Sunday, October 23, 2011

Hello, My Name is Pumpkindoodle

For my first shift in the pediatric ER this month (and because my dad was in town and I LOVE to make him cookies!), I pulled out quite a fantastic little recipe from Annie!  First, please note that Annie has some great photographs.  Then notice that her recipes are great.  And finally, notice that she is also a resident!  Cool!  :-)  Anyway, this recipe just screamed fall.  Snickerdoodles are probably my favorite cookie.  Just simple and sweet!  Combine that with a light taste of pumpkin and you have a fantastic cookie

Daddy isn't a huge pumpkin fan but he liked these.  He said that he could tell they weren't regular snickerdoodle but that the flavor was more like a whisper (okay, I made that one up!) of pumpkin than "Hello!  My name is pumpkin and I'm in your cookie." 

All the nurses in the ER liked the cookies (and actually ask me quite often, now, if I made anything!  I like that!) and Dr. D, one of my attendings (who just completed the Augusta Ironman, go Dr. D!) asked me for the recipe.  I thought they were great cookies.  They had a great fluffiness to them, which is sometimes hard to obtain in a snickerdoodle.  They also still maintained a classic snickerdoodle flavor (even without my beloved cream of tartar!) with an extra fall taste to it.  Will definitely be making these again!  Thanks, Annie, for a great cookie!

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles from Annie at Annie's Eats
For the cookies:
3¾ cups all-purpose flour
1½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
¾ cup pumpkin puree
1 large egg
2 tsp. vanilla extra
For the coating:
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Whisk to blend and set aside.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugars on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes (I do about 5).  Blend in the pumpkin puree.  Beat in the egg and vanilla until incorporated.  With the mixer on low speed add in the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated.  Cover and chill the dough for at least 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.  Combine the sugar and cinnamon for the coating in a bowl and mix to blend.  Scoop the dough (about 1.5 tablespoons) and roll into a ball - I just use my small cookie scooper.  Coat the dough ball in the sugar-spice mixture and place on the prepared baking sheet.  Repeat with the remaining dough to fill the sheets, spacing the dough balls 2-3 inches apart. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until just set and baked through.  Let cool on the baking sheets about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  Repeat with the remaining dough.  Store in an airtight container.  Enjoy!


Joanne said...

I love Annie's blog also! And I've been meaning to make these cookies...i'm glad to hear they were such a hit!

Erica said...

Yayyyy for finding a winning cookie! They do look nice and fluffy!

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

I love regular snickerdoodles so I am sure I'd love these. Nice cookies!

Elle said...

Great idea to combine the flavor of pumpkin with yummy snicerdoodles.