Cinnamon and spice makes everything nice… especially in a cookie! In this case, I’ll scratch the ‘nice’ and put ‘taste bud blowing’ in it’s place. As a die-hard pumpkin fan, I wish I could say the cookie was the star of this show… but it really is the cinnamon frosting. I had no idea how easy it was to make a glaze from scratch until I tried it first-hand today. I whipped it together in less than a minute, and that could mean BIG trouble because I can see myself making it and eating it by the spoonful. Seriously, it’s to die for. I think it’s going to become my go-to frosting for every cookie or cake I can conjure up. It’s so unexpected… so POW!… and it puts the icing on a very delicious fall dessert!
In college, my roommate’s mom made a killer spice cake. It was a repeated request for birthdays and visits. One bite of this cookie, and I was right back in our dorm room surrounded by lofts, computers, and a homemade spice cake for one celebration or another. It’s funny how food – or even an ingredient, for that matter – can trigger such rich memories. Even though the flavors of the cookie and the cake weren’t exactly the same, the cinnamon and the sweetness blanketed me with such treasured reminders of a happy and positive time in my life and the people who meant a lot to me.
It hit me with this recipe that sometimes food is more than just nourishment for the body… it’s nourishment for your soul, friendships, and relationships. And if you’re very lucky, you come across meals, or flavors, or dishes that leave a lasting imprint on your life’s story!
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon clove
1/2 teaspoon all spice
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 375
2. In a mixing bowl combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, clove, all spice
3. In separate mixing bowl whisk butter and sugars until creamy. Add egg and pumpkin puree and whisk until well mixed.
4. Slowly add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until doughy.
5. Drop rounded teaspoons of dough onto greased cookie sheet.
6. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
7. While the cookies are baking, prepare glaze by whisking confectioner’s sugar, milk vanilla, and cinnamon until smooth.
8. When cookies are done baking, put on wire rack and allow them to cool 10 minutes. Use a small spatula to glaze your cookies. The glaze will harden once left to sit on the cookies.
9. Challenge yourself to eat just one!
10 Fail the challenge on purpose!