A few notes: this recipe is HUGE! It made about 60 cookies, so you may want to half it or freeze some of the cookies for later. Also, in my opinion the frosting is a MUST - the cookie itself is not bursting with flavor, although the cinnamon and nutmeg add a nice light taste. The frosting is really what makes these cookies such a treat.
The link to the website I got the recipe from is here, but I have explained all of the directions below.
2 cups butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp vanilla
1- 15 ounce can of pumpkin (or 2 cups of home made pumpkin puree!)
4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
3 to 4 cups of icing sugar
ground cinnamon (to sprinkle on top)
-Preheat your oven to 35o degrees.
-Add your softened butter to your stand mixer, beat for about 30 seconds until smooth. Add sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Blend well.
-Add in your eggs and vanilla. Blend well. Combine your pumpking puree. Warning! At this point your dough will look like curdled milk- dont worry! Once you add the flour it will start to look normal again.
-Add the flour in. Because this recipe is so big your stand mixer may not be able to blend all the flour in. If this happens, get out that old wooden spoon and get mixin'!
-Drop onto a cookie sheet with a cookie scoop or a teaspoon. Bake for 10- 12 minutes (Make sure your rack is in the middle or middle-top of your oven. My cookies only took 10 minutes.)
-For your frosting, heat the butter and brown sugar in a sauce pan until melted and smooth. Transfer this to your stand mixer bowl, add in your vanilla and milk. Now you can begin blending in your icing sugar. Whip until smooth and you get the desired consistency for your cookies. I used the full 4 cups of icing sugar for my cookies.
-Once your cookies cool, frost them, sprinkle a little cinnamon on top, grab a cup of your favourite coffee and enjoy this sweet autumn delight!