Happy October!

Here’s some good news: I just looked at the weather forecast, and it looks like the cold, wet rain might be done by Tuesday, leaving us with a few days of sunshine late next week.  I can’t wait.  The market today was practically deserted when we were there – though that didn’t stop us from running into a couple of Galizios.  Plus, the warm greetings from Matt and Fabio and the pierogi-lady (whose name I should really learn) made the day brighter

I decided that if fall is here we might as well embrace it.  So out came the pumpkins and the Halloween decorations this afternoon.  I also decided that it was time to bake my favorite pumpkin cookies and share that recipe here.  The original source is the Fargo Forum newspaper, and I haven’t found anyone who doesn’t love the fall flavors.

The recipe is below.  Two comments about the overall experience of the cookies are in order.  First, they are closer to cake bites than cookies.  They don’t spread at all while baking, so pay attention to how you drop the dough on the baking sheets.  Second, they might look a bit similar to the pumpkin cookies you can pick up at Giant Eagle these days, but they are SO much better.  If nothing else, the maple syrup in the frosting gives them a whole different flavor.

I promise at least one more post from me this week, because the butternut squash from Matt is calling from the kitchen to be made into my favorite fall soup.  I hope everyone is having a good weekend, despite the awful weather.

Here’s the recipe:

2 cups flour, 1 t. baking powder, 1 t. baking soda, 1/2 t. salt

1 t. pumpkin pie spice (I always construct this myself from a 1/2 t. cinnamon, 1/4 t. ginger, and 1/8 t. cloves)

1/2 c. shortening, 1 c. brown sugar

1 c. pumpkin puree, 1 egg, 1 t. vanilla

Mix the dry ingredients in a small bowl.  Combine the shortening and brown sugar, beating for a full minute.  Add the pumpkin, egg, and vanilla; mix until well combined.  Add the dry ingredients and mix well.  Drop dough by mounded tablespoons.  Bake at 350 for 14 minutes.

Icing: 1/2 c. butter, 1/4 c. maple syrup, 2 T. pumpkin puree, 1 t. pumpkin pie spice, 1 t. vanilla, 4 c. powdered sugar, orange food coloring

Beat the first five ingredients and add the powdered sugar gradually and then the food coloring, beating well until fluffy and with uniform color.

(In my opinion, this makes too much frosting!  Halving it might not even be too extreme.  I also usually add sprinkles of some kind on top of the frosting because it generally stays very gooey and sticky.  Plus, they give you the right festive October colors to help brighten a dreary fall day.)


5 thoughts on “Happy October!

  1. andrewsbeth

    Those cookies look so GOOD and festive! I am not big on baking, but I am going to try this recipe. I love pumpkin flavors and these would be so good with a hot cup of coffee. Yummy!

  2. jeffchild

    You’ll love them. I hve already had about a dozen of them from last night to this morning…..I have a love hate relationship with these fantastic treats Tom makes! Love eating them…hate feeling the hmmmmm, maybe I should put the tenth cookie down haha.

  3. Carolyn Galizio

    Kim and I have been fortunate enough to have eaten these warm from Tom and Jeff’s oven. They are so delicious- and the maple in the icing brings them to the next level of goooey goodness!

    Sadly, I have a little sore throat and didn’t make it to the market. It’s the only one I missed since we were in Chautauqua! Next weekend will be beautiful though, I know it!

  4. theneighborboys Post author

    Laura – Your comment just makes me want to try putting the same batter in muffin cups next time I make it. I can imagine swapping out the frosting for a cream-cheese based icing or a simple syrup glaze instead. Would that make them muffins or cupcakes? They’d definitely be yummy, though, I think!


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