Monday, November 15, 2010

Pumpkin Spice Thumbprints and a CSN Winner!!!

(For the CSN winner, scroll down to the bottom of this post)

I seem to be going a little pumpkin crazy this year. Every time I read people's blogs, I keep seeing new and delicious looking pumpkin recipes that I simply have to try. As it is, I'm dying to try the Pumpkin Molasses Cookies from My Baking Addiction, the Pumpkin Biscotti from My Recipe Finds Online, the Pumpkin Gingerbread from Allrecipes, and Martha Stewart's Pumpkin Swirl Brownies (which I know a lot of you have made). Consequently, I'll probably be turning out pumpkin goodies till the New Year. What can I say, I love pumpkin. I may turn orange but it'll be worth it.

These Pumpkin Cookies were something that especially caught my eye. It's received over 1500 good reviews on Allrecipes. Well, with a glowing commendation like that, how could I not try them.

The cookies came together like a dream and soon I had little fluffy pillows of sweet, spicy, pumpkiny goodness. I decided to forgo the icing and instead jazzed things up by adding cinnamon chips or chocolate chips to several of the cookies.

I also made pumpkin thumbprints by putting some Hershey's Pumpkin Spice Kisses into the cookies while they were still warm. Then, as a nod to Katrina from "Baking and Boys," I melted some semisweet chocolate chips, added some pumpkin pie spice to it, and then drizzled it onto the cookies.

For those of you who don't know Katrina, she always finds a way to add her signature chocolate touch to her treats and it never fails to make the results even better. This time was no exception. The chocolate drizzled pumpkin spice thumbprints were the best of the bunch. Just heavenly!!! I hope you've still got some of those Kisses lying around your house because you'll definitely want to make these cookies.


There were over 200 entries to the CSN giveaway. Thank you to all those who entered for making my first giveaway such a special and successful one and thank you to CSN for sponsoring it. And now, for the moment you've all been waiting for, the winner of the CSN giveaway is #29 Tanya from Dreams, Diapers, and Dilemmas!!! Congratulations Tanya! An e-mail has been sent to the winner.

Pumpkin Cookies (adapted from Allrecipes)

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
cinnamon chips, semisweet chocolate chips, or Hershey's Pumpkin Spice Kisses

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.

In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. (If desired, you can add some cinnamon chips or semisweet chocolate chips to the dough). Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven.

To make pumpkin spice thumbprints, omit the cinnamon chips/chocolate chips from the dough and press Hershey's Pumpkin Spice Kisses into the baked cookies while they're still warm. Melt some semisweet chocolate chips. Add a little pumpkin pie spice to the melted chocolate if desired, according to your taste. Pipe some of the melted chocolate onto the pumpkin thumbprints after they have cooled a bit.

This recipe is linked to:
Remodelaholic Recipes
Potluck Sunday
My Meatless Mondays
Midnight Maniac's Meatless Mondays
Homemaker Monday
Tasty Tuesdays @ A Beautiful Mess
Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays
Tuesdays at the Table
Dr. Laura's Tasty Tuesdays
Tuesday Twister
Hearth and Soul Hop
Home and Pantry's Recipe Swap


  1. Your cookies look so gourmet--and I agree, there can never be TOO much pumpkin! I have my eye on making those pumpkin molasses cookies too. It's on my list of to-do's for sure :-)

  2. Your post made me extremely giddy. I love pumpkin. I am not one of those who tires from all of the pumpkin recipes either. I look forward to this time of year for that simple fact. Your cookies look like little bits of art! I would love a cookie tray from you! Delicious!

  3. Ooh, thanks, Lisa. The chocolate drizzled ones do look the best. My husband loves pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. I need to make him some while pumpkin is IT. ;)

  4. You'll have to check out my blog, I've been on a pumkin rampage! Today's post is pumpkin scones with crystallized ginger (which were fabulous!) Also have pumpkin pizza dough, spiced pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin bread with chocolate chips, anyway, you get the point!! I want to make the pumpkin gingerbread too...yum!

  5. Congrats to Tanya! Those pumpkin spice cookies look wonderful. I love anything with pumpkin and cinnamon spice.

  6. Those cookies have a lot going on! I had no idea there were Pumpkin Spice Hershey's Kisses but they sound like a perfect addition to these cookies.

  7. I love pumpkin too. All these yummy recipes I'm seeing lately have me craving some. Your cookies are no exception.

    I didn't know Hershey's had such a kiss, I'll have to look for those now. They definitely put a nice twist on thumbprint cookies.

    Thanks for linking to Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays!

    ♥ Rebecca Jean
    Midnight Maniac

  8. the chocolate drizzled cookies wow yum!

  9. Wow -- the drizzled ones definitely look like little pieces of heaven! Definitely worthy of being featured in a bakery window :)

  10. Lovin all the pumpkin themed baked goodies too. And your cookies are no exception. Nice job!

  11. I never get tired of pumpkin either. I make pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread and never seem to make pumpkin cookies. After seeing yours, I want some NOW! They are gorgeous!! And congrats Tanya - glad your first giveaway was such a success Lisa!

  12. Looks really yum! Cookies drizzled with chocolate are always extra special!

  13. That cookie looks so cute and good.


  14. i got no probbie with subbing melted choc and choco chips for frosting. They will get way less messy and way easier to transport! :)

  15. Great sounding cookies! thanks for sharing.

  16. I really need to find some of those cute pumpkin kisses. They are so fun. Both of your cookies look wonderful; especially with the chocolate!

  17. Great recipe! I would love it if you would share this recipe on my weekly recipe swap. And while your there you can check out other great recipes!

  18. YUM! These look fabulous! I also love because you can look at people's comments and see what they did to change up the recipe. I like making things that have been approved by so many others so they always come out good!

  19. Those look really good! I like the chocolate drizzle.

  20. I never tire of pumpkin treats! These are heavenly - love the spice kisses!

  21. These look awesome! And so beautiful, too! I'm definitely going way overboard on the pumpkin... But I can't help it!! And pumpkin season doesn't last too long, so I think it's OK :)


  22. Hey Lisa I love what you did with the Hershey's Kisses and the biscotti in the header !

  23. These looks beautifully yummy! The chocolate drizzles make them look very elegant. =)

  24. I am so happy I found your blog! I look forward to visiting it in the future :). Hope to see you around soon at Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  25. This is my lucky day. This morning I was tasked with making pumpkin cookies for an event involving my step granddaughter. I had actually been thinking of a pumpkin cookie with a chocolate kiss pressed into it. I haven't hear of the kind you used. Time to get myself to the store.

  26. Like you, I've gone pumpkin mad this year! Noone in England seems to really do anything with pumpkins...except for me lol!

    Those cookies look really good though, thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  27. These look great, they have that special touch that makes the holidays.

    Plan B

  28. Lisa, these are SO much fun! gorgeous plating too. Love it! :) Love it!!

  29. OMGoodness :) Those are sinfully good!

    Thanks for stopping by I'm a new follower :)

  30. Yum! These cookies look excellent!

  31. oh yummy!

    If I gain weight from following your blog I'm holding you accountable ;o) lmbo

    Retro Housewife: The Remix

  32. Those cookies look so yummy--and they're so cute, too!

  33. Lisa,
    what delicious pumpkin goodness! I love all your additions to the cookies - takes them to a new level of yumminess! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

  34. Those cookies look so yummy--and so cute, too!

  35. Thanks for stopping by my blog! You'll have to let me know what you think of the spicy chicken sandwiches! :)

    Living A Bona Fide Life

  36. I was just about to start searching for a new pumpkin cookie recipe and I found yours over at Heart and Soul Blog Hop. I thought that I was already a follower but it wasn't showing up on my reading list...but I am now! These cookies look delicious. Pumpkin and chocolate go so well together. I didn't know Hershey makes those kisses-they are on my grocery list for today. Thanks for sharing!

  37. Absolutely delicious cookies!
    Congrats to the winner :)

    US Masala

  38. Wonderful cookie! Definitely the most yummy looking pumpkin cookie I have seen yet:)

  39. WOW lisa! These cookies are so pretty! I also didn't know that hershey's made pumpkin spice kisses! I just bought a new bottle of pumpkin spices and I had to open it in the store I love the smell so much! thank you so much for sharing on the hearth and soul hop this week! All the best! Alex

  40. Glad I bumped into your blog. The cookies looks delicious! I do have a can of pumpkin puree left. I'm sure going to try it out!

  41. These are absolutely gorgeous!! Seriously, how on earth do you make them look like that? Like straight out of a magazine. You are a genius! And yet another great thing to do with pumpkin.

    Thanks for sharing with Dr. Laura's Tasty Tuesday!

    Dr. Laura