Miss Patty’s Iced Pumpkin Cookies with Bittersweet Chocolate, Cranberries and Walnuts

I baked pumpkin cookies for a group of hard working accountants and staff in my husband Scott’s office who are fueled by sugar and caffeine these last few days before the October 15th tax deadline. Adapted from Elinor Klivans book bigfatcookies I added a few extra goodies to these pumpkin cookies including chocolate which is, I think, is really good baked with pumpkin in a cookie, especially warm out of the oven.  This is a fun book with over 50 recipes for gigantic cookies that have peaked my interest.  I’ve always been a fan of a jumbo cookie with a cup of coffee as a meal especially around 2pm when you’ve missed lunch and need a little wake up call for the rest of the afternoon.

I don’t like skimping on the icing so I went the extra step to make sure I covered every nook and cranny on the tops of my pumpkin cookies with a thick pumpkin spiced vanilla glaze.  My dishwasher broke this week so in the middle of icing these cookies the repair man who was speaking in Russian on his Bluetooth trying to find a part for the dishwasher made in New Zealand, which he said I never should have bought in the first place, told me that the part has been discontinued.  I didn’t know they could do that!  So, now I need to order a new dishwasher, does anybody have any suggestions??  I’m looking for a dishwasher that is quiet and really good at cleaning dishes especially ones covered with sticky stuff from baking.

Although we will be hard pressed to find anywhere with better weather than we’re enjoying in the Bay Area this week, I’m getting excited about our trip to Europe and am ready to start packing a week before we leave!  Summer has finally arrived in the middle of October and that’s okay with me.  In spite of the heat I turned on the oven, baked cookies and iced them last night to celebrate and share some of the good things in life.

Ingredients And Directions For Miss Patty’s Iced Pumpkin Cookies
For The Cookies
2 Cups all purpose flour
1 Teaspoon baking soda
1 Teaspoon baking powder
1/2 Teaspoon sea salt
1 Teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, I used Penzeys brand
1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 Cup unsalted butter(1 stick)
1 Cup granulated sugar
2 Large eggs
1 Cup canned pure pumpkin
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 Cup chopped walnuts
1/2 Cup dried cranberries
1/2 Cup bittersweet chocolate chunks
For The Icing
1 Cup powdered sugar
1/2 Teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 Teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, softened and cut in small pieces
2 Tablespoons milk

Make The Cookies
Preheat the oven to 350F
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or silpats
In a medium bowl stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon, set aside.  In the bowl of a standing mixer on medium speed blend the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, a couple of minutes, scraping down the bowl at least once.  Beat in the eggs and vanilla about one minute, scrape down the bowl, beat in the pumpkin and the flour.  Mix in the chocolate, cranberries and walnuts.
Chill the dough for about 30 minutes to keep it from spreading too much.  Use a small scoop, about 2 tablespoons, to form the dough into cookies at least 2 inches apart on the baking sheets.  Bake the cookies about 15 minutes or until the tops feel dry.  Transfer to metal racks to cool.
Make The Icing
In a small bowl mix together the powdered sugar, pumpkin pie spice, butter, vanilla and enough milk to form a thick icing.  When the cookies are completely cool drizzle on the icing and spread with a fork to cover each cookie.  These cookies can be stored in a tightly covered container for up to 4 days on the kitchen counter.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies

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  1. What gorgeous cookies! I love the addition of chocolate to anything. Sorry your dishwasher broke. I wish I had one to recommend, but I am not overly happy with the Maytag that I have.

  2. Hi Patty! I've so missed dropping by here! Love these cookies and I'm so glad you don't like to skimp on the icing either. :) These look fab and your additions are totally welcome. Hope all is well!

    P.S. Our dishwasher was repaired this week–I'm so happy it's working again! :)

  3. Love the look of your icing, especially with the pie spice specks!

  4. Patty – these look SO tasty! My hubby loves pumpkin anything, so I am sure he would adore these cookies. Love, love Europe and so wish I was going away this year, but perhaps next year. Loving this weather, too bad we put away our outdoor furniture cushions aleady due to the rain a few weeks ago. Just have to enjoy this last bit of summer bay area weather. Enjoy your weekend.

  5. I'm envious of your trip to Europe. :)

    These are a delicious combination of flavors…pumpkin with cranberries and chocolate? How can anything go wrong with tasty flavors like that all rolled into one cookie? :) Have a good weekend and safe travels!

  6. These are gorgeous! I love how they're completely covered in icing. I have no accounting experience, but can I work in your husbands office?

  7. These look so good, I love anyone who doesn't skimp on icing. Thanks for the follow on Twitter, so glad it led me to your blog! Your “about” paragraph just makes me want to meet you, you sound wonderfully warm and welcoming!

  8. Patty-what a generous and thoughtful gesture on your part to bake these gorgeous pumpkin cookies for your husbands office staff, and accountants.
    I bet they will go crazy for the yummylicious cookies with the beautiful glaze on them.

    Bookmarking this for the holidays, to make them.
    Lovely photos…as always!

  9. I'm in the mood for pumpkin cookies. These look wonderful. I also like your pear crepes…I'll remember them the next time I make crepes or blini. Great ideas.

  10. I'm sure these were a big hit! I wouldn't have scrimped on the frosting, either…how yummy!!! Have a lovely weekend, my friend~

  11. Scrumptious looking cookies! They had to be a huge hit! Pumpkin cookies and fall just go so well together.

  12. Hi Patty,

    First off I highly recommend a Bosch dishwasher. They clean like a charm plus you don't even know they're running they're so quiet.

    Second your cookies look delicious. I like your additions of chocolate chips, craisins and walnuts. I wish you taken a photo of the I side. I'm sure they must be as pretty inside as they are outside.

    Have fun in Europe !

  13. I know that 2:00 feeling all too well–and wouldn't one of these beauties be the perfect fix? Not that I'd object to eating these cookies ANY time of day! AHM NOM NOM NOM! :)

  14. These look fabulous, Patty! Which I had some right now…

  15. I can't spell this morning apparently…WISH I had some right now…

  16. Patty, I love those pumpkin cookies, and the icing sounds terrific!

  17. Your cookies look amazing! By coincidence I'm baking pumpkin cookies today, although maybe not entirely a coincidence at this time of year.

    And I would recommend a Miele dishwasher. They're a bit expensive, but they're very quiet and I've had mine for ages with no problems at all.

  18. Beautiful cookies! Love the way the icing looks. Never tried choc with pumpkin but it sounds really good.

    I have a Bosch and I love it. Quiet, cleans well and saves water. Before this one I had a GE that cleaned pretty well but it was always problematic mechanically and it was loud even though it was supposed to be quiet. Good luck.

  19. Jumbo cookies and some of my very favourite ingredients will certainly have to be tried by me soon ;o) This was a great choice…and I'm sure your spouse delivered them with pride ;o)

    About the dishwasher…Mine is getting old as well. I have a few friends that swear by a European brand named Miele and Bosch. Hope this helps Patty.

    Ciao for now,

  20. These looks great! Can I have a bit more explanation on how you did the icing, I like the effect. Did you drizzle up and down then use the prongs of the fork to give it that look?

  21. What fabulous cookies in flavour and appearance – so lady like.

  22. Those cookies are beautiful, Patty! Pumpkin and spice is the perfect autumn combo…and I love that glaze too! I could go for a couple of these right now with a cup of tea. ;)

    Hope you have a wonderful vacation!

  23. Hubby and colleagues are so lucky – and these cookies are definitely making anyone's tax returns a lot sweeter. They look fabulous!

  24. Patty, I can only imagine how these cookies taste…cranberry, walnut and chocolate? Yummie!
    Love how you iced them…with all the spices.
    Sorry to hear about your dishwasher…and hope you have a great week ahead :-)

  25. These are the perfect Fall cookie! I would love to swipe up one of these to join my afternoon coffee – dreamy.

  26. Oh that stinks, not the cookies, the dishwasher. Sounds like my vac I just got out of the shop. Both my cousin and friend recently bought a Bosch and love them. Those accountants must be on the same diet I'm one, lol. Hope you are having a great week.

  27. Wow, pumpkin, chocolate, walnuts, AND cranberries? You really did add a few extra goodies didn't you? I would've been happy with just pumpkin and chocolate. These cookies look scrumptious, Patty. Love that you put extra icing on the tops. You're definitely my kinda baker.
    Sorry, no good suggestions on a good dishwasher. We've owned two and I've hated both. Lol. Maybe third time's a charm? ;). Hope you'll get a really great dishwasher with no problems. Excited about your Europe trip for ya. Don't forget the charge the camera! Hope you have a most wonderful trip and safe travels, my dear.

  28. Well…where should I start? You must be so popular in your husband's office !! Getting those cookies, while you're working, must be like “mana” !! I'm sorry about your dishwasher..but appliances are not made to last now!!
    If you come to Paris, and you want to share a coffee, it will be a pleasure for me..For the record, tomorrow, it ill freeze in Paris!

  29. oh wow, that icing looks so goood!!!

  30. Wow, what pretty photos and your cookies sound delish!

  31. First things first: can I sneak into your suitcase?

    But on to the cookies…I just love how you're not a skimper when it comes to the glaze. To get a bit of that sweetness with every bite would be perfect!

  32. Girl, you've got all the flavors of Fall in a few bites! YUM!

    Have fun in Europe! (beyotch!!)

    PS: I have just moved into a new condo with a KitchenAid that is so quiet that I have to put my ear up to it to make sure it's running! Hellelujah! xo

  33. Oh, Patty, so sorry to hear about your dishwasher. A silent and efficient one is on my Christmas list too. Still looking for THE ONE!

    I'm so excited about your trip to Europe, I was there 5 weeks. can't wait to go back.

    finally, these cookies need to be added to my Christmas treat cookies. They sound amazing!

  34. I make a recipe quite similar to this, and I must say that I know, first-hand, how delicious these are! Thank you for sharing, dear friend. I'm so glad that I'm able to type again. Your blog makes me hungry (and of course, it makes me smile!). Much love and warm wishes from Austin.

  35. What beautiful pictures!! These cookies look amazing.

  36. These look so tempting! The photo says it all! Bookmarking the recipe.

  37. Patty these cookies look amazing! I love the ingredient combinations.
    Hope you are enjoying your holiday :)

  38. I swear I can smell these :) They look fantastic!

  39. It's too bad we just missed each other in Paris, Patty! Love the combination of flavors inside those plump pumpkin cookies!

  40. Patty I give you permission to have the turkey sandwich before Thanksgiving, if you promise to have lunch with me soon.

  41. These pumpkin cookies look great! They would be really nice for the Thanksgiving holiday coming up real soon :)

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