10 October 2010

I'm declaring

If I were to declare an official meal for October it would be chili. Especially if it is topped with lots of sour cream and cheese and eaten with Fritos instead of spoons. I'm so glad that N8tr0n has recently decided he likes chili so that I didn't have to miss out on the official meal of October.


And if I were to declare an official cookie of October it would be these. Connie's Pumpkin Cookies. Light and fluffy + maple frosting. Mercy. Connie happens to be the mother of my bestest friend Jen and her cookies may or may not be the glue that kept my friendship with Jen alive. Okay, that's not true, but the cookies are still amazing. I recently got to spend the evening with Jen and Connie whipping up some pumpkin cookies and watching Connie make the maple frosting that has eluded me for years. Apparently I was making it harder than it actually was—story of my previous baking life.

Any time I get together with Jen it is just like old times. Except now it is our two toddler daughters running in circles giggling and screaming instead of us. And yes, we ran in circles giggling and screaming well into our college years.


Okay but back to the cookies. They're the best. They're perfection. They're the official cookie of October. I'm declaring it.

A few notes:
Left to my own devices, I shaped the first batch of cookies and they were way too big. These are best if they are about the size of a Tablespoon when you're spooning them out. Plus then the recipe makes gobs and gobs and cookies that you can share with your neighbors and friends.

The frosting needs to be put on when the cookies are warm. I like to start making the frosting, put the cookies in the oven, and then have the frosting ready and waiting when the cookies come out of the oven.

If the frosting tightens up in between batches you can put it back on low heat and add a tiny bit more milk to thin it out a bit. And then you'll probably have to add a little more powdered sugar. And then...well, you get it.

Connie's Pumpkin Cookies
(makes: gobs and gobs. aka: 3 dozen small cookies)

1 C. Butter (room temp)
1 C. Sugar
1 C. Pumpkin
1 t. Vanilla
1 Egg
2 C. Flour
1 t. Baking Soda
1 t. Baking Powder
1/2 t. Salt

Beat butter and sugar together until well combined. Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla and mix well. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and add to liquid ingredients.
Bake at 375 degrees for 7 to 9 minuts.

1/2 C. Brown Sugar
1/4 C. Milk
2 T. Butter
Combine in small saucepan and boil for two minutes.

Remove from heat and add 3/4 tsp. vanilla and 1 C. Powdered sugar. Add water or milk to make less thick and powdered sugar to thicken.

Happy Monday Everyone!



Hannah said...

These look yummy! I have so many sweet recipes on my to-make list. As soon as I start eating sugar, I'm sure to gain all my lost-weight back.

Maple and pumpkin sounds like the perfect combo.

Jason & Makenna said...

I've never known ANYBODY else put maple frosting on their cookies except my grandma. It is the ONLY way to eat them. Especially when you throw a handful or two of chocolate chips in the batter! :)

I knew I picked up pumpkin for a reason this weekend. Thanks for the reminder.

Misplaced Country Girl said...

Oh man I will be making these this week for sure! I also declare that October is cookie baking month. I just love this time of year.

Rachel said...

Can I add chocolate chips??? I am pretty sure I really want to add chocolate chips. What a cute couple of girls you two have...I wanna play too!!!!

Emmylou said...

I completely had to take a double take at that picture. I thought for sure it was you and Jen in your childhood and I thought to myself, wow they really have been friends a long time . . .then I figured out it was actually your children. Beautiful!

Denise said...

I wish I had a plateful for breakfast.

Kelli said...

Chili, cookies and sweet friendships...now that's what I call a great blog post. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I had chili today during a potluck and it was wonderful, with my cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips!

Jen said...

Okay, You seriously made these cookies look so scrumptious. Way to go on the presentation! And, when you said we also ran around and giggled and screamed in circles in college it reminded of me when we both ran out of our rooms at the same time and full-body collided in the hallway. LOL!!!

Emily W said...

Wait, I don't see maple listed on the ingredients list...am I missing something?

Miranda said...

@Emily W. Nope you're not missing anything. The brown sugar + butter are boiled so they take on a maple-y flavor. But you could certainly add a little maple flavoring if you'd like!

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