What’s on your list of fun ways to spend a morning? How about hanging out at a bakery?
I spent some time last week at Cutler’s bakery where Curt, Troy and Shaun were working their magic- mixing, shaping and baking up dozens of cookies. They were baking up: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, Brownie Marshmallow and Pumpkin Choco Chip Cookies. I may or may not have had a sample.
We had deep conversations about – The perfect bran muffin. The best bread for sandwich making. Chocolate chips, what brand is best (Guittard). And how to properly form and frost a cookie. Curt and Shaun have their own special knives they prefer to use while frosting cookies. They still hand frost every cookie they sell. You have to love a local business that still makes all of their cookies from scratch.
October = pumpkin cookie season. You’ll love Cutler’s recipe. If you can’t bring yourself to whip up a batch, go see Curt, he’ll sell you a few.
1 cup butter, softened
3 cups sugar
2 cups pumpkin
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
5 cups cake flour*
1 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat butter and sugar together for about 2 minutes or until smooth. Add eggs, pumpkin, vanilla and spices. Continue beating for about 2 additional minutes. Add rest of ingredients to bowl and mix just until flour disappears and all ingredients are combined.
Using a large cookie (or ice cream) scoop, place dough onto parchment lined baking sheets or lightly greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes. Let cool completely on baking sheet before transferring to plate.
-*Cutler’s uses cake flour in all of their cookie recipes. Cake flour will create a lighter texture and a more cake like cookie, compared to cookies baked with all purpose flour.If you do not have cake flour, all purpose flour will work fine. You will have to add up to one additional cup of flour to the recipe (6 total cups of flour).
-Do not flatten the balls of cookie dough after placing on the baking sheet.
-If using a convection oven, you may lower the baking time to 8-10 minutes.