These melting moments pumpkin cookies are not only adorable, they also taste amazing, are super soft, and easy to make. They are also a great option for a Fall treat for those who do not like the pumpkin spice flavour. These cookies look like pumpkins but the flavour is similar to that of a sugar cookie.
I made these the other day with my two toddlers. My little ones love baking, but love it even more when we add food colouring, The other bonus with this recipe is it does not use any eggs.
My kids and I had a great time baking these cookies and was a great Fall activity to share together.
How To Make These Cookies
Making the Dough
To make these cookies start by whisking together flour, cornstarch, and salt in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
In a large bowl mix room temperature butter and powdered sugar. You can mix by hand, an electric mixer, or in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment on. Mix until butter and powdered sugar are well combined and smooth. Add in the vanilla extract.
Gradually add in the flour mixture and mix until well combined.
Scoop out 3 tablespoons of dough and place in a separate smaller bowl, this will be for the stems of the pumpkins. Add in the green food colouring and mix until well combined. Gradually add in more green food colouring until the get the colour you desire. Set aside.
In the large bowl add in the yellow and red food colouring to make the orange pumpkin colour. If you have orange food colouring on hand you can just use that, but most food colouring sets do not come with orange. Keep adding in more yellow and red until you get the desired orange colour. I find you want to add two parts yellow to one part red to get a nice orange colour. Mix well so all dough is coloured evenly.
Shaping The Cookies
To shape the pumpkin cookies scoop out 1 and 1/2 tablespoons worth of the orange dough. In your hands roll into a smooth ball. Gently squish the dough to flatten slightly. Using your thumb and index finger squish the dough on parallel sides to great an oval. Place on a lined baking sheet.
To form the pumpkin lines use the rounded portion of a fork press it into the cookie four times.Two on the left side and turn the fork and make two indents on the right side.
Pinch off a portion of the green dough, shape into a stem and press it against the top side of the cookie.
Continue these steps with the remaining dough until all the pumpkin cookies are formed. Place cookies 2 inches apart on the baking sheet.
Bake for 11-13 minutes at 350F or until cookies are golden brown on the bottom. Let cookies cool for 5 minutes on the pan before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.
Bake them on your own or bake them with your kids, either way I’m sure you’ll love with these Melting Moments Pumpkin Cookies!
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Melting Moments Pumpkin Cookies
- 1 & 1/2 C all purpose flour
- 1/2 C cornstarch
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 C unsalted butter room temperature
- 1/2 C powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- red, yellow, and green food colouring
- Preheat oven to 350F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a medium sized bowl whisk together flour, cornstarch, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl cream butter and powdered sugar until smooth.
- Add in the vanilla, mix well.
- Gradually add in the flour mixture and mix until well combined.
- Take out 3 tbsp worth of dough and place in separate bowl, this dough will be used for the pumpkin stems. Add in the green food colouring and mix. tart with 1/4 tsp and keep adding more until you get the colour you desire.
- In the large bowl add in the red and yellow food colouring. Start with 1 tsp red and 1/2 tsp yellow. Keep adding more food colouring until you get the orange colour you desire. Make sure the colouring is well mixed into the dough.
- To assemble the pumpkins scoop out 1 & 1/2 tsp of the orange dough. Roll dough in your hands to make it smooth. In your hands, gently push down on the dough to flatten it slightly. Then with your thumb and index finger squish two parallel sides to create an oval shape. Place dough on the cookie sheet.
- To form the pumpkin lines press the rounded section of a fork into the cookie. Do two indents on the right side, then turn fork and to do more indents on the left side (see picture above).
- Pinch of a piece of the green dough and shape into a stem and stick it onto the top of the orange cookie.
- Repeat this with the remaining cookies. Place them 2 inches apart of the baking sheet.
- Bake for 11-13 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown.
- Allow them to cool on the pan completely before moving.