Yay, I’m baking again! I know, it’s been a while since my last post and I feel really bad about it. Apparently some of my friends started counting the days. Oops. I don’t even have a good excuse. I actually feel pretty nerdy about it. See, I got the latest Batman video game for my birthday and that’s pretty much all I’ve been doing. Yes, nerd. But enough saving the world for awhile, my oven needs me. That and I finished the game so I’m over it but whatever, my ovens need me. Today’s cookie celebrates the fall season and my love for argyle vests. Delicious and easy-to-make Argyle Pumpkin Cookies:

Argyle Pumpkin Cookies
 

makes 8 cookies
Ingredients
  • for vanilla dough:
  • 2 sticks of butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • for chocolate dough:
  • 2 sticks of butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder

Instructions
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light in color and fluffy in texture. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Split the dough in half. Add yellow food coloring to one half and orange food coloring to the other half. Mix each half with 1½ cups of flour on low speed until the dough comes together.
  2. Roll out your dough between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 350°F.
  3. To make chocolate dough, mix flour and cocoa powder in a bowl and set aside. Cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light in color and fluffy in texture. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Add cocoa flour mixture and mix until the dough comes together. Roll out your dough between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  4. Unwrap your yellow and orange dough. Using a small diamond-shape cookie cutter, cut out a bunch of shapes. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside.
  5. Unwrap your chocolate dough and cut out pumpkin shapes using a large cutter.
  6. Using the same small diamond cutter used earlier, punch out diamond shapes out of the pumpkin and replace them with yellow and orange dough pieces.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes.
  8. To replicate the look of argyle, add dot details with royal icing.

Let’s start by making the dough:

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light in color and fluffy in texture. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Split the dough in half. Add yellow food coloring to one half and orange food coloring to the other half. Mix each half with 1 1/2 cups of flour on low speed until the dough comes together. Roll out your doughs between pieces of plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 350°F.

To make the chocolate dough, mix flour and cocoa powder in a bowl and set aside. Cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light in color and fluffy in texture. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Add cocoa flour mixture and mix until the dough comes together. Roll out your dough between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and refrigerate.

 Unwrap your yellow and orange dough. Using a small diamond-shape cookie cutter, cut out a bunch of shapes. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside so they don’t dry out:

If you don’t have a diamond-shaped cutter, I am using one from this Ateco set:

Ateco Geometric Shape Cutter, Set of 24

I use these guys all the time. Well worth the expense (and Christmas is right around the corner).

Unwrap your chocolate dough and cut out pumpkin shapes using a large cutter.:

To create the argyle pattern, we are going to insert the yellow and orange pieces into each pumpkin cookie. To do so, start by scoring a straight line into each pumpkin with a pairing knife. We will use that line as a guide:

Using the same small diamond cutter we used earlier, punch out diamond shapes out of the pumpkin:

 Fill the holes with yellow and orange dough pieces:

Bake your cookies for 12 minutes.

To replicate the look of argyle, we are going to use dots of royal icing.

Here are the different steps:

Tadaaaa!!!