Sunday, October 28, 2012

Two Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Are you all tired of the pumpkin and fall things on this blog yet? No? Great. Because today I have the simplest fall recipe possible that would be the perfect thing if you have to bring a last minute treat to work for Halloween or something. Of course they'd be good anytime after Halloween as well. And if you REALLY aren't tired of pumpkin flavored things, then I have one other recipe to share with you for some awesome pancakes that could be easily made without the pumpkin. But back to the cookies! These aren't a new idea and I did not come up with them. I think Mom actually told me about these once, but I've also seen them all over the internet. They really do require only two ingredients for the cookies. However, if you want to frost them, you'll either need to make or buy your frosting (I recommend cream cheese icing).

The two ingredients are:
1 box spice cake mix
1 (15 oz.) can of pumpkin

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
The first thing I would do (and I did NOT do this, but should have) is sift the cake mix. I had a really hard time getting the clumps out and it is quite obvious in my finished cookies.

Add the can of pumpkin to the sifted cake mix and stir until it is well mixed.

Still lots of cake mix chunks.

Use a cookie scope or a couple of spoons to drop the batter on to cookie sheets lined with either parchment paper or non-stick mats. Bake for 13-15 minutes.

Transfer the cookies to a rack to cool, then top (or sandwich) with icing if desired.

That's all! These cookies are super soft, cakey and oh so delicious. I made them pretty small so every time I ate one I didn't feel too guilty. Of course after eating about 10 in a day, I ended up feeling guilty after all. Below are the options I tried for icing the cookies. The sandwich ones ended up being a little bigger than I wanted, so I iced most of them just on top.

Option 1: Scoop a big dollop of icing on the bottom of one cookie, then top it with another cookie. Excessive? Yes. Did I still eat a couple like that? You betcha.

Option 2: Pipe a little swirl of icing on the bottom of one cookie then top with a second cookie. Much less icing than option 1, but still a pretty big cookie bite.

Option 3: (Seen at the back of this next picture) Just pipe a little swirl on top of one cookie and call it good. :)

We've been staying pretty busy around here. I was out of town a couple days last week for work. On the days I was home, I primed and painted the piano room and now I'm starting to work on the cabinets we got off Craigslist to use as the base of a built-in book shelf in there. It's a little slow going in there and with a ton of work to still do, it might be a while before there is a final result to show ya'll. Yesterday we also added a small flower bed around one of the trees in our front yard and planted a bunch of bulbs. Hopefully they all pop up in the spring! Coming up this week I've got a couple of Halloween cakes in the works. One will be for Joe to bring to work and one will be for the chili cook-off / Halloween potluck at my office. So I'll definitely be showing y'all those. Now it's time for me to go make some marshmallow fondant for these silly Halloween cakes. I hope you all have a great week and a Happy Halloween. Make these cookies! :)


  1. These look delicious, and super-easy. I think I will have to give them a try.
    Aunt Audrey

  2. I'll have to make these for my host-family, looks pretty fool-proof.