.


Spread icing over cooled cookies and enjoy!

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