Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A Taste of Fall

Pumpkin Cranberry Cookies
These cookies are so moist and delicious! They are the perfect fall treat. 

Side Note: I've misplaced my USB camera cord, so I can't download all of the many photos I took while making these. This lovely picture (and the recipe) is from allrecipes.com.

A pillowy pumpkin cookie is loaded with tart cranberries, fresh orange zest and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. It's all in there and it's all so scrumptious! All the flavors really go well together. Don't change a thing! And please, please use FRESH cranberries! The cranberries give these cookies a nice tang that balances out the other flavors. The cranberries also give the cookies a pretty jeweled look. Dried cranberries just wouldn't be the same.

I dipped the tops of the cookies in a powdered sugar cinnamon glaze. The glaze took this from a tasty pumpkin cookie and turned it into a decadent treat!

Try them, you'll love them!
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Cranberry Pumpkin Cookies


1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 cup solid pack pumpkin puree
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon*
1 tablespoon orange zest
1/2 cup chopped walnuts**

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla, egg and pumpkin. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; stir into mixture until well blended. Cut the cranberries in half and stir into mixture along with the orange zest and walnuts. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets.
3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

* I always up the spices and add a pinch more cinnamon, freshly grated nutmeg, ground ginger and a pinch of cloves.

** You can add whatever nut you like. I left them out, but I 'm sure the cookies would be really good with them. Pecans would be tasty too. 

For the cinnamon glaze, I whisked together sifted powdered sugar, milk, cinnamon and nutmeg. You want the glaze to be thick so it will stick to the cookies and not run off too much.


shauna said...

Can't wait until tonight. I'll get the milk ready!

Jeff Simcox said...

These were fantastic!

Bake-A-Holic said...

Thanks for stopping by Jeff.

Glad you liked them!

shauna said...

I'll second that. They are fantastic!


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