I picked a pumpkin last week and I think I might spend all of October eating it. I carve a bit off and it still looks almost as big as it was before. It wouldn’t be so bad if the rest of this household loved pumpkin but at the moment it seems that me and Master Spice are the only ones who like it, and Master Spice only began eating a week ago so I can’t rely on him to eat much.
Although I love pumpkin and would like to make lots of roasted vegetable dishes I think I might be the only one eating them. My lovely husband was not quite as lovely as normal the other night when he actually refused to eat my delicious pumpkin creation and went and got a pizza out of the freezer. Well, more for me, although pumpkins are pretty big so that means a lot lot more.
It seems I’m going to have to disguise the pumpkin and add it to cakes and biscuits instead of savoury dishes. Rather appropriately, this month’s Random Recipes at Belleau Kitchen has the theme, ‘something sweet’ and instead of using a recipe book we have to pick a random recipe from an internet recipe search. Even without Random Recipes I would probably have resorted to the internet to find a pumpkin cookie recipe. With this in mind I decided to search the internet for ‘pumpkin cookies UK recipe’, as I knew lots of US recipes would come up and I’m lazy and didn’t want to have to convert cup measurements. This was the first recipe in the list and is from All Recipes.
I admit that I did adapt the recipe very slightly. I used half the amount of sugar as it looked like it would make very very sweet cookies. I also used mixed spice instead of individual spices. Even with half the sugar, the cookies were still sweet enough for me and if you put a little icing on the top it makes them even sweeter.
I was hoping the recipe would give me lovely moist maybe slightly chewy cookies. What I got was lovely moist light cakey cookies. The consistency was definitely more cake than cookie. Now, that wasn’t a problem as I love cake and even if it comes in the disguise of a cookie, I won’t complain, but I do feel it’s fair to warn you, in case you also have two thirds of a huge pumpkin staring at you across the kitchen. And just in case you are rather particular about the consistency of your cookies.
As you can see, I attempted to make a spider’s web decoration with the icing on top of some of the cookies. If you want, you could try and decorate these for Halloween, but I’ll admit that I ate most of them plain.
300g plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
3 tsp mixed spice
150g caster sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
250g pumpkin puree
To decorate (optional)
Icing in a tube
How to Make Spiced Pumpkin Cookies
1. Turn the oven on to 180C. Line 4 baking trays with baking paper.
2. Put the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and mixed spice in a bowl.
3. Put the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and cream together. Add the egg, vanilla and pumpkin puree. Beat together.
4. Add the bowl of dry ingredient to the bowl of wet ingredients and mix together.
5. Using a tablespoon, put spoonfuls of the mixture onto the baking trays, leaving a gap around each cookie as they will spread in the oven.
6. Bake for 15 -20 minutes. Mine were ready after 15 minutes.
7. Leave the cookies to cool on a wire rack and if you want, decorate them.
As well as Random Recipes I am also linking these to Treat Petit at The Baking Explorer and on alternate months by Cakeyboi, Tea Time Treats hosted by Lavender and Lovage and on alternate months by The Hedgecombers and also to Lets Cook for Halloween at Simply Food.