September 25th, 2007

looking for a recipe - fall pumpkin cookies in fun shapes

Hello fellow vegetable-heads.
I was wondering if anybody had a fabulous recipe they would like to share with me; I'm looking to bake cookies for a friend of mine (who is a baker himself), and I want to be able to use these nifty halloweeny cookie cutters i salvaged out of the back of my mother's cabinets... I'd prefer it if they incorporated pumpkin, but any other fall-feeling type spiced cookie recipe would do. I've made pumpkin cookies before but the batter was such that I don't think it would be conducive to rolling out and using cookie cutters on...
If any more experienced bakers than I have tips or recipes to aid me in my cookie quest they will be much appreciated.

Thank you in advance! !

and happy beginning-of-autumn (~~)

Roastie Ratatouille

Takes 40 minutes, serves 4:

I served this with roasted sweet potato (coated with olive oil and salt and placed on a pan in the oven at 200C/400F for 90 minutes, then served sliced in half and mashed with a little olive oil and a drizzle of maple syrup).

Shepherdess Pie

It has taken me a while to perfect this one but I got it right this time!

1.5c dry lentils
6 red skin potatoes
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1/3 bag frozen peas (and/or corn)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp savory
1/2 tsp thyme
pinch (1/8 tsp?) marjoram
4 tbsp nutritional yeast

Start by cutting potatoes (leave skins on) and boil. Bring lentils to a boil with the bay leaf. While waiting for both to cook, sautee the onion and carrots, then add the frozen peas in the last few minutes of cooking. Remove from heat and add the lentils (with bay leaf removed) and spices. Mix well. Mash potatoes and 3 tbsp nutritional yeast with some of the leftover potato water - reserve about 3 cups and add gradually until desired consistency is reached. Place lentil mixture on bottom of casserole dish and mashed potatoes on top of the lentils. Sprinkle remaining tbsp of nutritional yeast on top. Cook in oven at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes or until hot in the center and potatoes are slightly crunchy on top. Serves six.

ETA: If you like more spice please feel free to double the amounts here but we enjoyed this one with more subtle flavors.
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Cookie toppings?

What are some interesting (as in, not just plain icing) things to put on cookies? I'm donating a batch of cookies to a bake sale to benefit a local shelter, and I wanted to make them extra special to ensure they all get bought up =) (I don't intend to mention that they're vegan, just in case that might scare someone off...)
Any suggestions? (They're sugar cookies.) Thanks!