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Halloween Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies {contributor Lise}

Hello again! Lise here from Mom Loves Baking. Halloween is almost here and have I got a yummy treat to share with you. I should call them Faux Pumpkin Sandwich cookies because there isn’t any pumpkin in them. They are made with Pumpkin Spice Jello Pudding. Have you ever made cookies with pudding? They are so soft and moist, but not cakey. So yummy!

Halloween Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies, These festive cookies are perfect for a Halloween party, football gathering or to cure that pumpkin craving that comes around this time of year.

I found these Halloween chocolate chips in Target and thought they were super  cute. I found the pumpkin spice Jello at Walmart. These are both seasonal items, so if you see them, you better scoop them up quick before they sell out.

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I think this is the most perfect cookie batter I’ve ever made. It’s not too thick and it’s so easy to handle. It doesn’t stick to your hands when you’re rolling the cookie dough into balls. Then I flattened them a bit with my hand and added some extra chips on top to make them look pretty.

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It’s important not to over bake these cookies since they have a filling. You want them to be soft. They will look like they’re not quite done when they come out but will firm up as they cool.

Halloween Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies, These festive cookies are perfect for a Halloween party, football gathering or to cure that pumpkin craving that comes around this time of year.

The filling is my favorite chocolate buttercream recipe. You can use it for frosting cakes or eating right out of the bowl. It’s that good!

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It’s amazing to me that these cookies really do taste like pumpkin with a hint of pumpkin pie spice. It’s not too overpowering though. I just love pumpkin and
chocolate together. How about you? These festive cookies are perfect for a Halloween party, football gathering or to cure that pumpkin craving that comes around this time of year. Enjoy!

Halloween Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies, These festive cookies are perfect for a Halloween party, football gathering or to cure that pumpkin craving that comes around this time of year.

Halloween Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies
 
 
Ingredients
For the cookies
  • 2½ c. (350g) all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 (3.4 oz/96g) box of pumpkin spice pudding (Jello brand)
  • ¾ c. (170g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 c. (220g) brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 T. vanilla extract
  • 1 (10 oz./283g) bag of Halloween Semi-Sweet Chocolate and Orange Colored Morsels
  • (Nestle brand)
For the filling
  • ½ c. (113g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 c.(480g) confectioners sugar, sifted
  • ¾ c. (60g) unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • ⅔ c. (150ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 disposable decorating bag (I used Wilton 16")
  • #1M pastry tip
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda,
  2. baking powder and pumpkin spice pudding mix. Place the butter and brown sugar in
  3. a large bowl. With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat for 3 minutes. Then
  4. add eggs, one at time, followed by vanilla. Beat on medium for another minute.
  5. Scrape down sides. Then reduce to low speed and add dry ingredients. Combine
  6. until just incorporated. Fold in 1 cup of the chocolate chips (reserving ½ cup
  7. of chips for the top of cookies).
  8. Line a large baking sheet with a baking mat or parchment paper. Measure about 2
  9. tablespoons of dough per cookie. Roll into a ball. Space the cookies 2 inches
  10. apart. Slightly flatten the cookies using the palm of your hand. Place about 5
  11. chips on top of each cookie. Bake for 8-10 minutes or just until set. DO NOT
  12. OVERBAKE! Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.
  13. Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Place butter in a large bowl and beat with an
  14. electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. With mixer on low speed, gradually
  15. add half of the sugar and cocoa powder, then half of the cream. Beat on low
  16. until combined. Add the remaining sugar, cocoa and cream. Add vanilla. Beat on
  17. low until combined. Then turn speed up to medium high and beat for 2-3 minutes.
  18. Frosting should be creamy and slightly shiny. If it's dull looking and too
  19. thick, add a little more cream. Try 1-2 more tablespoons, then beat again on
  20. medium for about 30 seconds. Repeat, if needed.
  21. Fill cookies. I used a decorating bag fitted with a #1M tip. You can also just
  22. spread the filling with a spoon or spatula. Makes 10-12 sandwich cookies.

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6 Wonderful Comments

  1. avatar
    AmieJo says:
    October 14, 2014

    We are going to have to try these. They look amazing.

  2. avatar
    Sami says:
    October 14, 2014

    Yum! This another great recipe! Love it!

  3. avatar
    October 18, 2014

    Thank you for sharing this Halloween yumminess at the Thursday Favorite Things blog ho. Watch for your feature on Monday xo

  4. avatar
    October 22, 2014

    Call me Cookie Monster! I *need*one of these cookies right now.

    Thanks so much for sharing on Show Me Saturdays! Hope to see you again this weekend!
    ~ Ashley

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