"Pumpkin Pie" Shortbread Cookies
Makes 48 petite cookies. If you have time, double the recipe; they'll go fast!
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2½ cups flour - DIVIDED
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ⅓ cup solid pack pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • White chocolate for decorating, if desired
  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and powdered sugar until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add the egg yolk, vanilla, and salt. Mix well, scraping sides of bowl.
  4. Add 2 cups flour (reserve remaining ½ cup for the "filling"), and cornstarch, and mix until completely incorporated.
  5. Remove half of the dough and place it in a small bowl.
  6. To the dough in the large bowl, add pumpkin, brown sugar, ½ cup flour, and spices Mix well.
  7. Roll the vanilla dough out between two large pieces of parchment paper, about ⅛-inch thick, and cut out 6 large circles – about 4-1/2 inches across – using a small bowl, sour cream container, or margarita glass! Place them on a plate and keep them covered with plastic wrap. It’s fine to re-roll the dough as long as you’re rolling it between sheets of parchment. (Alternatively, you can separate the dough into 6 equal balls and roll them out separately between parchment. Any scraps left over are handy for patching up thin spots while shaping pies.)
  8. Separate the pumpkin dough into 6 portions and roll them into balls, then flatten until they're approximately 3" circles.
  9. Working with one piece of each color at a time (keep the rest covered so it won’t dry out) center the pumpkin circle over the white circle. There should be at least ½-inch of white dough showing around the pumpkin. Slowly bring the white dough up the sides. A knife or spatula works very well for this. Don’t worry if it cracks around the bottom edge. This isn’t pie crust! Use your fingers to press and mold the dough (think Play Doh) until it’s fairly straight and even all the way around the top, Press firmly down on the "filling" while you bring the dough around it. The white dough should stick up a little higher than the pumpkin dough.
  10. Crimp the dough all the way around, using the tips of your fingers. Don’t be afraid to press firmly along the sides as you go – this will keep the fluted edge from falling off as it bakes.
  11. With a sharp knife, cut pie into 8 small wedges. Move to an ungreased cookie sheet, spaced at least ½-inch apart. Repeat until the baking sheet is full. The cookies can be quite close together; they don’t spread.
  12. Place baking sheet in the freezer for 15 minutes, or refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  13. Bake for approximately 10 minutes, or until the bottoms are just turning light golden brown. Move to a rack to cool.
  14. When all cookies are cool, add a dollop of melted white chocolate to the top.
Recipe by The Rowdy Baker at http://www.therowdybaker.com/?p=4091