Don’t let the word “penuche” throw you. According to Dictionary.com, it’s a type of fudge! You pronounce penuche like [puh–noo-chee]. Exactly how it looks, don’t you think? It’s supposedly a regional thing, popular in places like the southern United States and the New England states. Now in Indiana, too, after all of you get yours hands on this one! Penuche is typically made with brown sugar, cream or milk, butter, and nuts.
Although there aren’t any nuts in the easy to make boiled frosting, the rest of it fits that description perfectly, especially if you choose to include nuts in the cookie dough itself, which is listed as an option. It is prepared much like the fudge recipes in that, if you noticed my mention of it above, it is a boiled frosting. It is just a brown sugar frosting that perfectly complements these delicious pumpkin beauties.
These are a lovely pumpkin cookie. Use a cookie dough scoop to guarantee a uniform appearance. It is one of my most treasured kitchen gadgets and so much easier than using to teaspoons to dole out the dough. In case you are curious (Amazon Affiliate link ahead, and please, take a moment to see how I use Amazon Wishlists to support local), this is the exact cookie dough scoop I own. It is OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop. Think beyond cookie dough. I use this scoop for things like meatballs and no bake cookie dough balls and anything else that I want to have a uniform appearance (and maybe don’t want to have to use my hands).
My husband, Jeremy, and I can’t stop eating these delectable pumpkin cookies. We can’t! Someone take them away! They are so soft and have just enough pumpkin flavor to make me almost ready to welcome in fall. Almost. Okay, not really. I hate saying goodbye to flip-flops, backyard cookouts, front porch swings, and visiting all kinds of parks in the state…but I guess I will get over it eventually.
The only change I made to this awesome recipe from (Amazon Affiliate link) Pillsbury Best Cookies Cookbook (which you absolutely must track down and buy because it is always my go to choice for amazing cookie recipes) is to use pumpkin pie spice in place of the cinnamon only because I was out of cinnamon. How did I manage to do use it all up and not notice? Does anyone else go through mass amounts of cinnamon too? Or am I the only one? Just the same, I think I might just keep the substitution. We love the way they turned out–and so did our two boys.
Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Penuche Frosting
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