Pumpkin itself isn't really the flavor we crave in our cookies — it's the pumpkin spices that have us longing for fall. We like the warm cinnamon overtones along with the hints of allspice. The trick to good seasonal cookies is to get just the right balance of spice and sugar. This week, our judges sampled four different pumpkin-themed cookies with those flavors in mind.
Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent