177. This is a frightful post...because you can't eat just one, or two of these awesome cookies and also frightful for the amount of butter in the recipe. Ha, ha! But, that has never scared us away in the past.
With fresh pureed pumpkin ready to use, a batch of Pumpkin Cookies was on the "to-do" list.
1 1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup fresh pureed pumpkin
3/4 cup evaporated milk
3 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/4 tsp ground ginger
3/4 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
In a mixing bowl cream together the butter and brown sugar for approximately 3 minutes till creamy. Add eggs, vanilla, pumpkin puree'. Blend together at medium speed and slowly add the evaporated milk in a stream. Next, add all the dry ingredients. Mix together till the batter is smooth and all flour is incorporated.
The batter will be sticky and wet. Using a cookie scoop, drop dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet allowing room for cookies to spread. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or till they spring back to touch. Remove cookies to parchment paper to cool. Be careful you do not overlap or touch cookies together. They will stick to each other and you will loose the perfect edge.
4 cups confectioners sugar, place in mixing bowl and set aside
1 1/4 cup butter
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup evaporated milk plus 1 Tablespoon
Place butter in a small saucepan. Melt the butter over medium heat, swirling the butter and continue the cooking process for 3 minutes till butter browns. First the water cooks off and foams, then the temperature rises as the butter boils. Finally, the small bits of milk solids and salt drop to the bottom of the pan. Once the color of the butter becomes nutty brown remove the saucepan from the heat.
Scrap the bottom of the pot to release all the yummy bits from the bottom. Pour all into the confectioners sugar. Add the vanilla and evaporated milk. Blend together till all sugar is smooth and butter is incorporated.
Allow icing to cool and spread on cooled cookies.
"Eat butter first, and eat it last,
and live till a hundred years be past."
~ Old Dutch Proverb