Today we’re having a not-so-kooky Halloweegan treat. Spiced pumpkin cookies with a sweet chocolate filling, anyone?
These are a reversed version of the Pumpkin-O’s of Halloweegan 2008. Those were chocolate cookies with a pumpkin buttercream filling instead. The first batch of this new version had carved faces, but I didn’t have too much fun with the carving process…
So I just drew the faces instead when I made the second batch. You can do whatever you want, but it might work better to refrigerate the cookies for a while before you carve them, if that’s what you want to do. Also, because I don’t use artificial food colorings they’re not very orangey, but if you’re OK with using food coloring then go for it! :)
|Spiced Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. In a microwaveable glass bowl combine the chocolate chippers and the milk. Microwave at 50% power for a minute.
2. Stir and microwave for another 30 seconds. Repeat until the chocolate is completely smooth. Let it cool at room temperature until you’re ready to spread it on the cookies.
For the cookies:
1/2 cup margarine, cold (I use soy-free Earth Balance)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
2. Use an electric mixer to cream the margarine and sugar. Beat on high until fluffy and creamy.
3. Add the pumpkin puree, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, turmeric, and paprika and beat on high until smooth.
4. Stir in the flour, adding 1/2 cup at a time, until a somewhat firm dough forms. It should be just a little sticky, but not soft. How much flour you will need depends on how liquid your pumpkin puree is.
5. Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. If the rolling pin keeps sticking to it, lightly sprinkle some flour on top of the dough.
6. Use a 3.5 inch pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the cookies. Transfer the cookies to the baking sheet. Gather the leftover dough, roll it out again and repeat.
7. If you’re going to carve the faces out, use a small, pointy knife to cut out the eyes, nose, and mouth. This was no fun for me, but if you want to do it go for it! Leave half of the cookies uncarved.
8. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until the edges start to barely brown. Cool on the baking sheets for a couple of minutes, transfer the cookies to cooling racks and let them cool to room temperature.
Putting them together:
1. Spread a generous amount of chocolate all over the top of a cookie. Place another cookie on top of the chocolate and gently press down. If you carved the top cookie, the chocolate will come out of the carved areas. If it doesn’t, you can microwave the chocolate for 4 or 5 seconds to barely soften it.
2. If you decided not to carve them and you want to draw the faces on top instead, you will need to use a clean, dry microwaveable bowl to melt about 1/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave. It takes my microwave 90 seconds on medium power, stirring every 30 seconds, to melt the chips completely. Transfer the melted chips to a small ziploc bag and cut the tip off one of the bottom corners. Draw the faces on the cookies as you squeeze the chocolate out of the little opening. Keep and serve at room temperature.
Makes 8 (3.5 inch) sandwich cookies.
* I liked the batch that I made with just 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg, but Mr. Wing-It liked the 1/4 teaspoon batch best. I guess it depends on your tastebuds!
* The sandwich cookies might be slippery at first, but the chocolate will harden up nicely after a half hour or so.
Fabulous Ms. Monique has given me a Versatile Blogger award! Aww, thank you Mo! You rock some serious socks and you are the Queen of Everything! So now I have to tell you seven things about myself that might be shocking to you. Hmm. I’ll try! :)
1. When I was younger I spent many nights (I see where your dirrrty minds are going) making royal icing flowers, filling cream puffs, and dipping tiny things in chocolate for my mother’s catering business.
2. This is embarrassing, but I can’t cook rice! My rice is always a mushy, pasty disaster.
3. I love chocolate and I love strawberries, but I don’t really like chocolate covered strawberries! :D
4. When I was a teenager I wanted to be one of the Spice Girls, but I don’t think they were looking for a Mild Spice.
5. I have massive trust issues :)
6. I grew up with a parrot who could swear like a sailor…
7. I might have taught that parrot a dirty word or two.
There! Now the rules of the award state that I must pass it on to seven bloggers. I usually have a hard time choosing, but this one is a non-brainer because I have been meaning to *poke* a few blogs that haven’t been around for a while: Eat’n Veg’n, Musings From the Fishbowl, Show me Vegan, Spotted Devil Cat and His Vegan Assistant, Vegan for the People, VeganView, Zoey’s Kitchen. So there, we miss you and we want you back! Consider yourselves poked! :D