Well, folks, we’re 39 days shy of Christmas and you know what that spells for us. Cookies, cookies, and more cookies! Can you believe the amount of these delectable sweets that goes around this time of the year? Cookies from neighbors, cookies from friends, cookies from co-workers, cookies from family! It seems like the moment holidays roll in everyone we know get their inner Betty Crocker on.
And yes, I am down there with everyone else! Come December every year, I put on my raggedy apron and bake up dozens of batches to take to parties and to give out as gifts. I love giving out homemade goodies and I find nothing more heartwarming than the sight of my recipients as they happily sink their teeth into something I made with TLC.
I don’t really have the mad baking skills to take on such an endeavor but with Betty Crocker by my side, I come out shining like a pro. 🙂
Betty Crocker’s cookie mixes are so easy to use, I can have my holiday baking done quickly and stress-free! Just add softened butter, egg, and water to the cookie mix and I have a ton of scrumptious goodies to spread Christmas cheer with.
Our favorite spot for groceries and household essentials is our neighborhood Walmart. The store carries a lot of the products we use at home and that includes Betty Crocker. We went over the weekend to pick up a few baking supplies and I was just blown away by the huge variety of Betty Crocker’s cookie mixes available!
I was planning to make brookies and as you can see from my shopping cart, I already had the chocolate chip cookie and brownie mixes I needed. But when I passed by that whole shelf overflowing with Betty Crocker’s cookie mixes, my baking plan took a wild shift!
There were so many choices, I couldn’t make up my mind! From old favorites such as Peanut Butter, Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip and Sugar cookies to holiday limited edition flavors such as Gingerbread, Snickerdoodle, Salted Caramel, Sea Salt Hazelnut, and Molasses, I sure can’t wait to try them all.
After much internal debate, I finally decided on the Pumpkin Spice Cookie mix. It’s Fall, after all. It’s the season for pumpkin and spice and everything nice. It’s the perfect time for pumpkin spice cookies with caramel cream cheese frosting. 🙂
May I say my pick of the day was spectacular? The comforting aroma of pumpkin spice wafting in my kitchen as the cookies baked can’t be beaten! The cookies! Soft, moist and bursting with pumpkin flavor, they were an absolute bliss. And don’t even get me started with the caramel cream cheese frosting! Fluffy, creamy and loaded with salted caramel taste, it was a match made in heaven.
I just haphazardly spread the cookie tops with the frosting but you can certainly pipe it on if you want to get a little fancy. You can even sandwich the frosting between two cookies if you like or just dip the cookies in the frosting as you go. The world is your oyster, my friends.
The caramel cream cheese frosting makes about 1 cup, enough to frost 24 cookies and a bit to spare for eating with a spoon. Which I guarantee you would. 😉
Make sure to visit Betty Crocker’s homepage for more holiday inspirations. Enjoy!
Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 (17.5 ouncepackage Betty Crocker Pumpkin Spice Cookie Mix
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons water
For the Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
- 4 ounces cream cheese room temperature
- 2 tablespoons butter room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 tablespoons caramel sauce or dulce de leche
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- In a bowl, combine pumpkin spice cookie mix, butter, egg, and water. Stir together until soft dough forms.
- Using a tablespoon or a 1-ounce cookie scoop, drop dough 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 375 F oven (or 350 F for dark or nonstick cookie sheefor about 10 to 13 minutes or until edges are set. Cool for about 1 to 2 minutes before removing from cookie sheet. Allow to cool completely and then spread tops with the caramel cream cheese frosting.
For the Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
- In a bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter for about 1 minute or until smooth and creamy. Add the caramel sauce and vanilla extract and continue and beat until combined. Add powdered sugar and continue to beat for about 2 minutes or until fluffy.