Sugar cookies are sort of my thing. And after I mastered paleo sugar cookies last year, I continue to update it as seasonally necessary. Yes, sugar cookies are necessary. Ask my kids. You can find my newest iteration in the pumpkin spice cookies version below!
I am unashamedly all about that pumpkin spice. Every year I come up with some new way to squeeze pumpkin into my recipes: pumpkin pasta, pumpkin blondies, pumpkin pecan pie cheesecake… and I think, “Where else can I use pumpkin?”
In pumpkin spice cookies, of course. But not just any cookies. My paleo sugar cookies are a family favorite. I can barely stop myself from running to the kitchen and whipping some up now, just writing about them. But I’m exercising self control because if I do that, you’ll never get this recipe, and you need this recipe.
C’mon, fall, it’s pumpkin spice cookies time!
So here we are, coming up on the end of October, and it was so hot here in Houston today that my kids wouldn’t play outside.
Funny… Mr. Incredible traveled up to the mountainous wilderness of Wyoming last week and frolicked in the snow. He shot himself a big ol’ elk that I can’t wait to get my hands on and cook up. I hear elk meat is some of the tastiest, though I don’t recall tasting it myself.
I don’t think it snows in Houston. Or recognizes fall or winter as official seasons at all. But I’m ignoring that. I made a yummy clam chowder for supper tonight in the Instant Pot, so maybe I’ll just will the weather in from my kitchen. (By the way, the whole family loved that clam chowder, so you can expect to see the recipe soon!)
But I’m also in the mood for things like pumpkin spice cookies and ice cream. Below, I’ll give ya one of ’em so you can make ’em too (even if it is actually cold where you live!).
Preheat oven to 350*.
In a large bowl, beat the ghee on high with a hand mixer, until creamy.
Add the maple sugar, pumpkin spice and baking soda, and beat once more until combined, scraping the sides to mix well.
Beat in the egg, pumpkin puree, and vanilla.
Add the flour and mix with a rubber spatula until mostly combined, then finish mixing with the hand mixer.
Place a large piece of parchment paper on the counter and place the ball of dough on it.
Flatten it out and place another piece of parchment paper on top, then carefully roll it out to 1/4" thickness with a rolling pin. Don't press too hard or the parchment paper will stick. Remove top piece of parchment.
Use cookie cutters to cut out festive shapes, then carefully transfer them to a parchment-lined baking sheet with a spatula.
Space cookies 1-2" apart before baking on the top rack for 10-12 minutes, until edges become lightly golden.
Meanwhile, repeat cookie cutting process with remaining dough by combining dough scraps into a ball and rolling it back out. Bake remaining cookies.
Allow cookies to cool before transferring them to a serving dish.
Frost using one of the options below.
Cream Cheese Frosting
Other frosting options:
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting or Simple Mills pre-made organic and paleo(ish) frosting