Southern Living

This adorable sweet treat is the perfect complement to your Thanksgiving holiday weekend. No time to bake a homemade pumpkin pie from scratch? These cute pumpkin pie shortbread cookies are the dessert you need. Or if you did have time to bake a homemade pumpkin pie, but you’re trying to keep little hands off it until Thanksgiving Day, these treats are ideal to hold them over until it’s time for the fancy desserts post-Thanksgiving dinner.

These easy cookies start with shortbread cookie dough. Buy premade from the store or use our Slice-and-Bake Shortbread Cookies recipe for a homemade dough that won't disappoint. Roll the dough out to ½-inch thickness, and cut into a circle. The easiest way to get a perfect circle is by placing a small bowl on the dough and tracing around it with your knife. Then cut the dough circle into wedges, which will be your pumpkin pie “slices.” You can also leave the dough in circles, if you'd like to create whole "pies" from your cookie dough!

Pop them in the oven for a few minutes, and let them cool completely before icing. For a professionally done-looking iced cookies, we like to use our recipe for Royal Icing. Separate the white royal icing into three small bowls so you can mix different colors. In one bowl, add maple extract, and in another, add brown gel food coloring. In the third bowl, mix red, yellow, and brown gel food coloring for that straight-from-the-oven pumpkin-pie color. The kids can help you mix the colors, but it’s probably best if you handle getting the icing into piping bags. If you don’t have piping bags, you can snip off a corner of a zip-top plastic bag. We have to admit though, for these little cookies, having piping tips would make the prettiest result.

To ice the pumpkin pie shortbread “slices,” start with an orange outline around the edges. Next, you’ll “flood” the icing. If that doesn’t sound familiar, we have a tutorial video to help you out with flooding your icing. Once your cookies are all filled in, add a “pie crust” and some “cream” with the other icing colors, and you’ve got one cute Thanksgiving dessert.

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