Third Annual Pumpkin Week in Spring Day Five: Black and White Pumpkin Cookies

24 May


It ain’t a good meal if there isn’t dessert at some point. Seriously. I HAVE to have dessert every day. Just like I have to have a bedtime snack. I need a bedtime snack. I’ve practically broken up with a guy because he never had food at home. Sometimes I like my bedtime snack to be followed by it’s own special dessert. Considered breaking up with someone over that too.

Get yer mind out of the gutter Cliffy!

I am en route soon to do my second show with my improv group, Commonwealth at the Neon Venus Theatre, so I best be getting out of the gutter and into the game.

Then when the night is over I shall have rum, and maybe, just maybe, a cookie.

Incidentally, these cookies are not really black and white. They are black and beige (from the cinnamon) and orange. The world ain’t just black and white and has much more than just variants on the color grey.

Crud, I was headed back into the gutter there.

Black and White Pumpkin Cookies adapted oh so slightly from the Joy the Baker Cookbook by Joy Wilson
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup applesauce
1 15 oz. can of pumpkin
1 tsp. vanilla
White Frosting:
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. light corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Up to 1 tsp. water
Chocolate Frosting:
2 oz. (about 6 Tbsp.) oz. bittersweet chocolate chips (I used Ghiradelli)
1 heaping Tbsp. butter
Pinch salt
1 Tbsp. light corn syrup
Heat the oven to 325 F, line a baking sheet or two with nonstick foil.
Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. In another bowl whisk your eggs and sugar. Put some muscle into it, you want it to get jut slightly lighter in hue. Then whisk in pumpkin, applesauce and vanilla. Fold in the flour mixture until totally incorporated. Dollop by heating tablespoons onto the sheet and spread to a 2-inch circle. Bake, start checking around ten minutes doing the clean toothpick test. When you stick it in the middle and it comes out clean, take them out if the oven and put pan on a wire rack for ten minutes, then grab a spatula and move cookies to the wire rack to cool.
Whisk powdered sugar, corn syrup, vanilla and cinnamon, adding water drop by drop if necessary until it is spreadable.
Melt the chocolate and butter. I put my chocolate in the microwave for 2 minutes at 50 percent power, then add butter and stir. Continue to zap at 50% for shorter periods of time, stirring when you stop, until it is melted. Add the salt and corn syrup.
Turn the cookies over so you are putting the frosting on the flat side. Spread on, half and half, then give them some time for the frosting to get firm. Teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony. Then eat.

11 Responses to “Third Annual Pumpkin Week in Spring Day Five: Black and White Pumpkin Cookies”

  1. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl May 25, 2013 at 7:58 am #

    I’m from NY so I love my black and white cookies, but I totally endorse this pumpkin flavor added in! What a great idea!

    • Ellen May 25, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

      Glad to have a New York approval! I wish I could take all the credit but Joy the Baker should get the glory for coming up with the idea!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting:)

  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks May 25, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    Ive seen these cookies in Joy’s book and have always wanted to try them! I should put them on my list. I love that you’re using pumpkin in the spring. Me too. Just haven’t blogged about it!

    • Ellen May 25, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

      I’m glad people aren’t turned off by the “autumn food” in spring! You should definitely give these a whirl. You and I can start a wicked awesome springtime pumpkin trend:)

  3. Nadiya @ Milk and Honey on the Run May 25, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    Woaa! Pumpkin cookies… I’ve actually never had any before. I think I’ve done the whole baked pumpkin oatmeal thing but never real cookies. Totally will be trying this 😀

    Best of luck with your performance 😉

    Oh and yeah… I eat dessert (mainly chocolate) literally everyday. Can’t live without my dark chocolate 😛

    • Ellen May 25, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

      Yep, dark chocolate is often my bedtime snack too!;)

      Sent from my iPhone

  4. Sabrina Bolin (@MyMiBoSo) May 28, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    Why must I kick my sugar habit before you post this! WHY???? Maybe it was because I was indulging in dessert after EVERY meal…just a wee bit excessive, I suppose 😉

    On another note, how much do I love reading about your improv adventures? (Answer: A lot.)

    • Ellen May 28, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

      Aww, sorry to put sugar in front of you! Maybe stevia could work instead? I promise less sugar, more acting in my next post. How much do I adore hearing from Sabrina? (Answer: a ton!) Sent from my iPhone

  5. Ameena May 28, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    I need my bedtime snack too…it’s like a sad little addiction that I can’t get rid of!

    These would be perfect for bedtime.

    • Ellen May 28, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

      Yes, they would be a lovely evening snack! And they have pumpkin so you can claim you had vegetables for dessert:)

      Sent from my iPhone


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