Baby it’s cold outside! Denver’s forecasted high is 2 degrees today. I am so thankful to Santa for bringing us a heated blanket. I know we (and our kitty) appreciate the warmth on these bitter cold nights.
The holidays are typically a time of reflection for me. I think about what I have accomplished (or didn’t accomplish) during these last 12 months and make new goals for the new year. I also remember to show my appreciation to my family and make sure they feel the same warmth and love they make me feel, especially during these cold days. I also love to share in memories with my friends and extended family here in Colorado. There is nothing like cozying up to loved ones and talking over a mug of something warm.
If you love a cup of spicy chai tea as much as I do, then you will love these cookies. They have just enough spice to make everything nice and the pumpkin flavor really comes through too. I hope you enjoy and have a splendid new year!
Preheat your oven to 350°. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Beat in pumpkin, egg, and vanilla until creamy, then mix in dry ingredients until just combined.
Drop tablespoons of batter onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake cookies for 15–16 minutes, or until they begin to have just a hint of golden brown around the edges. Remove from oven and cool complete before frosting.
For the icing: Melt butter in a saucepan and add milk. Steep chai tea bags in the liquid for 5 minutes, then discard. Combine together with sugar, vanilla, and milk, and mix until a smooth icing forms. If the icing is too thick, add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until you have a smooth, velvety glaze.