Pumpkin Pecan Cookies - TastyPlanner.com
Chef: Kevin and Charla
Makes 24 cookies. These cookies are like little cakes–very yielding and soft, not too sweet except for the crunch of icing on top. I’ve included a few tips for the icing because I’ve messed it up so many times. It’s not hard, but just don’t make a bunch of substitutions. Did you hear that guys? It won’t turn out! You want something that spreads easily and then hardens up quickly to form a shiny glaze. And you can leave the nuts out, of course. If I’m making them for kids, I’ve often left them out (though my children like nuts, thank God).
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1 c. (2 cubes) unsalted butter, softened
1 c. sugar
1 c. canned pumpkin
2 c. flour
1 ts. baking soda
1 ts. cinnamon
1/2 ts. salt
1/2 ts. pumpkin pie spice (I used 1/2 ts. freshly ground nutmeg instead)
1 c. chopped pecans (+ more for garnish)
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
3 Tb. butter
4 ts. milk
1/2 ts. vanilla
1 c. sifted powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350.
In a mixer, combine butter, sugar, and pumpkin and mix until combined. The mixture will look lumpy. Add egg and mix well.
Sift dry ingredients together, then add with pecans to pumpkin mixture and mix until just combined, making sure to scrape down the bowl as you go.
Drop by tablespoons onto lightly oiled (or parchment-covered) cookie sheets and bake until barely golden, 10-12 minutes. You don’t want them squishy in the middle (like chocolate chip cookies) but you don’t want to overbake them, either.
Let the cookies cool for a couple minutes, then ice them when they are still warm (not hot, not cold).
In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter, and milk over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool a bit.
Whisk in powdered sugar until smooth.
With a knife or spreader, spread about a teaspoon of icing over each cookie. It should run down the sides a little bit, but not be runny. If you want to garnish with chopped pecans, do this right away while the icing is still warm, otherwise the nuts won’t stick. So I usually ice 2 or 3 cookies, sprinkle with nuts, then keep going.
If the icing stiffens up before you’ve had a chance to ice all the cookies, you can gently rewarm it on the stovetop for a minute or two so it’s spreadable again.
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