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Jack-o'-lantern Cookies

All You OCTOBER 2006

  • Yield: 4 dozen
  • Cost Per Serving:$.54

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 sticks (6 oz.) unsalted butter
  • 2 1/4 cups (packed) light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (15 oz.) can pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 24 large marshmallows, halved
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 1/2 to 5 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Orange food coloring
  • 1 tube black icing
  • 1 tube green icing

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.

Make dough: Whisk together first 7 ingredients. In a separate bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until pale; beat in eggs. Mix in pumpkin, evaporated milk and vanilla, followed by flour mixture gradually.

Put some dough in a large plastic bag; snip a corner. Pipe 2 1/2-inch rounds about 1/2-inch thick onto sheets. Continue with rest of dough. Bake, rotating halfway through, until tops spring back when touched, about 12 minutes. Top each with a half marshmallow; bake for 1 1/2 minutes. Transfer, on parchment, to racks; cool.

Make icing: Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add confectioners' sugar a little at a time until icing is thick but spreadable. Add food coloring.

Gently frost cookies over marshmallow. Let set for 20 minutes. Pipe icing faces and stems onto each cookie.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 187
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbohydrate: 33g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 24mg
  • Sodium: 147mg
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