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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Pumpkin Cookies Dipped in White Chocolate

 Good evening, all! About a week or so ago, I decided to bake some cookies out of sheer boredom. I used to draw or knit or do something creative when I got bored, but since I started seriously making cakes, I just like to bake. Besides, I don't want to miss any opportunities to share delicious sweets with all of you!

So I had a stash of pumpkin, and I decided to make something fast and simple-- like cookies! I found  a recipe from Martha Stewart and used half of the recipe (which still made about 3 1/2 dozen cookies). Instead of making the brown butter icing, I decided to dip them in white chocolate to add a bit of flare. However, the icing recipe (which also sounds delicious) can be found here.

  • 2 3/4 c all- purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/ 4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 c (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/4 c packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 c canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 c evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375. Whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside.
Put the butter and brown sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy.
Mix in eggs and reduce speed to low. Add pumpkin, evaporated milk, and vanilla. Mix about 2 minutes.
 Add flour mixture and mix until combined.
Yea I hit a bit of that dough... Deeelicious!
 Transfer the batter into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2" round tip (Ateco #806 or Wilton #2A)
Pipe 1 1/2" rounds onto parchment-lined baking sheets (or I just greased my pan) about 1 inch apart.
 The little mounds looked  a bit... unappetizing. So I wet my finger and patted down the peaks a bit. Anyhoo, bake the cookies about 12 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through.
I cooled the cookies on the sheet for 5 minutes then transferred the cookies onto wire racks to cool completely. Then I melted up some white chocolate and dipped the cookies in. Then I placed the cookies back on the wire rack to dry.
And voila! They turned out quite delicious!

I don't usually eat white chocolate, but I like it when it's paired with other flavors, like pumpkin. The ultimate white chocolate combo, in my opinion, is with raspberry. Mm! Stay tuned for that...

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