Pumpkin Face Cookies

DSC_0162In Arizona our Pumpkins may last three days on the front porch.  Between the heat and the Javelina’s it’s nearly impossible to set one out like the rest of the country.  In our house we make Pumpkin Face Cookies.

Nordic roll-out Cookies

2 sticks unsalted butter
1 ¾ cups raw sugar
¼ Cups Agave Nectar
4 cups Unbleached flour
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cardamon
½ orange Tablespoons orange zest/oil
½ scraped vanilla bean
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
Preheat oven to 350

Fit mixer with paddle attachment. Cream butter and sugar on high until light and fluffy. Add agave and combine.

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

Add zest and vanilla to and egg to butter mixture and beat until smooth.

Add dry ingredients but do not over mix or cookies will be tough.

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Divide dough in half and llay dough on plastic wrap; refrigerate at once. Can be in fridge for a number of days.

 

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I use these great cookie spacers on my rolling pin to ensure the same thickness each time.  Once you cut your cookies out place in freezer for 10 minutes before  baking.

Since I had little and not so little cookies the oven time varied.  I checked them every 5 minutes until done.  The larger ones took close to 15 minutes.

Now it’s time to let them cool.

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I like using drying racks in order to ensure the cookies aren’t moist on the bottom sides or sticking to counter.

ICING

If you have a recipe you favor,  please use your favorite one. Royal Icing is hard to work with and I use what works for me.

Royal Icing

2 Tablespoons Crisco
2 Tablespoons Light Karo Syrup
7 Cups Powdered Sugar
4 Tablespoons Meringue Powder
1/2 Cup Water
Flavoring of your choice
Color of your choice

I used a variety of colors for these Pumpkins however I wouldn’t be afraid to whip up some Pink ones since October also is Cancer Awareness month. Be creative!

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Here’s the cutters I have used for several years now.

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Here’s what they will look like once you glaze them.  Allow the icing to dry for 8 to 10 hours before bagging them.  They will keep for several weeks once bagged.

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I scored some 70% off Trick of Treat Ribbon from Michaels and am using two varieties of treat bags.  The standard one holds the pumpkin heads and the small narrow one holds the eyes, nose and mouth.

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The kids love to make different faces.  They also love to eat them, these are my son’s favorite cookies.

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We are off to the fall carnival with some treats in tow for his friends.