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This recipe (adapted from Allrecipes.com) appeared in Trader Joe’s Tuesday (Holiday Edition) on 25 Nov 2008

Iced Pumpkin Cookies2–1/2 cups all–purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1–1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup canned TJ’s Organic Pumpkin
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
TJ’s Candied Pecans (optional)
TJ’s Chocolate Sunflower Seed Drops (optional)
Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.

In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Refrigerate the dough for 15 minutes. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then drizzle glaze with fork. Or, dip entire top half of cookie in icing and set on a wire rack. If using optional toppings, place or sprinkle on top of icing before too long to assure adhesion.

To make the icing, combine confectioners’ sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling consistency.

WI wine recommendation: Since the Wine Imbiber is wearing the chef’s apron for the Thanksgiving turkey this week, I’m going to give him a break and make the recommendations myself. First off, you don’t necessarily need to drink wine with these cookies. They’ll be great with coffee, tea or even hot chocolate. But if you didn’t have your fill of wine with dinner, I can recommend a couple of things to try. Pairing a dessert wine with spicy, pumpkin flavored cookies can be challenging, but I’m up to it. The trick is to find a wine that will reflect the brown spices of the cookie. The best choice would be an aged Sherry, with its sweet spice character and warm, nutty flavor. Another option would be Vin Santo, which is an Italian dessert wine. It, too, has a nutty character and would be a good choice if you like to dip your cookies in wine.