Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies with Maple Cream Cheese Icing {Recipe}

When it comes to autumn baking, it is hard to go wrong with pumpkin and cream cheese.  Add a little maple to the mix and you’ve got yourself a little piece of fall-licious yumminess right there in the palm of your hand.

The girls have been begging for weeks to make cookies with frosting, while I’ve had a major craving for all things pumpkin.  As it turns out, it was the perfect combination.

Cookie Ingredients
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
1 15oz can pumpkin
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
3/4 c. evaporated milk
3/4 c. chocolate chips (optional)
 
Icing Ingredients:
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 8oz package cream cheese
1/4 cup real maple syrup
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
   

1.  Mix dry ingredients–flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, & spices–in a medium bowl until well blended.

2. Beat butter & brown sugar on medium-high speed 2-3 minutes, until pale and fluffy, then mix in eggs and beat in well.  Add pumpkin, vanilla, & evaporated milk.  Beat on medium until well blended.

3.  Add dry ingredients to wet mixture and beat until blended.  Stir in chocolate chips, if desired.  Mixture will be runnier than “regular” cookie dough–more like thick cake batter.

4.  Using cookie scoop, drop uniform balls onto parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.   Bake at 375 degrees for 11-14 minutes, until cookies are slightly springy.

5.  Remove cookies from oven; let cool for a minute or two, then transfer to wire cooling racks before they have a chance to stick to the parchment paper.  (Note:  The cookies by themselves will be a little on the salty side, which (I think) is the perfect compliment to the sweetness of the icing.  However, if you plan to make only the cookies with no icing, you may want to cut the salt to 1 teaspoon and add an additional 1/2 cup of brown sugar.)

6.  For icing, beat butter & cream cheese at high speed until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.  Mix in maple syrup and beat another minute.  Add powdered sugar and beat again until fluffy and smooth.

7.  To make sandwiches, spread approximately 1 tablespoon icing onto the backside of one cookie, then press 2nd cookie on top of icing.  Makes approximately 3 1/2 dozen sandwiches.

Mmmmmmmmmmm……

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What’s your favorite thing to bake this time of year?

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  • Debbie September 26,

    These look quite yummy! Glad to see you are back, missed you, your posts, vidoes and shopping trips! Can’t wait to see more of your recipes and ideas!

    Reply
  • Susan September 26,

    Oh my those do sound good! I love sweet things that are also a tad salty–reminds me of salted caramel. Yum! Thanks for the recipe!

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  • Denise September 26,

    I’m drooling as I make my grocery list….

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  • Jacque @theDIYvillage October 2,

    These look fabulous. Im going to have to add these to my must make Fall list! Thanks so much for sharing :)

    Reply
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