You can feel the seasonal shift into Fall upon us. So why not talk about one of the most popular desserts from our state. We know that Connecticut is known as the Nutmeg State so it just makes perfect sense that these soft pumpkin spice cookies, that are made with this warm, aromatic spice are considered Connecticut’s quintessential dessert. What's great about this old-fashioned cookie recipe is that it's not overly spicy and the pumpkin flavor is complimented by the sweet, vanilla flavored glaze that is drizzled on top.
Historically, Connecticut's early settlers, known as ''nutmeggers'' were known to hand-make and sell wooden nutmegs, and yes, that's where they obviously got the name. While adding nutmeg into a cookie recipe isn’t the strangest ingredient you could use, it is an acquired taste.
We know this hearty recipe for these old-fashioned pumpkin cookies wouldn’t be as good without the state’s name-sake ingredient. Nutmeg is also used in seasonal beverages such as; eggnog and mulled cider.
Here's the delicious Pumpkin Spice Cookie recipe from The Daily Meal.
''Ingredients: 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg, ½ teaspoon ground cloves, ½ teaspoon salt,½ cup butter softened, 1 ½ cups white sugar, 1 cup canned pumpkin puree, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, 3 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
Next, in a mixing bowl slowly cream the butter and sugar together. Then add in the pumpkin, egg, and vanilla to the butter mixture. Mix till creamy. Slowly add in the dry ingredients. Get a baking sheet and place the dough by the spoonful. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven.
While the cookies are baking, prepare the glaze by mixing together the confectioners’ sugar, milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Once the cookies are done baking, let them cool and then drizzle the glaze on top.''