Day: 14 Nov, 2014

Pumpkin Pillow Cookies

This is, in my books, the best time of the year to indulge in baking and baked treats. Wait, I err. Second best time of the year, by just a smidge, next to Christmas.  When deathly masks and skeletal structures make way for pine cones, mistletoe, and glitter.  Loads of glitter.  And tinsel.  With explosions of cracker red everywhere. When temperatures drop and carols (albeit, at times, so mashed up in the name of “remix” that I cringe) reclaim airtime.  That time of the year when fragrant whiffs of Mace and Nutmeg permeate the air, right alongside Cinnamon and, insert big happy smile here, Pumpkin. In order for you to fully appreciate my ardent love for that ribbed cultivar of the squash, you must first recall that hailing from Borneo, the only pumpkins we had were those on jackets of storybooks, cooking magazine covers and the telly. Growing up, we would voraciously devour tales of jack-o-lanterns; of the ill-fated Ichabod Crane and shattered pumpkins; of fairy godmothers and mistreated beautiful young women. That’s all we …