Pumpkin Spice Cookies with a Maple Glaze and Food Holidays

This pumpkin spice cookie is a light and sweet seasonal treat. This is not just for people who have been waiting for a year for the pumpkin spiced latte to make a comeback. Whether or you enjoy pumpkin in your coffee this cookie is for everybody.

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October Food Holidays

So I recently stumbled upon this website (foodimentary.com) which lists national food holidays, with national being American as they happen to be more festive than any other nationality as least as far as food is concerned. Just take a look at the Wikipedia page (here) about international food days and you will see what I mean. I had heard of pancake day before though I always thought that was a day a month or a week people cooked breakfast, never would I have thought of there being a day a year assigned to pancakes or any other food. This food holiday calendar could make meal planning unnecessary that is if you are not a health nut. October doesn’t sound too bad overall with it being pumpkin, pizza, pasta and pretzel month. At least the pumpkin is a vegetable and National Kegger Weekend (2nd week of October) will leave you well hydrated. Getting lit clearly doesn’t refer to your pumpkin lantern anymore. Though you would think someone would plan better and make National Pizza and Beer Day coincide with National Kegger Weekend. Some of these “holidays” are quite random, so I recommend taking a look just for fun or to ease you meal-planning.

Pumpkin Spice Cookies with a Maple Glaze

National Pumpkin Spice Day was yesterday so obviously this recipe is a little late, I hope you will forgive me. Had I known that even spices had holidays I would have made this and the pumpkin spice latte yesterday to get into the festive spirit. The more you know. But this recipe still covers more than just one holiday because it is national pumpkin and cookie month, therefore you can have one of these everyday. They are super simple to make and this time of year you will most likely have everything at home, unless you are not a fall and pumpkin fanatic. Then you might have to get either pumpkin puree or a pumpkin to make this seasonal variation of the Half-Moon Cookie (Half-Moon Cookies with Lemon or Vanilla ), though it is definitely worth it.

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Pumpkin Spice Cookies with a Maple Glaze (10 Big Cookies)

Ingredients:
• 100 gr butter
• 100 gr sugar
• 1 pinch of salt
• 2 eggs
• 4 tbl pumpkin puree
• 1-2 tbl milk
• 250 gr cake flour
• 40 gr cornstarch
• 3 tbl baking powder
• 1 tsp pumpkin spice
• 100 gr icing sugar
• 2 tbl maple syrup
• 1-3 tbl milk

Instructions:
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
2. Mix the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and pumpkin spice in a bowl and set aside.
3. Cream the butter and sugar together.
4. Add the eggs and pumpkin puree, mix until smooth.
5. Add the dry ingredients in stages, careful not to overmix the dough. Should it be too dry, loosen it up with a little milk. It should be a little looser than cookie dough but still hold its shape.
6. Drop spoons of dough onto a lined baking sheet, with enough space for them to spread out.
7. Bake for … minutes until golden and leave them to cool completely on the baking sheet before glazing.
8. Make the glaze by mixing icing sugar with maple syrup and milk, it should be easily spreadable with a butter knife.
9. Glaze all the flat surfaces of the cookies and leave them to dry.

Important: Do not stack any leftover cookies to store as the cookies will soak up the glaze.

Obviously (at least I hope so) I have been poking fun at these so called national food holidays, mainly because most of them were invented to market certain dishes and products. Most of them don’t raise awareness on certain issues such as nutrition or the environment the way World Vegan Day does. I never needed to be aware of pizza and dessert, I know they exist. Although it certainly isn’t all bad though, maybe you can make your kids eat vegetables when you tell them that it is a National Mushroom or Broccoli Holiday. National Mushroom day is “real” it was definitely on the list, so broccoli day has to be somewhere. What do you think about these food holidays?

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