Fall is officially here! It's my favorite season as I love everything it has to offer...pumpkins, hot apple cider, Halloween, apple picking, Thanksgiving, beautiful leaf colors, the list goes on. What better way to start the season off than with some pumpkin spice sugar cookies!
I love making traditional sugar cut out cookies and decorating them with royal icing for all occasions. It's fun to get creative and come up with different designs (plus they are delicious too!). Now with the change in season why not try a fall inspired cut out cookie. Add a little pumpkin, kick up the flavors with some pumpkin pie spice and voila, the pumpkin spice sugar cookies.
The most important tip I can offer you for this recipe is not to overmix your dough. Once you add your flour in you will want to mix just until it is incorporated into the dough. Otherwise you will be left with a cookie that is tough (not so desirable).
It is very important not to skip the step of chilling your dough for 1 hour. It helps keep your butter cold (to prevent spreading) as well as allowing the gluten a chance to rest. I always have my cookie cutters ready to go before taking my dough out of the refrigerator so that once I roll the dough out I can cut my shapes and put the cookies straight into the oven.
The recipe calls for baking at 350°F for 9-11 minutes. I find in my oven that 10 minutes is the perfect number every time. It yields a pumpkin cookie that has a soft center and yet slightly crisp edged.
If you are short on time or would like to prep extra dough, you can certainly chill the dough for up to 2 days before rolling out. Alternatively, you can freeze the dough for up to 3 months. For this second option, allow the dough to thaw overnight in the refrigerator and then bring to room temperature for about 1 hour before rolling.
Cut out cookies are very popular for the holidays. They make a great baker's gift. There are so many options for cookie cutters. There are a lot of Etsy businesses that are very creative and design their own cookie cutters. I love collecting cookie cutters and using them to come up with new designs.
These pumpkin spice sugar cookies are perfect for Halloween themed cookies or even Thanksgiving cookies. They would make very adorable plaque cookies for your Thanksgiving table. Just pick your favorite royal icing and enjoy decorating them. And if you aren't a fan of icing, these cookies are delicious on their own!Print