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Pumpkin Cookies with Browned Butter Icing

Pumpkin Cookies with Browned Butter Icing

by Pam on November 25, 2012

Seriously – these cookies are SO AMAZING! We were invited to a friend’s house for a post Thanksgiving turkey dinner and I was in charge of dessert. I found a recipe for these cookies on Cooking Classy’s[1] site and couldn’t wait to try them out.  Not only did the pumpkin cookies sound tasty but the browned butter frosting really had me intrigued.  The cookies turned out to be soft which was a perfect combination with the flavorful and sweet icing.  I loved, loved, loved the flavor the browned butter gave to this icing- it was SO GOOD!  Make these cookies and I bet you won’t regret it.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clove in a bowl until mixed thoroughly  set aside. Using a mixer set on medium speed, whip together butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until pale and fluffy, about 3 – 4 minutes. Add in egg, mixing after the addition until combined. Mix in the sour cream, vanilla extract,  and pumpkin puree then mix well. Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until combined.

Transfer the cookie dough to a zip lock bag then cut the tip and pipe 1 1/2-inch rounds onto a nonstick or  Silpat lined cookie sheet, spacing cookies at least 1 inch apart.

Bake in the oven for about 12 minutes until tops spring back when touched. Allow to cool several minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack.

Prepare the browned butter icing. Measure the powdered sugar into a mixing bowl, set aside. Brown butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, swirling pan occasionally.  Remove from heat when the golden brown flecks begin to appear in the center of the foamy bubbles.  Carefully pour browned butter over powdered sugar in mixing bowl, use a rubber spatula to scrape any excess butter and browned bits from pan. Add the half and half and stir mixture until smooth and creamy. Spread over cookies with a spoon.  Add extra half and half, about 1 – 2 tsp at a time, to icing mixture to thin because it will thicken as it sits.  

Store in an airtight container in a single layer in refrigerator and rest at room temperature before serving.



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Pumpkin Cookies with Browned Butter Icing




Yield: 14 large cookies

Prep Time: 15 min.

Cook Time: 10-12 min

Total Time: 30 min.



Ingredients:

Pumpkin Cookies:

1 1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
6 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cups packed light-brown sugar
6 tbsp white sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cups canned pumpkin puree
1 recipe Browned Butter Icing, recipe follows

Browned Butter Icing:

2 cups powdered sugar
5 tbsp unsalted butter
2 1/2 tbsp half and half
1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clove in a bowl until mixed thoroughly set aside. Using a mixer set on medium speed, whip together butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until pale and fluffy, about 3 – 4 minutes. Add in egg, mixing after the addition until combined. Mix in the sour cream, vanilla extract, and pumpkin puree then mix well. Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until combined.

Transfer the cookie dough to a zip lock bag then cut the tip and pipe 1 1/2-inch rounds onto a nonstick or Silpat lined cookie sheet, spacing cookies at least 1 inch apart. Bake in the oven for about 12 minutes until tops spring back when touched. Allow to cool several minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack.

Prepare the browned butter icing. Measure the powdered sugar into a mixing bowl, set aside. Brown butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, swirling pan occasionally. Remove from heat when the golden brown flecks begin to appear in the center of the foamy bubbles. Carefully pour browned butter over powdered sugar in mixing bowl, use a rubber spatula to scrape any excess butter and browned bits from pan. Add the half and half and stir mixture until smooth and creamy. Spread over cookies with a spoon. Add extra half and half, about 1 – 2 tsp at a time, to icing mixture to thin because it will thicken as it sits. Side Note: The icing is very sweet so don’t put it on too thick.
Store in an airtight container in a single layer in refrigerator and rest at room temperature before serving.



Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Cooking Classy

References

  1. ^ Cooking Classy’s (cookingclassy.blogspot.com)
  2. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Sesame Green Beans with Mushrooms and Chestnuts

Sesame Green Beans with Mushrooms and Chestnuts

by Pam on November 28, 2012

I wanted something light and simple to serve with an Asian inspired meal I was making for dinner.  I found this recipe on Taste of Home[1] that I adapted to suit my tastes.  It was a very quick side dish to make and it was so delicious.  I loved the combination of flavors and textures and we all thought the sauce was delicious.

Preheat the olive oil and sesame oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms to the HOT pan and let them sit for 2 minutes before flipping them to brown on the other side for 2 minutes. Add the minced garlic, green beans, and water chestnuts; season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Combine the water, soy sauce, sugar, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; mix well.  Pour the sauce into the pan and cook the green bean mixture for 3-4 minutes, or until the green beans and tender-crisp.  Remove from the heat and serve with sesame seeds sprinkled on top. Enjoy.



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Sesame Green Beans with Mushrooms and Chestnuts




Yield: 4

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 10 min.

Total Time: 20 min.



Ingredients:

5 oz button mushrooms, sliced
2 tsp canola oil
2 tsp sesame oil
3/4 lb of green beans, ends trimmed
1 small can of sliced water chestnuts (liquid drained)
2 small cloves of garlic, minced
2 tbsp water
4 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp sugar
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Sesame seeds

Directions:

Preheat the olive oil and sesame oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms to the HOT pan and let them sit for 2 minutes before flipping them to brown on the other side for 2 minutes Add the green beans and water chestnuts; season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. Combine the water, soy sauce, sugar, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; mix well. Pour the sauce into the pan and cook the green bean mixture for 3-4 minutes, or until the green beans and tender-crisp. Remove from the heat and serve with sesame seeds sprinkled on top. Enjoy.



Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Taste of Home

References

  1. ^ Taste of Home (www.tasteofhome.com)
  2. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Long Grain and Wild Rice with Mushrooms and Shallots

Long Grain and Wild Rice with Mushrooms and Shallots

by Pam on December 12, 2012

I wanted to make a quick and easy side dish to serve with the chicken I was making for dinner. I grabbed a box mix of wild rice and decided to kick it up a notch. I sautéed some mushrooms and shallots then topped them off with a bit of butter and soy sauce before mixing them and some fresh parsley in with the prepared wild rice mix. This dish couldn’t have been easier to make and the added mushroom and shallots made the rice taste so much better!

Prepare the rice per instructions.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add the mushrooms then leave them alone for 3-4 minutes before flipping them with a spatula; add the shallots and cook, stirring often, for 2-3 minutes. Add the butter and soy sauce to the pan and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.

Once the rice has finished cooking, mix in the mushroom mixture and most of the parsley then gently fluff with a fork to combine the mixture.  Sprinkle the top with the last bit of parsley. Serve immediately. Enjoy.



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Long Grain and Wild Rice with Mushrooms and Shallots




Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 30 min.

Total Time: 35 min.



Ingredients:

Box of wild rice mix, prepared per instructions
1 tsp olive oil
6 oz of button mushrooms, sliced
1 shallot, sliced
1 tsp butter
1-2 tsp soy sauce
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Directions:

Prepare the rice per instructions.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add the mushrooms then leave them alone for 3-4 minutes before flipping them with a spatula; add the shallots and cook, stirring often, for 2-3 minutes. Add the butter and soy sauce to the pan and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.

Once the rice has finished cooking, mix in the mushroom mixture and most of the parsley then gently fluff with a fork to combine the mixture. Sprinkle the top with the last bit of parsley. Serve immediately. Enjoy.



Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

 

References

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