Instead, I puttered around in the kitchen making cookies. (One can never be too sick to make cookies, can they?!). I found this very festive and seasonal recipe on my friend's blog with bite. The recipe is ridiculously easy although maybe should be doubled because now I have half a can of pumpkin that I'm wondering what to do with. Also, don't skimp on the chocolate chips! I used a cup and a half and think 2 cups or more would have been... awesome. :)
Also, I found the dough to be a little sticky during the shaping process. I always use a mini ice scoop for uniform size and the dough kept getting stuck.
I decided to make these deluxe pumpkin cookies so I stole a recipe for Maple Butter Frosting from Bakerella. I only varied the recipe in that I used 3 tsp of real maple syrup rather than maple flavouring. I found the icing had a very light hint of maple that complimented the pumpkin and chocolate very well!
So Dennis and my brother Stephen were handy for the taste-test. I set them up with a plain cookie and a frosted cookie and asked for detailed reactions for both.
Dennis: "The frosted cookie is by far the superior cookie."
Stephen: "I like the frosting but it's very rich and sweet so one cookie would be enough. But I could eat a crate of unfrosted cookies. Those are GOOD!"
So there you have it. Boyfriend and brother approved! I think I'll add this to my "to make again" recipe collection.