Monday, October 21, 2013

Notes From The Country - Autumn Snow and Cookies

We woke up to snow on Friday morning which added to the colorful autumn show outside. Between delicious food and cocktails with new friends, a town full of zombies, brews, pizza, family cookie decorating and football, and the remnants of a brief but imposing snowfall, it was a perfect fall weekend - chilly and full of brilliant color outside, and cozy and comforting inside with the smells and traditions of the approaching holidays.


These cookies have been a yearly tradition for as long as I can remember and now have become the same for my girls. These are a type of refrigerator cookie dough, and the result is a thick cake-like cookie which makes me happy. The frosting is a tinted buttercream. Tastes like Halloween to me!

-Pumpkin Cookies-
1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
2 3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

Cream butter, add sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat well. Mix dry ingredients, add to butter mixture. Mix well. Refrigerate dough for at least 20 minutes. Roll out to between 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch. The thicker the cakier. Cut out with pumpkin cookie cutters (traditional!) or other Halloween shapes. Place on silpat lined baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, until  edges just begin to turn light brown. Don't overbake or they will be crisp instead of cakey!

Frost and decorate with candy corn (Brach's brand is best!) and melted semi-sweet chocolate chips. 

p.s. Tradition dictates that you must eat the first cookie you decorate. Just sayin.
pps. Watch a Halloween movie while decorating. Not a scary Halloween movie - a fun one - like Hocus Pocus or The Ghost and Mr Chicken for a truly retro experience.

-Buttercream Frosting-

Cream 1/3 cup unsalted butter. Add 3/4 tsp of vanilla. Gradually add enough powdered sugar alternately with evaporated milk until perfect cookie spreading consistency....Don't ask me for specific measurements. My Mother never told me so how can I tell you!! ;)  Tint orange with food coloring. Divide frosting and keep half white if you are frosting ghosts and cats - well white cats.

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