Monday, October 8, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

My friend recently brought these delicious mini muffins to my house recently and then shared with me that they were a Weight Watchers recipe using only two ingredients!  Of course, you know I was going to be all over it since apparently it was THAT easy, right??
SOoooo, I decided that I had to make it a little bit of my own and add another ingredient AND top it off with a healthier version of cream cheese frosting.  And here I am, sharing it with you!  Honestly, there are SOOOooo many versions of this on the web I don’t know who to credit so I’m going to say I adapted this from the Weight Watchers version.
Super easy, super yummy, and super low calorie!
Ingredients:
Cookies:
Boxed spice cake mix
1 – 15oz can of pumpkin puree
1 tsp vanilla
Frosting:
1 – 8oz block of 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
4 T maple syrup
1 tsp maple extract
Preparation:
Preheat your oven to 350.
In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, pumpkin puree and vanilla.  That’s all – mix it up real good!
Using a scoop or just a plain ole regular spoon, place spoonfuls (or scoopfuls) of the dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet or parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake for 18 minutes.
While the cookies are baking, grab a small bowl and mix together the cream cheese, maple syrup and maple extract until smooth.  Set aside.
Remove the cookies from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes on the pan and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Once cooled, frost the cookies…and that’s it!  I also sprinkled some pumpkin pie spice on top for added festiveness.  Look at that adorable adorableness:
I honestly could eat the entire batch of these…they are that good.  I think the frosting just puts these over the top!

Nutrition:
My scoops made 49 cookies.
Serving size is one cookie with frosting.
Calories 56 / Carbs 10g / Fat 1g / Protein 1g / Fiber 0g / Sodium 86mg

2 comments:

  1. I've been using the pumpkin puree trick for a few years and it's so awsome! It's really good with chocolate cake mix as well and you don't taste the pumpkin.. just a very moist chocolate muffin/cupcake

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  2. I love pumpkin with chocolate cake, too! Super healthy!

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