Tuesday, October 25, 2011

It's Official!

I'm announcing that it is officially fall! I know I hinted at it here, but, after a week of temperatures in the 70s, I'm going to ahead and make the official announcement...IT'S FALL!

I celebrated the change of seasons by...

becoming a redhead...                                                   drinking a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks...


                                                                               (Source)

covering some mini pumpkins in glitter...                        making these weird paper bag flower things...



(Yes, this was found on Pinterest...Here is the tutorial.)


AND by making some delicious pumpkin cookies!
 
They are bites of perfection.


Stop whatever you are doing and make these cookies to celebrate the change of seasons. Make sure you have 30 or so of your closest friends around as this recipe makes a lot of cookies.

Pumpkin Cookies
from Better Homes and Gardens
2 cups butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 15 ounce can pumpkin
4 cups all-purpose flour

Frosting
adapted from Better Homes and Gardens
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
Ground cinnamon 





Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, beat 2 cups butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Add eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla; beat until combined. Beat in pumpkin. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour.

Drop dough by heaping teaspoons 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until tops are set. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool.

Frosting: In a small saucepan, heat 1/2 cup butter and brown sugar until melted and smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla.  Beat in cream cheese. Beat in powdered sugar until smooth. Spread frosting on cookies or pipe on cookies.  Sprinkle with additional cinnamon. Makes about 50 cookies.

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