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Pumpkin spice cut out cookies on a granite countertop

Pumpkin Spice Cut Out Cookies


Ingredients

  • 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 TB cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter, cold and cut into cubes (6 oz)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree

Instructions

  1. Stir together the flour, baking powder and spices in one bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer or with an electric hand-held mixer, mix the butter and sugar until combined. Add in the egg, beat until incorporated. Finally add the vanilla and pumpkin puree and mix until well-blended.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the mixture in the stand mixer bowl in three stages– add a bit then slowly mix, add the next and mix then add the final amount and mix.
  4. Bring the dough into a round, flat circle and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Lightly flour a surface and roll out the dough to a 1/4 inch thickness. Using a cookie cutter cut shapes from the dough and gently place them on a baking sheet covered with parchment. Leave space between cookies (8 cookies per tray will be plenty).
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-13 minutes then remove and cool on a wire rack.

The icing

  1. I used this royal icing recipe which is also from Bake at 350. I did flavor it with 2 teaspoons of maple syrup rather then the light corn syrup listed in the original recipe. Orange gel food coloring brought these pumpkin to life and a small brown stem added character as well. I first iced the pumpkins in orange by lining the shape with a thin line of orange icing and filling it in with the same color. After about 30 minutes the icing was dry enough to add a second layer. I used the same color and added curved lines to enhance the pumpkin shape.
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