Eat Up: Stella Barra’s Pumpkin Spice Cookies

I’ve had these amazing cookies before. I’m not a fan of pumpkins or pecans, but believe me when I tell you that these are RIDICULOUSLY good. So when Daily Candy decided to put up the RECIPE for these babies, I had to share!

Pumpkin Spice Cookies with White Chocolate, Cranberries, and Pecan Brittle
Makes about two dozen

1 c. room-temperature unsalted butter
1 c. granulated white sugar
1 c. dark brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. dark molasses
1 c. canned pumpkin puree
1½ tsp. orange zest, finely grated
3 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
¾ tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground cloves
1 c. white chocolate chips
1 c. dried cranberries
½ c. pecan pieces, toasted
Pecan brittle for garnish (recipe follows)

1. Cream together butter and sugars in mixer using the paddle attachment.

2. Beat in the eggs one at a time, and scrape down the bowl.

3. Add pumpkin puree with vanilla, molasses, and orange zest. Mix until incorporated.

4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, soda, salt, and spices.

5. Add dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture on low, scraping down the bowl until the flour mixture is incorporated.

6. Add remaining ingredients and mix just until evenly combined.

7. Portion the dough using a 2-oz. scoop and place on a parchment paper-lined sheet pan.

8. Bake at 325° for 8-10 minutes. Rotate the pan and bake an additional 5 minutes.

9. Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle each cookie liberally with pecan brittle.

10. Return cookies to the oven for 1-2 minutes, until the brittle has melted slightly into the top of the cookies. Allow to cool completely before serving.

Pecan Brittle

½ c. pecan pieces, toasted
½ c. granulated sugar
1/8 tsp. salt

1. In a sturdy pan, caramelize the sugar until amber brown.

2. Turn off the heat, add the pecans and salt. Stir to coat.

3. Immediately turn out the nuts onto a sheet pan lined with parchment and allow to cool completely.

4. Once cooled, pulse in food processor until brittle is broken into fine pieces.

Stella Barra


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