These sugar cookies are loaded with fall comfort

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Are you one of those people who waits all year for pumpkin spice season? This year, you're definitely in luck! These pumpkin spice sugar cookies are loaded with those warming fall spices in both the cookie base and the frosting.
Contrary to popular thinking, pumpkin spice cookies don’t actually contain any pumpkin. What they do have is all the spices you’d add to a favorite pumpkin pie: cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. The best part is you can get all of those flavors in one spice blend! These cookies are a sure-fire winner for a crisp fall evening or a cookie patter for a friend.
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Pumpkin-spice sugar cookies
Makes about 2 dozen cookies
15 minutes
10 to 15 minutes
25 to 30 minutes
For the cookies
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
For the frosting
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 to 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
Heat the oven to 350 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until pale yellow and fluffy.
Add the egg, pumpkin spice and vanilla, and beat to incorporate.
Add the baking soda, cream of tartar and salt, and then add the flour in 2 or 3 batches, beating each batch of flour to combine well.
Use a medium cookie scoop or a small ice cream scoop to form dough balls about 2 tablespoons each. Arrange the dough balls on the prepared baking sheets with space in between to allow for spreading.
Bake the cookies for about 10 to 15 minutes, just until the bottoms begin to turn golden brown.
Remove the baking sheet from the oven, and let the cookies cool for about 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
While the cookies cool, make the frosting.
In a medium bowl, beat the butter until smooth and pale. Add the remaining tablespoon of cream if needed.
Add the salt and slowly add the confectioners sugar, beating until the mixture is crumbly.
Add the vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and 2 tablespoons of the cream. Beat until the frosting is smooth.
Spread the frosting on top of the cooled cookies.
Dust with pumpkin spice while the frosting is still wet (optional).
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