I’m all for celebrating each and every holiday with its own baked treats. And Halloween, with candy galore, is no exception. Why should it not deserve its own baked treat even though the day is already filled with so much sugar?
These Pumpkin Sugar Cookies are the perfect compliment to your Halloween party dessert tray. They bring in the chocolate every Halloween party needs. Yet these Pumpkin Sugar Cookies also bring a sophisticated not overly sweet festive touch for those seeking a respite from all the sour gummies and nougat-filled candy.
Soft, no-chill Sugar Cookies
I find most sugar cookies require some amount of chilling in the refrigerator before baking. These Pumpkin Sugar Cookies, however, require no such chilling time. In fact, these cookies take less than an hour to bake from scratch start to finish, including the time it takes to dip them in chocolate. No-chill sugar cookie dough makes it possible to pull together these Pumpkin Sugar Cookies for that Halloween class party you forgot about or to bring to a friend’s house when they decide last minute to have a Friendsgiving party.
Pumpkin two ways
If you’re anything like me, you get all excited for Fall baking, buying up a few cans of pumpkin puree each time you’re at the supermarket for fear they’ll run out as they inevitably do. So, in essence, I’m overstocked with pumpkin puree this time of year – consistently. These Pumpkin Sugar Cookies are a great way to use up some of that puree. And, all that pumpkin pie spice I hoarded when it got restocked.
Tips for Making This Recipe
- The dough for these Pumpkin Sugar Cookies will be sticky and very soft. Use a bench scraper to transfer the dough from the bowl to your countertop for rolling out. It’s helpful to dip the bench scraper in flour before scraping out the dough. Be sure to lightly sprinkle flour onto your countertop so the dough doesn’t stick. Once the dough is on the counter, sprinkle the top lightly with flour. Then, flour your rolling pin and continue to flour as you roll if the dough starts sticking. I like to keep a bowl of flour next to my workstation so I can dip my hands in whenever the need arises
- When cutting out the cookies with a cookie cutter, it’s useful to dip the cutter into flour between each shape you cut out. This helps retain the shape of the cookies and prevent the dough from sticking to the inside of the cookie cutter when you lift it off
- To easily lift and transfer your cut cookies off the counter and onto the cookie tray, use a thin metal spatula sprinkled lightly with flour. Carefully slide the spatula under each cookie and lift and place onto the baking tray. This helps avoid misshapen cookies from squishing the cut-outs as you try to transfer them
- Bake these Pumpkin Sugar Cookies just until set. This means the center of the cookies no longer look wet and the edges are just starting to turn golden brown
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Looking for even more Fall-inspired recipes? Give these a try!
- Baked Apple Cider Donuts
- Classic Pumpkin Roll
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chips Muffins (paleo-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free)
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