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Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

The Cookie Lady

I went to the library tonight. I took along the cookies I made for Debbie & Jamison. Figured someone would enjoy them. The best thing about having so many places and people to bake for (whether they want it or not!) is being able to hand off one abandoned treat to another individual or group. I had planned to make something for the librarians last night but Debbie's no-show gave me an easy no-bake night.

When I got to the library, the circulation person told me I had a message. Apparently her boss loved the pumpkin spice fudge cookies and hoped I would be willing to share my cookbook name. Seems my instincts are right on this recipe. I'll bet a pumpkin-hater would eagerly eat them and have no idea there is pumpkin in the cookie. As I was being checked out, another worker came up and said "oh, is this the cookie lady?" Apparently this worker has a sweet tooth that is happily satisfied with semi-monthly cookies. I left the ranger cookies much to their happiness. Hope they enjoy them as well.

Here's the recipe for anyone who'd like to try this one. I don't think you'll be disappointed!! I made mine with my smallest scoop (#100). I think it is considered roughly 1 1/2 t. - about the size of a large marble. They don't spread much so you can put a lot of them on a cookie sheet at one time.

Pumpkin Spice Fudge Cookies

1 cup all purpose flour (5 oz)
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (see below for recipe)
1/4 cup butter, room temperature (1/2 stick 2 oz)
7 tbsp cocoa powder (1 3/4 oz)
2/3 cup sugar (4 1/2 oz)
1/3 cup brown sugar (2 1/2 oz)
1/3 cup pumpkin puree (2 1/2 oz)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (optional) (3 oz)

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and spices. In a large, microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter in the microwave. Whisk in cocoa powder and sugars. Stir in pumpkin puree and and vanilla extract, mixing until batter is smooth. Add in the flour mixture and stir until just combined and no streaks of flour remain. Stir in mini chocolate chips, if using. Drop tablespoonfuls of batter onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Press down slightly to flatten; cookies will not spread too much
Bake at 350F for 9-12 minutes or until set and slightly firm at the edges. Cool on baking sheet for 3-4 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes about 2 dozen.

Pumpkin Pie Spice (if you want to make your own)
1/4 cup ground cinnamon
2 tbsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground nutmeg*
1/2 tsp ground cardamom (optional)

I used a bought pumpkin spice - I didn't make my own.

#100 scoop 20 to a sheet, makes roughly 96. Bake 11 mins.

the cookie lady!!!!!!!!!!!!! you're infamous!!
Amber   Wednesday, November 19, 2008
LOL...well, I don't mind for that. I'd like to walk down the street with a box of bags of cookies and just hand them out. Too weird! LOL
LGrant   Wednesday, November 19, 2008
LG, I made a comment some time ago about: How do you fix a persimmon pudding? Being a Mountain Girl from NC, I know you know what they are.
BeanCounter37   Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I think a couple of recipes were shown in links, Bean. I'll go through mine as well if you need another one. I can't remember who put the recipe or link...maybe Sarah S. I'm blanking on it. I have several and it's pretty easy to find many different versions on the web. My grandmother's is still my favorite. I wish I had that recipe. I'll have to ask my mom next time we talk if she has it. It was a great one. I love persimmon pudding!!
LGrant   Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Sounds like a good title for you cookbook! I'm going to try these the next time I have a TLC attack!
dannie   Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Hope you enjoy them as much as the TLC Oatmeal Cookies! :)
LGrant   Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I love your new title. To shorten it I'll call you TCL (should really be TLC because of your generous nature). TCL who makes great DBCCC's and makes us all salivate when she posts pictures of her baked goods.
Leslie   Friday, November 21, 2008
LOL, Leslie. Guess that is one up from my old title TB (The Baker) which most of the newer folks at work don't even know! How sad is that?? We used to "pretend" that no one knew the identity of The Baker when I used to bake in MN and ship to Oregon. Of course they did but it was fun and crazy to be The Baker and incognito. :)

Thanks for the kudos! Sorry if your keyboards get a little soggy. :)
LGrant   Saturday, November 22, 2008
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