Maple Iced Pumpkin Pie cookies are literally like tiny pumpkin pie treats. Light and airy and deliciously pumpkin. The maple icing ups the game completely for these cookies. I even had a friend say to me just the other day that she may be rethinking the traditional holiday pumpkin pies with these for simplicity sake. They are that good! You really must try them!
Baking the Pumpkin Pie Cookies:
In a large bowl or standing mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs, pumpkin and vanilla. Slowly incorporate all dry ingredients into the creamed butter mixture. Mix well. Using a small scoop (we like to use ice cream scoopers), measure even scoops of batter onto a parchment lined baking sheet spaced about an inch apart. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
Once the cookies are finished baking in the oven, transfer them to a cooking rack. Allow to cool completely prior to adding the maple icing.
For the Maple Icing:
Combine the confectioners sugar, butter, milk, and maple syrup. Stir with a whisk until smooth. Spoon a teaspoon of the icing onto the top of each cookie. Allow the icing to set before transferring to a serving dish.
Two words. Cheese and Potatoes. Put them both together and we are in Heaven! These Cheesy Au gratin Potatoes are melt in your mouth good. An excellent choice for a side dish and really way easier to make than you might think.
Wash new potatoes and thinly slice. You can use a food processor attachment if you like, but we just used the handy kitchen chef knife at there were only 5 potatoes to slice. Try to get all of the slices equal in width so that they cook evenly.
Rinse the potato slices in cold water and pat dry on a clean kitchen towel.
Using a large heavy gauge sauce pan, add potatoes, milk, garlic and butter.
Add spices and cook over medium heat making sure to stir often so that the milk does not stick to the pan. Bring to a boil for 7 minutes.
Shred the fresh parmesan cheese using a regular cheese grater. Freshly grated cheeses seem to melt better than pre-packaged, pre-shredded kinds.
Pour boiled potatoes mixture into a 9"x13" glass casserole pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. We used coconut oil spray.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 35-40 minutes until it is bubbling and brown on top.
Serve as a side dish to your favorite meatloaf, pork chops, or roasted chicken.
This Au Gratin is also wonderfully versatile enough to use with many other types of cheeses. Pick your favorite to substitute instead of the parmesan. Sharp Cheddar, Gruyere, Swiss...have fun experimenting. 😉