New Hampshire's state fruit is the pumpkin. New Hampshire loves their pumpkins so much that the town of Keene holds a Pumpkin Festival every October. In 1992, the festival set the world record for the most jack o'lanterns lit at one time - 1,628! That's a lot of pumpkins! But, wait! The festival topped their own record 7 more times. The current record holds at 29,762 pumpkins! Here's a photo from the Pumpkin Festival - check out the wall of lit pumpkins!!
Photo from http://www.pumpkinfestival.org/
Pumpkin is one of my favorite things to bake with. When fall comes, I can't wait to buy my local grocery out of canned pumpkin (I've yet to try to roast and puree my own). The smell of pumpkin bread, cake, cookies, muffins and pie fill my kitchen every weekend. Last year, at our town's farmer's market, I won the Scarecrow Festival Pumpkin Bake-Off with my Gingerbread Pumpkin Mousse Trifle. I was so stinkin' proud of myself, I think I walked on air for the remainder of the day.
Enough with the pumpkin love fest - onto the cookies.
These cookies encompass all I love about pumpkin baking. The moisture the pumpkin adds, the warmth of the spices and the sweetness of the sugar. I think these cookies would be pretty darned awesome with a cream cheese frosting....a caramel cream cheese frosting....a cinnamon caramel creem cheese frosting! Yum!! Alas, I didn't have cream cheese in the fridge, so I left my cookies naked. To be honest, they don't need a frosting - they're quite yummy the way they are.