Monday, November 8, 2010

Old-Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies ~ Step Away from the Rack

When these Soft Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Cookies emerged from the oven early this morning, my loving husband took one look at them and shook his head in pity.

"Honey," he said, "you should really leave the baking to me. What went wrong here?"

Just returning back from a coffee run, he placed our cups atop the counter, grabbed a cookie and (with an expression akin to Anthony Bourdain before begrudgingly sipping on Palm Wine in Ghana...) cautiously took a bite.

The whole thing reeked of attitude! This was a delicate, beautiful cookie!  Not fermented palm sap from a far away tree!  But instead of saying a word...I simply looked away.  I knew that cookie would speak for itself!

And speak it did! 

One cookie turned to two...two to three... and there surely would have been a fourth if I hadn't stiff armed the man from the cooling rack - reminding him the cookies (he initially criticised) were for our darling daughter's adorable preschool snack day! 

Still chewing...he slowly but graciously... backed away. 

Moral of the not let the "cakiness" of this cookie persuade you from giving them a try!

Resembling Elaine's Muffin Tops (perhaps more than a cookie)... these delectable treats are amazingly simple, perfectly moist and melt in your mouth delicious!

*Below you'll see for the kiddo's... I topped the Pumpkin Cookies with a simple drizzle of homemade cream cheese frosting.

Old-Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies
Recipe courtesy, Libby's Pumpkin,


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
1 cup LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease baking sheets. (I used parchment paper)

COMBINE flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in medium bowl. Beat sugar and butter in large mixer bowl until well blended. Beat in pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets.

BAKE for 15 to 18 minutes (mine took 12) or until edges are firm. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.


Katerina said...

I guess men everywhere are like that. Whenever something is a little different than what they are used to, they get very nervous. They want the known, the stable, but once you get them to try the new and like it, then this becomes the new stable for them. I like soft cookies and these look delicious.

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine said...

those look awesome! would love some with my coffee right now~

The Food Hound said...

I've never made soft cookies b/c I've always thought they look more like their tasteless low-fat cousins... you know how low-fat cookies are always rounded instead of chunky? These look amazing, I will try!

Erin said...

I would love to have one of these right now! Yummy! Tell the hubby to back off and if he wants to bake, go right ahead, but keep his paws off your wonderful creations! ;)

Unknown said...

Thanks all! They really are super moist! Even today! The kids LOVED them!!!

@TheFoodHound - I totally agree, the cake like cookies always seem low fat to me too! Funny!

They really do taste like the top of delicious pumpkin muffins, what about turning them into the all too popular WHOOPIE PIE??? YUM!

Clint said...

I am not really a pumpkin kind of guy. Having said that, I have had to eat my words more often than not when dismissing Cindy's offerings. This cookie looks like the perfect example!

I identify with your husband.

Beautiful picture and recipe!

sweetlife said...

oh these would be great for a thanksgiving office party, men...gotta love them!!

glad the kiddos loved them

Simply Life said...

oh wow, with that perfect icing on top I could eat way too many of these! :)

Joanne said...

Muffin tops...cookies...what's in a name, REALLY. You would have had to wrestle me away from the baking pan. Delicious.

Velva said...

I can see why your husband had to be stiffed armed to step away from the rack. These cookies look absolutely delightful. I know that I could have easily eaten quite a few.

This was a great snack for your daughter's pre-school.


Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

What a great mama you are! I bet your little girl was in heaven! And that's so funny about your hubby - you literally made him eat his words;)

Judy said...

I love anything pumpkin. What is it about that stuff that's so delicious? Can't get enough of it.

Pam said...

Oh, I need one of these right now. I love a cookie that can speak for itself! Cakey cookies are great and so is yours! Perfect for your daughter's class snack!

laurie said...

I love soft cake like cookies..actually I could eat a handful right now!

Magic of Spice said...

I love pumpkin treats and am fond of more cake like cookies myself...
They look delightful with the swirl of frosting...I bet the kids were quite excited :)