Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookie

Your favorite fall treat, a pumpkin spice latte, but in cookie form!

 

Ingredients

 

3 cups white whole-wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

1 (15 ounce) can unseasoned pumpkin puree

2 cups light brown sugar

1 cup grapeseed or canola oil

3 tablespoons milk, divided

1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice plus 1 teaspoon, divided

3 teaspoons instant espresso powder, divided

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, softened

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

 

Instructions

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Combine (whisking) flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.

Combine eggs, pumpkin, brown sugar and oil in a stand mixer or with an electric hand mixer until well mixed. Add 2 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice, 2 teaspoons espresso powder and vanilla and mix until well mixed. Add the flour mixture in 3 parts, mixing until just combined after each additional ingredient.

Use 2 tablespoons per cookie. Drop rounds of the dough onto the prepared pans. 2 inches apart. Bake cookies until firm and dry to touch. About 13 minutes. Let cool on the pans for 5 minutes. Then move to a cooling rack to cool completely. About 20 minutes.

Mix cream cheese, butter and confectioners’ sugar until very smooth. Add the leftover 1 tablespoon milk and 1 teaspoon each pumpkin pie spice and espresso powder in a small bowl; beat until combined, about 30 seconds. Spread the frosting on the cookies.

 

Jody Tries Coffee Crisps

For a special treat this Holiday try this delicious recipe with your friends and coffee….

Coffee Crisps

Ingredients

4 tsp water

2 tsp instant coffee crystals or 1 tsp instant espresso coffee powder

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 tsp salt

2 eggs

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 recipe Coffee Icing (see recipe below)

Instant coffee crystals, coarsely crushed (optional)

Directions

1. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper; set the cookie sheet aside.

2. In a small bowl stir together water and coffee crystals or espresso coffee powder until dissolved; set aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with and electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionaly. Add eggs and coffee mixture; beat until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour.

4. Drop dough by slightly rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheet; spread dough into 2-inch circles.

5. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 9 to 11 minutes or until browned around the edges. Cool on cookie sheet set on a wire rack for 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool

6. When cookies are cool, fill a pastry bag fited with a very small round tip with Coffee Icing. Pipe icing onto cookies in a zigzag pattern. Or, thin icing with additional whipping cream to make icing of drizzling consistency; use fork tines to drizzle icing over cookies. If desired, sprinkle with crushed coffee crystals., Makes about 20 cookies.

Coffee Icing: Stir together 1/8 tsp instant coffee crystals or dash of espresso coffee powder and 1 tbsp whipping cream until coffee is dissolved. In a small mixing bowl stir together 1 cup sifted powdered sugar, the coffee-cream mixture and enough additional whipping cream (1 to 2 tbsp) to make icing of piping consistency. Enjoy!