Sunday, October 18, 2009
SMS: Spiced Pumpkin Cookie Cakes
This week’s Sweet Melissa Sundays treat is Spiced Pumpkin Cookie Cakes. They’re kind of like a cupcake with the frosting in the middle rather than on top. Melissa is effusive with her praise in the recipe write-up; I also knew Josh would be seeing a lot of his friends this weekend and they always welcome baked goods, so I decided to go ahead and make a full batch. It really was more like cake batter than cookie dough, but the cookies baked up nicely. The recipe recommends piping the dough, but I can’t fill a pastry bag without making a huge sticky mess (If anyone has good tips, please let me know), so I made some with a medium cookie scoop and some with a small cookie scoop. I stuck with the recipe, but added some cloves and ginger in addition to the cinnamon and nutmeg to give them more of a pumpkin pie taste. Cream cheese frosting generally is not my favorite, but it seemed to be the appropriate pairing with these cookies and most people seem to love it, so I made it. (I did not mind the cream cheese icing on the cinnamon buns from last week, though, since the proportions of that one was a much higher sugar to frosting ratio than this recipe and I added a healthy dose of almond extract to the icing.)
As I put the cookies together, I realized they weren’t the best portable snacks and also wouldn’t do well if they ended up sitting in a car for a while, so they did not get sent off with Josh yesterday as initially planned. We were both planning on going to a brunch this morning and I figured I could bring the cookies to it. But yesterday afternoon I got word that it was cancelled, so I found myself with way too many pumpkin cookies for two people. We live in a townhouse complex and they are currently repaving and piping the area, and the construction workers were hard at work yesterday. Since the entire area is complete dirt piles and it rained earlier in the week, I’m sure I look cranky when they see me tromping through the mud to get in and out of my house, particularly when there’s a set of muddy paws to wipe down. I noticed the construction workers having lunch in front of my house and brought them a plate of cookies; hopefully they made working on a Saturday a little more bearable.
The result? I liked the cookies, but didn’t love them. I prefer them without the frosting, I think they would have been good with just a drizzle of glaze on top rather than in sandwich form. I thought these were a great seasonal choice and enjoyed making them - love the smell of fall seasonings, but all things being equal, there are a lot of other pumpkin treats I’d try before making these again – and I’m sure I will see dozens of pumpkin-centric recipes on blogs from now until Thanksgiving. (I made THESE yummy pumpkin pancakes with the leftover pumpkin this morning.) This recipe rated a 7 for Deliciousness and a 2.5 for Effort, giving it an EDR of 2.8. Many thanks to Debbie of Everyday Blessings of the Five Dees for selecting this recipe. You can find the recipe HERE on Debbie’s site and see what the other bakers thought of these cakies by visiting the SMS blogroll.