Pillsbury’s Pumpkin-Faced Sugar Cookies

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Not to be confused with Pillsbury pumpkin-flavored cookies.  It’s only October 17th and my local Kroger was already very eager to get rid of this “shape and bake” treat and had discounted them to “10/$10.” Okay, I’ll take one package for one dollar. 

I’m not going to write “baking these cookies couldn’t be simpler!” because obviously having someone else bake them for me would be easier. But I will tell you I probably could bake them blindfolded.  Actually, I could probably bake them without even trying, accidentally even, if I tripped, tore open the package, and hurled the cookies into an open oven. 

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I put down wax paper on the pan just to feel like I was making some effort.

I remember when I was little thinking that Pillsbury sugar cookies were of a reasonable circumference. Now they are the size of checkers and lend themselves to be eaten by the handful. 

To slow down my rate of consumption I made them into sandwich cookies with store-bought frosting. (Please, like I’m going to waste homemade icing made from unpasteurized milk and Irish butter on these things.)

It worked and I only ate six. 

Pillsbury Pumpkin Cookies With Cream Cheese Chips

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I don’t expect much from Pillsbury in terms of baking products around Halloween (recipes–that’s a different story altogether).  Their pumpkin print cookies are nothing more than sugar cookies imprinted with cheap dye and for similar reasons, their ghost cookies probably scare me in a way that isn’t intended.  New this season, however, is a pumpkin with cream cheese chips style of separate-and-bake cookie. “All right, Doughboy,” I thought to myself when I spotted it on sale at my local Randall’s.  “I’ll give you another chance.”

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The flavor is vastly superior to  that of any other non-chipa-fied type of cookie (e.g., oatmeal, sugar) I’ve tried from Pillsbury.   With strong squash notes with ample support from cinnamon and nutmeg, this product is essentially a mild pumpkin pie in cookie form.  If that was all that Pillsbury promised, well, then, it’d be an easy win. The supposed inclusion of cream cheese chips, however, created a reasonable expectation that there would be more than, like, two to a cookie.  Not the case.  Doughboy, I don’t regret my purchase, but next time around amp up the chip-to-dough ratio.