The cookie recipe is VegNews Recipe Club's most recent dispatch, Pumpkin Spice Cookies. (If you're not already subscribed to the Recipe Club newsletters, I recommend you become so forthwith.) These were the obvious cookie choice, as it's autumn and that's when pumpkins rise from their spookypatches and cause all sorts of mischief for peaceful folk, and especially for misshapen, parentless children. Having a batch of pumpkin cookies cooling by the window is guaranteed to keep the maleficent squash at bay. But enough Christian mythology; it's cookietime.
First of all, these cookies are easy to make in spite of their wild ingredients. (Chocolate-covered raisins? And chocolate chips? In the same cookie? VegNews says, confidently, "yes.") Second, making them was educational, teaching me a few things which I've listed below. Finally, they taste good. They're not mind-blowing; they're subtle and sophisticated--even with the chocolate covered raisins. Oh, and finally-finally, I actually found all of the ingredients which I didn't have on hand at my local health rip-off market. That's kind of a first.
So, education. Here are some things I learned by making Pumpkin Spice Cookies:
- Parchment paper can be reused several times
- While the "back of a spoon" is definitely an effective Martha Stewart technique for flattening cookie dough, the cookies I flattened with my "front of the palm" had a more earnest and appropriately rustic appearance. But if you're going to frost them (I didn't), using a lightly greased silicone spatula can be an effective, impersonal technique, especially suitable for e.g. a Professor of Robots.
- If you're spending too much time screwing around and drinking wine and smoking out on the soccer field between batches, you can refrigerate your dough to keep it firm and maleable until you get back.
- You can toast shredded coconut on some tinfoil in your preheating oven. Takes about 6 minutes and you need to keep mixing it around to brown it evenly and prevent it from burning.
- 350 degrees F doesn't sound that hot, but it's more than enough degrees to induce pain and possibly damage in careless human flesh.
- Some cookies taste better after they've cooled for a while. (And that's obviously my opinion about these.)