Over the weekend, I was pleasantly surprised when my mother-in-law gave me some pumpkin-shaped cookie cutters. It's no secret that I LOVE making cutout cookies, so I was thrilled to have some fall-themed cutters to add to my collection. Once home, I rummaged through my fridge and baking cabinet and when I determiend for sure that I had all the necessary ingredients to bake cookies, that's what I set out to do.
Due to time constraints, the cookie-making process became a three-night affair. Night one I made the dough and popped it into the fridge to chill. Then came night two, when Allen and I rolled out the dough to start makng the cutout cookies.
I originally intended to have two sizes of pumpkins to share, but the medium-sized ones were the best and maximized the number of cookies I could get out of my dough. The recipe I used for the dough was this one by Martha Stewart. It makes soft and delicious vanilla cookies, and the variations for chocolate and spice cookies look fabulous (though I haven't tried them just yet).
When I finally started to decorate the cookies I had twenty-eight lined up on cooling racks, which I set atop parchment paper on the countertop. They had gone into my cookie box once cool and had a full twenty-four hours to rest before we got started with decorations, and I was excited to mix up some orange frosting and get to work.
Decorating is probably my favorite part of making cutout cookies, and this was no different. As soon as I had what I felt was the best orange, I started to frost all twenty-eight pumpkins, taking great care with each to ensure optimal coverage.
When the last cookie was frosted, I started to add some stems! We keep bright sanding sugar on hand for when I want to decorate cookies or cakes, and this was no different. I pulled out the green sugar and went to town adding bright green stems to all of the cookies. When finished, I had a bundle of cute pumpkin-shaped cookies, all set to give to friends and coworkers for Halloween.
We had to sample one, which left us with 27 cookies - a good number. The sample was perfectly delicious, with just enough frosting. I loved seeing all the little pumpkins lined up and decorated - perfect for the holiday! After the frosting set, I excitedly boxed them up between sheets of parchment paper to keep them fresh for sharing (and devouring!) for our chilly and rainy Halloween.
This year, I may not have a costume, but I'm already planning one for Halloween 2014. For now, I have bright orange sugar cookie pumpkins and I can't wait to dig in.