Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

Trick or treat! Today I dressed up as a scary monster:

Just joking, I wasn't really wearing a costume in the picture. Um, wait, that's not exactly what I meant! Actually, I went to a Beauticontrol party at my mother-in-law's house yesterday, and my sister-in-law Andrea snapped this photo while I was letting my detoxifying mask do its thing.

Before I left, Steve decided to whip up a batch of pumpkin cookies so I could bring them with me:

They looked yummy, all lined up like soldiers and ready for the glaze:

And they turned out even prettier when they were done:

The best part, of course, was taste-testing to make sure they were all right:

We think they turned out darn good, so I wanted to share the recipe with you:

Iced Pumpkin Cookies

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside. In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients.

Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Transfer to racks to cool.

To make glaze, combine confectioners' sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed to achieve proper consistency, and drizzle or spread onto cooled cookies.


Eve said...

this recipe looks yummy! I'll definitely bake it! thanks!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

Definitely going to try these! They sound yummy! In laws gave us a pumpkin, so I need to cook it and try these cookies with it.

Jackie Wamhoff said...

Let me know how they turn out, ladies. :-) Funny, Debbie...that reminds me of the time I was a kid and read one of the Little House books about how Ma Ingalls cut up a pumpkin and cooked it. I just had to try it myself. It wasn't easy trimming off that rind. I think I'd bake it first and scoop out the insides afterward IF I ever tried it again!

Marie O said... rock!! I love pumpkin so I will have to try this recipe. You are multi-talented, you create cards and bake. Boy are you lucky, Jackie!

Tex Gerard said...

You're such a good sport in front of the candid camera!! Way to go!
And whenever you get Mr. Steve to come along to Texas ... he's welcome to bring along those yummy cookies!! Yes indeed!


Cindy said...

Wow, even in a mask, you still look great, Jackie! :) Thank you both for this wonderful recipe. I made them yesterday and everyone loves them! I think I may need to make more today. Steve, keep these recipes coming please!