The Great Cookie Experiment – Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin Cookie Pops

I’m a big fan of pumpkin cookies.  They’re always moist and tasty and I feel like I might have gotten something healthy in my diet even though I’m eating a cookie.  My favorite pumpkin cookies are the basic Weight Watchers cookies that require a cake mix, a can of pumpkin, and a few chocolate chips.  They’re yummy, AND low in calories!

Like other pumpkin cookies, these Pumpkin Cookie Pops are also soft…they just aren’t full of flavor.  They came out fairly bland and tasteless, even with a teaspoon of cinnamon (okay, confession time, I didn’t put a teaspoon of cinnamon in the cookies.  That’s because I didn’t realize I was out of cinnamon.  So I put in a half teaspoon of cinnamon and a half teaspoon of nutmeg.  It shouldn’t have made THAT much of a difference!)    The glaze was needed to give the cookies taste.  They DID taste better the second day, but not that much.

Frosting these with a glaze led to an interesting discovery- Taste of Home cheated!  The recipe calls for frosting the cookie with a glaze of powdered sugar, water and orange food coloring.  This gives it a smooth texture that hardens.  Then you use more glaze to pipe on a face.  The picture in the cookbook, however, doesn’t show any kind of cookie frosted with glaze- it’s clearly buttercream frosting.  There is no way that anyone who is making this cookie is going to get anything looking like the picture!  Were they just lazy and in need of some stock footage that would do the trick?  I’m not sure, but I felt vaguely like I had been taken advantage of!  I DID find the recipe in another book with a proper glazed picture, but I don’t think that lets them off the hook for this one!

I made these without the popsicle stick.  Cookie pops are really cute for kindergarten school parties, or to decorate a table at a Halloween party, but not really good for a bunch of adults snacking at game nights, or putting in your girls lunches later.  For a cute Halloween look, definitely use the popsicle sticks!

One last word on the gumdrops….apparently the state of Utah doesn’t believe in small sized gumdrops.  They have large gumdrops, and small SPICE drops.  Spice drops are exactly like gumdrops except they taste awful.  The green spice drops are mint flavored which is less than desirable when you pair them with pumpkin spiced cookies.  I found some Ghost flavored DOTS, but ended up just leaving the gumdrops off completely.

pumpkin cookies

Pumpkin Cookie Pops

½ cup butter

¾ cup brown sugar

½ cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup canned pumpkin

2 ½ cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground cinnamon

30 popsicle sticks

1/3 cup green gumdrops, quartered lengthwise.

ICING

4 cups confectioners’ sugar

¼ cup water

Orange and black paste or gel food coloring

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars.  Beat in egg and vanilla.  Beat in pumpkin.  In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon.  Gradually add to creamed mixture (dough will be soft).  Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto greased or parchment paper-lined baking sheets.  Insert popsicle sticks into dough.

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