pumpkin-shaped sandwich cookies

I couldn’t pass up a $1 pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter from the craft store. Normally, when I buy cheap cookie cutters, well, you get what you pay for – sloppy edges and rounded corners that resemble some type of cookie shape. You’re just not sure what. At least it’s still a cookie. That’s the great thing about baking.

I had a really great feeling about this cookie cutter. And while I know I’ll only use it once this year, it was worth it, because these cookies were fantastic.

Pumpkin Cookies

See below for ingredients and printable instructions.

In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the melted butter and sugar together until you get a custardy look.

Whisk

Add the egg and the vanilla extract. Continue whisking.

whisk egg

Once blended, begin mixing in the melted chocolate chips, until they’re fully combined and you get a nice, smooth chocolate texture.

add chocolate

Slowly fold in the flour mixture until well combined and you get a thick dough ball.

add flour

I switched to a wooden spoon here. You want your dough to look something like this.

chocolate dough ball goodness

On a piece of wax paper, roll the dough flat. You want it to be about 1/4 inch thick. Then let it firm up in the firm up in the fridge for about fifteen minutes. If you’re having a hard time rolling the dough flat, stick it in the freezer for a few minutes.

roll it flat

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

After the dough has set, pull it out of the fridge and get to work with that cookie cutter.

cookie cutting

You can ball up the extra dough and roll it out flat. If it gets too gooey, just stick it back in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes.

Cookie Doughcookie cutouts

Place them about an inch apart on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. These cookies spread a little. Bake for 20 minutes.

Let them cool before you add the frosting.

frosted cookie

I added about a tablespoon in the middle and Smush!

For the Filling
Beat all of the ingredients until they are soft and creamy. Add food dye until it looks like this (or desired color).

orange filling

These cookies are great for Halloween. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a good picture of the baked pumpkin shapes. I was too busy eating them.

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pumpkin-shaped sandwich cookies
 
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Yields: 12 3-inch sandwiches or 24 cookies
Ingredients
Cookies
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups semisweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 egg
Frosting
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1½ cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. milk (I used almond milk)
  • red and yellow food coloring
Other Things
  • Whisk
  • Wax Paper
  • Parchment Paper
  • Cookie Cutter
Instructions
For the Cookies
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the melted butter and sugar together until you get a custardy look.
  3. Add the egg and the vanilla extract. Continue whisking.
  4. Once blended, begin mixing in the melted chocolate chips, until they're fully combined and you get a nice, smooth chocolate texture.
  5. Slowly fold in the flour mixture until well combined and you get a thick dough ball.
  6. On a piece of wax paper, roll the dough flat. You want it to be about ¼ inch thick. Then let it firm up in the firm up in the fridge for about fifteen minutes. If you're having a hard time rolling the dough flat, stick it in the freezer for a few minutes.
  7. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  8. After the dough has set, pull it out of the fridge and get to work with that cookie cutter.
  9. Place the cookies about an inch apart on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. These cookies spread a little. Bake for 20 minutes.
  10. Let them cool before you add the frosting.
For the Filling
  1. With an electric mixer, beat all of the ingredients until they are soft and creamy.
  2. Add food dye until it reaches the desired color

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