Halloween-Themed Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Baking date: October 29, 2013

My organization’s Annual Meeting happens to start on November 1 this year, so October 31 is a travel day for many of us. There is an overwhelming amount of work that goes into prepping for the Meeting. That includes assistance from those who won’t be going, but will be making sure things at the office continue to hum along.

I decided to make Halloween treats to thank everyone who helped, those who would be attending, and those who would be staying behind.

On weeknights, I use boxed mixes to hurry the baking process along. I decided to make pumpkin spice cookies, decorated in a Halloween theme. For these, I used Pillsbury’s Perfectly Pumpkin cookie mix. Just add butter and an egg.

I decorated the cookies in a number of ways. First there were the cookies topped with vanilla icing dyed orange, and decorated with Halloween-themed sprinkles. There were also cookies topped with vanilla icing and dotted with the orange icing using a Wilton #4 tip/ I think they ended up looking like a field of mini-pumpkins on top of the cookies:

Vanilla icing and orange icing dots

Vanilla icing and orange icing dots

Next there were the cookies topped with vanilla icing, and decorated with a cinnamon sugar mix:

Vanilla icing and cinnamon sugar topping

Vanilla icing and cinnamon sugar topping

And finally, there were the spider web cookies.  This is a take on the spider web cupcake design I’d done for a Halloween party. The same technique works just as well with cookies. A dot in the center, a circle around that, and another circle around that. Then, using a toothpick, start in the center and draw the tooth pick down through the icing to the edge of the cookie in multiple lines.

Vanilla/orange icing spider web cookies

Vanilla/orange icing spider web cookies

Spider web cookie - up close

Spider web cookie – up close

The staff loved this. It’s always great to be appreciated – no matter what time of year it is.

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