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Pumpkin spice icebox cookies and monster hot chocolate

October 30, 2011

Icebox Cookies and Monster Hot Chocolate

We were hit by a freak snowstorm this weekend, which really put a wrench in our pumpkin carving plans.  Several inches of heavy, wet snow kept us inside, but we warmed up with some monster hot chocolate and these icebox cookies.  Don’t you love the eyeball marshmallows in the hot chocolate?  I poked mini chocolate chips into a mini marshmallows and voila!

The cookies are a pumpkin spice refrigerator cookie.  I colored the dough with a little orange food gel and rolled it into a log before rolling the whole thing in black decorating sugar.  To keep the log from getting a flat side while chilling in the fridge, I cut a paper towel tube down the middle and placed the dough inside it.

Hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween!  Boo!

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Recipe:  Pumpkin Spice Icebox Cookies

(from Martha Stewart)

1 c. unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 c. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
2 large egg yolks
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour, sifted
1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, and salt until light and fluffy. Add yolks, one at a time, scraping the bowl after each addition. Add vanilla. With mixer on low, add flour and pumpkin pie spice; mix just until combined. Roll into a log, then gently roll log in decorating sugar and wrap in plastic wrap or waxed paper; chill until firm, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Unwrap log and slice into 1/4-inch-thick rounds.  (Dental floss is the perfect tool for slicing the cookies!)  Place rounds on cookie sheet and bake 12-14 minutes.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 30, 2011 9:52 am

    So cute! Wasn’t that snowstorm crazy? We didn’t get more than a dusting here, but 30 minutes up the road they had to break out the shovels!

  2. A Tablespoon of Liz permalink
    October 30, 2011 10:11 am

    These cookies look so good! And I love the little eyeballs in the hot chocolate, so cute!

  3. October 30, 2011 10:47 am

    what FUN! we’ll make these – thank you!!

  4. October 30, 2011 4:45 pm

    love love LOVE the eyeball marshmallows. I’m totally stealing that one!

  5. October 30, 2011 9:29 pm

    Happy Halloween! I can’t get over how cute that ensemble of cookies and hot chocolate look together….and of course yummy too!

  6. October 31, 2011 11:07 am

    Snowstorm?!? Yikes. Thanks for the eyeball marshmallows idea. Brilliant!

  7. October 31, 2011 4:11 pm

    The eyes are so cute Michelle, my kids would love this!

  8. November 1, 2011 12:48 pm

    someone told me to use dental floss to slice cinnamon rolls, and we’ve been using it for similar baking tasks ever since. but don’t use mint flavored floss! cheers!

  9. November 1, 2011 6:27 pm

    that’s a clever idea and a fine way to adapt to sudden snow!

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