Sunday, September 13, 2015

Detroit Lions Pumpkin Sugar Cookie Stadium

I wanted to try a pumpkin sugar cookie recipe I found on Pinterest (http://www.cookingclassy.com/2014/09/pumpkin-sugar-cookies-cinnamon-cream-cheese-frosting/) and the kids wanted to make something for the Lions game today, so we compromised and came up with this stadium. 

The sugar cookies with cinnamon/cream cheese frosting are delicious! 

Ingredients: 
3 cups flour
2 tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup Crisco baking stick
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1 cup can pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla

Frosting:
4 oz cream cheese, softened
4 tsp butter, softened
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp milk

Mix the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger in a bowl. Set aside. In a stand mixer whip the butter, sugar, and Crisco together. Add in the egg yolks. Then mix in the pumpkin and vanilla. Place the dough in the freezer for an hour. (This isn't necessary, but it will make the cookies a lot easier to work with if you want to shape them at all.) 
Meanwhile, David worked on his motor skills by separating sprinkle colors so we had the right colors for the Lions and Charger fans. 


After the dough has chilled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Place a scoop of dough on the pan and shape to the size you want. Bake cookies for about 9 minutes. Then cool on a cooling rack. 


For the frosting, whip the butter and cream cheese together. Add the cinnamon, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. We frosted the football shape cookies and the cookies that would represent the stands with the colored sprinkle fans. (We used blue and silver for the Lions and blue and gold for the Chargers.) 

Then I colored the frosting green and blue. I finished the cookies with the green and blue frosting. Even though the Lions are away this week, we still thought putting a Lion on the field would be best. 


They love to have fun with food!