I told y’all to get ready for pumpkin!
The inspo for these cookies come from the very popular lemon ricotta cookies I posted back in 2018. The lemon version is consistently a top 3 favorite of web visitors. It’s gotta be the texture of the dough, and brightness of the lemon. The ricotta cheese in these cookies make them the perfect combination of fluffy yet cake-y, sort of like a pillow. Difficult to describe but easy to eat!
Regardless, it’s one of my all-time favorite cookies. So hence the idea to turn lemons into pumpkins!
For something that sounds kind of fancy these cookies are really pretty easy. The only thing you have to a lot some time for is allowing the batter/dough to chill. But it’s worth it for these yummy pumpkin pillows!
Ingredients - yields 48 cookies
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 (15-ounce) container whole-milk ricotta cheese
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
A dash of allspice
Cream Cheese Icing
1 cup pumpkin cream cheese at room temp - I buy from Trader Joe’s
1/4 cup crème fraîche - substitute plain yogurt if you can’t find crème fraîche
1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice - optional but I like the extra flavor
Cookies: In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Then in a plastic bowl combine the butter and the sugar. Beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
Add the eggs, 1 at a time, mixing between additions until well incorporated. Add the ricotta cheese and pumpkin puree. Beat to combine.
Fold in the dry ingredients, small amounts at a time.
Tightly cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. If I don’t have overnight to wait I improvise by putting the dough in the freezer for about 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 375F.
Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop the dough (about 1 tablespoon for each cookie) onto the baking sheets. Bake 10 minutes or until cooked through but still pale. (Note - they go from done to burnt really quick, test with a toothpick at 8 minutes). Remove from the oven and let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 15 minutes. Continue with the remaining dough.
Cream cheese icing: Combine all ingredients into a bowl. Using a hand mixer beat until everything is well combined. Taste and adjust to your liking. The crème fraîche is optional, I added it to lighten up and thin out the icing. The cookie is light so I didn’t want a heavy thick icing.
After the cookies have cooled, top with icing and if you are feeling a little extra sprinkle a on some cinnamon for flare.
1. Cookies: I have to use the top racks in my oven, all cookies on the bottom rack burn.
2. Icing: You could definitely make your own icing by using plain cream cheese and adding more pumpkin puree and extra spices. I was at Trader Joe’s and saw the pumpkin flavor so I went for it.
3. You can make batter/dough up to 2 days prior to using. But keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator.