Wednesday, November 16, 2011
baked! glazed pumpkin cookies (or: a tale of leavening)
the minute i saw the recipe for these glazed pumpkin cookies on the design mom site, i knew i had to try them. they sounded like the perfect autumnal sweet treat: soft, pumpkin-y, cinnamon-y and topped with a vanilla glaze. yum, right? plus, i had a major pumpkin cake fail over the weekend, so i wanted to redeem myself. (side note: seems like it is my lot in life to have a major baking mishap the weekend of november 14 every year. see: last year's salted caramel banana cream pie debacle. weird, right?)
anyway, you'd think i'd be extra careful making these cookies, wouldn't you? yeah, nope. i totally forgot to add both a teaspoon of baking powder and a teaspoon of baking soda. i don't know how that happened -- i am generally a really good baker (even if my treats turn out a bit rustic-looking sometimes, they always taste good!) and i wasn't drinking wine while mixing or anything (which, yes, i've also done in the past, with similar results). weird.
the cookies still turned out well, at least--they just have a much different consistency than you might expect when you hear the word "cookie." i brought a plate to work today and one of my colleagues described them as "doughnutty"; i think that's apt. they're very cakelike. but you know, the flavor and the texture in combination with the vanilla glaze just works, so i'm ok with it.
if you'd like to make your own version of these cookies (with or without baking powder and soda--no judgment from me!), you can find the recipe here. happy baking!
photo of my cake-y little pumpkin nuggets by yours truly.