[Photographs and original illustrations: Cakespy]

Around this time of year, pumpkin sweets are ubiquitous. Pumpkin spice lattes. Pumpkin cupcakes. Pumpkin cookies. Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin whoopie pies.

You could pretend you're so over pumpkin. Or (better option) you could embrace the seasonal trend deliciously, by baking up some dulce de leche pumpkin sandwich cookies.

The dough is somewhat unlikely on these cookies. It includes cream cheese instead of the more commonly used butter, and yields a fluffy, light cookie which becomes absolutely captivating when combined with a grounding mixture of pumpkin and spice.

These cookies are just fine on their own, but they're twice as nice when sandwiched with rich, smooth dulce de leche. A store-bought variety is fine, but do yourself a favor and buy the fancy stuff—you know, the stuff that's a few dollars more and has a cooler label. It makes a difference.

Long live the pumpkin sweet...until eggnog season, of course.

About the author: Jessie Oleson Moore is a writer, illustrator, gallery owner, and cake anthropologist who runs Cakespy, an award-winning dessert website. Her first book came out in October 2011, and her second book came out in May 2013.


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