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It's fall (pumpkin) season
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Pumpkin snickerdoodle-icious cookies

This seasonal twist on a classic cookie will make you ready for fall and everything that comes with. The sweetness of the cinnamon and sugar combined with just the right amount of pumpkin creates a soft, almost pie-like center that might lead to a whole other batch in the oven. Which is perfect, since each batch only uses just less than half of a can of pumpkin puree.

You probably already have most of the ingredients at home, except maybe a couple spices and the pumpkin puree. But it’s time to stock up on that, anyway.

Prep time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook time: 12 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 32 minutes

For the cookies
- 3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup granulated (powdered) sugar
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ¾ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 large egg
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
For the sugar coating
- ½ cup sugar (regular or granulated, depending on what texture you want…I use regular)
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. ground cardamom
- Dash pumpkin pie spice (this and cardamom both optional but adds more pumpkin flavor)

Combine dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg) in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.

Mix wet ingredients (butter, sugar, brown sugar) in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low-medium. Add pumpkin puree, egg and vanilla and mix again. Add dry ingredients mixture 1/3 at a time and mix on low until just combined. Cover and let chill in fridge for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk together ingredients for sugar coating in a shallow bowl. Roll cookie dough into 1 ½ inch balls and roll around in the sugar coating until fully covered. Place cookies on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Lightly press on each cookie to flatten slightly. You should be able to fit 12 cookies on each sheet.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until tops don’t look “wet” anymore. Cookies will continue to set once out of the oven, so don’t wait for them to fully harden while baking. Remove to a cooling rack after a few minutes.

Now that it’s officially fall, it’s time to break out the costumes and spider webs and rake up those colorful leaves. But what is any season without its annual themed drinks and desserts?

Get ready for a tasty tornado of pumpkin-flavored everything, from coffee to beer, from main courses to addicting appetizers. You can find almost anything with a pumpkin twist, and some grocery store items may be combinations you have never imagined.

But if you want to narrow it down, or to find some of the best pumpkin-kissed treats locally or within a quick trip, check out The Covington News’ Top 5 Pumpkin Foods.

Pumpkin and pumpkin pie donuts at Dunkin Donuts

- While this isn’t a local steal, it’s just down the road in Covington and offers an unbeatable, glazed taste of fall.

o 3153 Hwy. 278 NE, Newton Plaza, Covington
o Cost: $1.06 each

Pumpkin muffins from Bread and Butter

Tuesday’s menu listed these delicious treats first, and there’s a reason why, and those reasons can be breakfast, lunch or dessert.

o 1153 Monticello St. SW, Covington
o Cost: $1.95 each

Pumpkin ice cream from Scoops

Along with many other fall-themed snacks, from caramel apples to chocolate to chocolate-covered Twinkies, the ice cream tastes like pie in ice cream form.

o 1131 Church St. SE, Covington
o Cost: $2.80 for one scoop

Pumpkin spiced latte from Argyle’s Coffee House or Square Perk

While people are flocking to Starbucks for this famous seasonal recipe, you’ll be better off trying either of these local spots for a latte that tastes great upon just smelling it.

o Argyle’s Coffee House: 2021 Main St., Porterdale
o Square Perk: 1105 Church St., Covington
o Cost: $3.15/$3.65/$4.15 for a latte (pictured, large), $3.65/$4.15 for an iced latte, $3.90/$4.35 for a frozen latte at Argyle’s
o Cost: $4.50 for a latte at Square Perk

Pumpkin beer from The Cork or Bradley’s Bar-B-Que

Bradley’s has Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale and some homemade pumpkin pie crunch, and The Cork has a selection of beer brewed with pumpkins, including Southern Tier Brewing Company’s Pumking. Take your pick.

The Cork: 1109 Church St. SE, Covington
Bradley’s: 1160 Church St. SE, Covington
o Cost: $8-$12 at The Cork
o Cost: $4 a beer, $1.99 a slice of pie at Bradley’s