Braces-Friendly Recipe: Melt-In-Your-Mouth Pumpkin Cookies

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Did you know that the first day of Fall is TOMORROW? The weather may still be summer-hot, but we are looking forward to cozy sweaters, autumn leaves, and of course, all things pumpkin!

Here is a pumpkin recipe that can feel like Fall without making you sweat! These cookies will melt in your mouth, they are SO good. And the softness of these pumpkin cookies will go easy on sore mouths!

Yield: 60 cookies
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes per batch

Ingredients:

• 2 cups butter, softened
• 2 cups granulated sugar
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 2 teaspoons baking soda
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 2 eggs
• 2 teaspoons vanilla
• 1 15-ounce can pumpkin
• 4 cups all-purpose flour

Frosting:

• 1/2 cup butter
• 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
• 1/4 cup milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 3 to 4 cups powdered sugar (add until desired consistency/firmness)
• ground cinnamon sprinkled on top (optional)

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Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl beat the 2 cups of butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, baking powder,baking soda,salt,the 1 teaspoon cinnamon,and the nutmeg. Beat until combined. Beat in the eggs and 2 teaspoons of vanilla until combined. Beat in pumpkin. Beat in as much of the four as you can with the mixer. Stir in remaining flour with a wooden spoon.
2. Drop dough by heaping teaspoons 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until tops are set. Transfer to wire racks to cool.
3. For frosting, in a small saucepan heat the 1/2 cup butter and brown sugar until melted and smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in milk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Beat in powdered sugar until smooth. Spread frosting on cookies. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon if desired.

We got this recipe here: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/cookies/melt-in-your-mouth-pumpkin-cookies/#page=0

And here: http://dearcrissy.com/pumpkin-cookies-recipe/#_a5y_p=5709589

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