pumpkin gingersnap cookies

it’s that time of the year again… the pumpkin spice latte is officially out, so we’re calling it fall even if the today's high might be predicted a tad over 100 degrees. (that's how us super southerners mark seasonal changes...starbucks drink offerings.)

since this year my baking list is about a mile and a half long, and it will take me from about now through november to get through them all, today seemed like as good a time as any to get started. these cookies were the perfect recipe to kick off the fall season, they are super flavorful, and not rock-hard like some gingersnaps.

the original recipe calls for them to be rolled in granulated sugar (as shown below), but if you want to sparkle them up [a little somethin' somethin' special] you can add some clear sprinkles.


| ingredients |

½ cup of butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar, plus more for rolling the cookies (or you can sub sprinkles!)
½ cup of pure pumpkin (i used libby’s canned pumpkin)
¼ cup of molasses
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt

| method |

in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until creamy and smooth. add the pumpkin, molasses, egg, and vanilla extract, and mix until well combined.

in a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until combined. cover and refrigerate the cookie dough for at least 1 hour, up to 2-3 days if needed.

when you are ready to bake, preheat oven to 350° f. line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  place sugar (or sprinkles!) in a small bowl. roll tablespoon-sized balls of dough in sugar/sprinkles until well coated and place on prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.

bake for 10–12 minutes, or until the edges are set. the cookies will still be soft when removed from the oven, so let cool on the baking sheet for a 2-3 minutes after removing, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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