Pumpkin Crinkles

Pumpkin Crinkles | BakeNQuilt.comI confess, we like pumpkin enough that I bake with pumpkin all year round but come October I get to share my love of pumpkin openly!  My latest experiment with pumpkin was these Pumpkin Crinkles.  I love ginger crinkles, so I thought I’d see if I could replicate that in pumpkin form.  I wasn’t (and still am not) entirely sure what creates the crinkles in the cookies.  None of the recipes I looked up actually said why they crinkle.  The things that all crinkle recipes seem to have in common, no matter the flavor, was a high amount of baking soda or powder and the rolling of the dough into a ball.  When the cookie spreads, the crinkles form.

These pumpkin crinkles didn’t crinkle quite as dramatically as other flavors of crinkle cookies, perhaps because they don’t spread as much due to the soft pumpkin, but enough that I was happy with the result.  I did find that the bigger the cookie, the better the crinkles so this is no time to play dietician and make tiny ones.  I chose to use sparkling decorator sugar instead of powdered or regular granular sugar as I really like the crunch it provides to an otherwise soft cookie.  The sparkle also makes this humble cookie a little dressier.

I am entering this recipe into the Biscuit Barrel Challenge for October.  The theme this month is “comfort food” and pumpkin cookies definitely fit my definition of comfort!

Pumpkin Crinkles
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2 dozen
 
Soft pumpkin crinkle cookies coated in decorator sugar
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (4 oz/113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup (5.5 oz/156g) light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (2.75oz/78g) maple syrup
  • ½ cup (4.75oz/134.5) canned pumpkin (not pie filling)
  • 2¼ cups (9.5oz/269g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • coarse, sparkling decorator sugar
Instructions
  1. Mix the butter, brown sugar and maple syrup together until fluffy and light.
  2. Mix in the pumpkin puree. The mixture will look a little curdled, that's ok.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and spices.
  4. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture.
  5. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  6. Heat the oven to 375F/190C and line two baking sheets with parchment or grease them.
  7. Roll the dough into balls about the size of a walnut.
  8. Dip the top of each ball into the decorator sugar and place on the baking sheet, sugar side up.
  9. Bake 10-12 minutes (depending on the size of the cookie) until just barely set in the middle. Be careful not to overbake or the cookies will be too dry.
  10. Move cookies to a wire rack to cool.
Notes
The crinkled look will be better if the cookies are bigger. However, they still will have some crinkles if you make 4 dozen instead of 2 dozen. Be careful not to over-bake these cookies. Small ones will take about 10 minutes, big ones about 12. You can also make your own pumpkin pie spice if you don't have any on hand: 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg, 2 teaspoons ground ginger and 1.5 teaspoons ground allspice mixed together will make 4 Tbsp. of pumpkin pie spice.

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Tweed Stitch Cowl | BakeNQuilt.comI am pretty much a seasonal knitter.  I kind of lose interest over the summer when the idea of touching wool seems so unappealing.  However, once the first touch of crispness shows up in the air, I seem to be immediately interested in knitting again.  This Tweed Stitch Cowl from Churchmouse Yarns and Teas is the perfect “bridge” garment between the seasons.  It’s a short cowl that hangs like a necklace and is perfect for wearing when the weather is too cool to go out just in a t-shirt, but wearing a long sleeve shirt would be too warm.  It’s also a great pattern for fancy, expensive, show-off yarn too, like the Beaded Mohair and Sequins yarn from Artyarns that I used.  The beads and sequins really give the cowl a nice weight as well as a sparkle and its comfortable to wear as the yarn also has some silk in it.  It would also be a great project for a newbie knitter as the pattern is very simple and knits up pretty quickly.

Note:  For those of you who have asked – there isn’t an online link for this pattern as it is a “Shop Pattern” and has not been formally published.  You can contact them and they will mail or e-mail you a copy of the pattern.  The pattern is free if you purchase yarn and $3 for just the pattern.  Their phone number is 206-780-2686 and the pattern name is “Tweed Stitch Cowl”.

 

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