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Ingredients:

Cookies:

  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour (280g)
  • ½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon (1.3g)
  • ¼ Teaspoon Salt (1.5g)
  • ¾ Cup Butter or Margarine, Softened (150g)
  • ½ Cup Sugar (95g)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 ¾ Teaspoon Pumpkin Spice Extract (8ml)

Icing:

  • 16 oz. Confectioners’ Sugar (453g)
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 2 Teaspoons Water
  • Food Coloring in Fall Colors (Red, Orange, Yellow, etc.)

 | Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Directions:

  1. Sift together flour, cinnamon, and salt; set aside. Cream sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat just until well incorporated. Mix in the pumpkin spice extract.
  2. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture all at once and beat until combined. Flatten the dough to 1 inch thickness and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1-2 hours or until easy to handle.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F with oven racks at center positions.
  4. On a floured work surface, roll out the dough to ¼ inch thickness. Cut with leaf or Fall themed cookie cutters. Transfer cookies to parchment lined baking sheets, setting them about ½ inch apart. (Re-roll dough scraps as needed.)
  5. Bake cookies for 9 minutes, rotate baking sheets, then bake an additional 3-5 minutes or until edges are slightly golden brown. Transfer cookies to wire racks and let cool completely before decorating.
  6. To prepare the icing, beat the egg whites and water until frothy. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time while continuously beating at low speed. (Add 1 teaspoon of water if needed to make desired consistency.) Divide icing and tint with the colors of your choice. (Cover icing with plastic wrap when not in use.)
  7. Spread or pipe a thin layer of icing over each cookie. Dot cookies with a different colored icing and blend with a toothpick for a swirl effect. Let the icing dry completely, 15-20 minutes, before serving.
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I rolled over onto my back in frustration, yelping when something dug into my spine. Reaching around, I felt that it was a knot. I was still wearing Henri’s shirt.

I untied it and, despite how absurd it was, pulled it up to my nose. Of course. Of course he smelled like cinnamon and honey and vanilla. Of course he smelled like dessert.

Stupid Swendish baker with his stupid spices.

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