HALLOWEEN TREAT!

In the spirit of Halloween and family tradition, my mom always made pumpkin cookies with cream cheese icing. Even when I was in college, she would send me a care package full of these delicious treats. Everytime I bite into one of these cookies, it brings back a nostalgic feeling of being warm and cozy indoors, welcoming the crisp, fall weather.

PHOTO COURTESY OF COOKOGRAPHY.COM

PHOTO COURTESY OF COOKOGRAPHY.COM

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup of canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (I prefer Mexican vanilla and always add a little extra)
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 8-ounce bars cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • candy corn or sprinkles

MIX

Preheat oven to 350. Combine butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in pumpkin, vanilla, lemon peel and juice. Blend dry ingredients into butter mixture. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto greased baking sheets two inches apart. Bake 12-14 minutes. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen three inch cookies.

Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Spread on the cookies and top each with a piece of candy corn or sprinkles if desired.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 
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