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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Pumpkin Cookies

image from coppergifts.com

I realize that just about everyone makes pumpkin shaped sugar cookies this time of year, decorates them with orange and green frosting, M&M eyes, a candy corn nose and a licorice smile, but these aren't sugar cookies... these are actually pumpkin cookies. My mom made them for my class parties all through elementary school. The recipe is actually for Pumpkin Cookie Pops, you know, with a wooden stick in them... I'm not that good.

Sort of like this picture ... but with candy decorations.

Halloween Pumpkin Cookies


1 1/3 cup each shortening and butter or margarine

1 ½ cup each packed brown sugar and granulated sugar

4 eggs

4 tsp vanilla

7 cups flour

3 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

5-6 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Assorted candy decorations


Beat together the shortening, butter and sugars until creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until blended. Stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice; gradually add to the creamed mixture, beating well to blend. Cover dough and chill until easy to handle.

Roll our dough (a portion at a time) on a floured surface about 3/8 inch thick. Cut with Pumpkin shaped cookie cutters. Transfer cookies to ungreased baking sheet, placing them about 2 inches apart. If dough becomes too soft, wrap and chill.

Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes (10 on stoneware, 9 on darker sheet), or until very lightly browned. Cool. Spread with orange icing and decorate with candy corn eyes/noses, licorice mouths, etc.

Icing: 1 cup powdered sugar and about 3 tsp milk. Tint with orange and green (stems) food coloring. 2 boxes of powdered sugars ices about 35 large cookies.


wendys said...

I'm confused.. the recipe doesn't list pumpkin as an ingredient, just the pie spice. Are they really pumpkin cookies?

Nance said...

when i say "these are actually pumpkin cookies," i mean that they aren't just plain sugar cookies... they have pumpkin flavoring to them.. .hence the pumpkin pie spice. they don't have real pumpkin (or canned pumpkin in them). I don't think they would roll out and cut if they had real pumpkin in them. I made some with canned pumpkin and white chocolate chips a couple of weeks ago and they were very moist and crumbly. Sorry to mislead. It's just that all pumpkin shaped cookies I've ever had are just regular sugar cookies. These are not. I guess technically they are probably more of a pumpkin sugar cookie.

Jamie said...

Fall. The time of year where I like to plump up real good.

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