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Baking Beats Cleaning

September 29, 2010

Hey guys! My parents, Katherine, and Sophie arrive in a few hours (if all goes according to plan).  I should really be cleaning, but instead, I spent the morning baking cookies.  Delicious cookies entice houseguests much more than cleanliness, right? If I catch them looking at the piles of dog fur that have accumulated in our corners, I’ll just shove another cookie their way.

And believe me, these cookies are good enough to distract anyone.

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There’s been a bit of an anti-pumpkin movement going on in the blog world lately—people complaining about *gasp* too much pumpkin use!!!

Well, quit your complaining and accept the fact that these cookies are so good, they’ll melt your pumpkin-bashing face off. 

I started with a simple recipe for pumpkin cookies that I found on the internet, and then, just for the heck of it, I veganized it from there.  For your viewing pleasure:

Vegan Pumpkin Cookies with Maple Cream Cheese Icing

For the cookies…


2.5 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

3 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. cloves

1 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. ginger

1/2 cup Vegan butter spread (I use Earth Balance)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 tbsp. vanilla

1 can pureed 100 % pumpkin (Libby’s, etc.)


Combine the dry ingredients (the flour through ginger) in a mixing bowl and mix well with a whisk.

In a standing mixer (or with a hand mixer), combine the butter and sugars and beat until smooth.  Add vanilla and pumpkin, and mix for another few minutes, until combined.  Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet in batches until all is combined. 

On lightly greased cookie sheets, bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until the tops have begun to slightly crack. 

Topping option #1: press a pecan halve into the top of the cookie while still warm.

Topping option #2: Combine 4 tbsp. vegan cream cheese, 2 tbsp. of maple syrup, and 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and beat until smooth.  Once cookies have cooled, top them with the icing. 

Of course, I couldn’t resist doing a combo of both toppings:

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Of course I had to sample a few as well—I wouldn’t want to serve inedible cookies! Luckily, these passed the test with flying colors.  They’re really moist!  The cookies aren’t overly sweet either, which is nice.

Perfect for fall!

Okay…now I really do have to go clean. I’ll be back this evening with dinner details (plus lots of pictures of sweet lil’ Sophie!). 

Hope you’re having a great Wednesday!

21 Comments leave one →
  1. Apicius' Apprentice permalink
    September 29, 2010 6:49 pm

    How can you not like pumpkin puree?! Its fall! We’re all just so excited that the hot weather is finally gone… Oh, and baking always beats cleaning. In my case, today it’s beating laundry 🙂

  2. September 29, 2010 6:52 pm

    sign me up…i’ll take 3 dozen for myself 😉

  3. September 29, 2010 6:53 pm

    Those look great! Might have to make this weekend

  4. September 29, 2010 6:56 pm

    Baking beats cleaning any day! Have fun with your family!

  5. September 29, 2010 7:37 pm

    I think there probably is too much pumpkin going on in the blog world atm..but then that’s cos I’m english and bitter cos we can’t get it 😛
    Saying that however – the cookies look fabulous!

  6. September 29, 2010 7:54 pm

    haha, I’ll have to try baking cookies next time so I don’t have to worry about getting our piles of dog fur up for company! 😉 Great idea!! They look so yummy too!! Have fun with that gorgeous baby girl!! 🙂

  7. September 29, 2010 8:13 pm

    Those look incredible.

  8. September 29, 2010 8:19 pm

    too much pumpkin?!! As IF! Who knew vegan cookies would be so pretty (and, i assume, tasty!).

  9. thehungryscholar permalink
    September 29, 2010 8:35 pm

    There is never too much pumpkin. So, keep it coming.

    Those cookies are so beautiful!

  10. September 29, 2010 8:53 pm

    I love that they’re vegan!

  11. September 29, 2010 8:59 pm

    My tummy just growled!

  12. highonhealthy permalink
    September 29, 2010 9:28 pm

    Mmm.. cookies. I kind of really want one of the cookies with icing on top. I would definitely ignore house mess for one of those pretty creations.

  13. September 29, 2010 11:19 pm

    I love cream cheese icing. Yum. Goes perfectly with pumpkin too.

  14. September 29, 2010 11:36 pm

    These look delicious. Gonna try em out sometime 😀

  15. September 30, 2010 12:05 am

    Aww- have fun with your family! 🙂

    These cookies look great! I also appreciate that there are 2 toppings options 🙂

  16. September 30, 2010 12:15 am

    whos bashing the pumpkin????? bastards.

  17. September 30, 2010 2:26 am

    those look off the rickter scale! anything frosting + cream cheese = heaven!!

    come to san diego and bake for me!!!!

  18. September 30, 2010 4:17 am

    Those looks incredibly fabulous!!

  19. September 30, 2010 4:41 am

    Sheesh, I would never complain about pumpkin use! Just wow, those look amazing!

  20. September 30, 2010 11:26 am

    I am not one of those ungrateful pumpkin complainers…bring on the pumpkin and those cookies!!

  21. greensandjeans permalink
    September 30, 2010 12:35 pm

    I think all the pumpkin haters need to take a chill pill. At least until the newness of Libby’s on the shelf wears off…

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