Google Amy's Cooking Adventures: Great Pumpkin Cookies

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Great Pumpkin Cookies

One of my favorite fall cookies from my childhood are Great Pumpkin Cookies.  My mom made them for many years when I was young, but stopped as my brothers and I grew older.  Once I started having my own children, I asked my mom for the recipe so I could pass the tradition down.  These cookies are fun because kids can help decorate by using raisins, chocolate chips, candy corns, or sprinkles to make jack-o-lantern faces!

I adjusted the recipe slightly, replacing one cup of the white flour for a cup of whole wheat flour.  This is a fun fall treat with more of that yummy pumpkin!

Great Pumpkin Cookies

1 cup Libby’s pumpkin
1 egg
1 cup margarine
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup oatmeal
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ginger
¼ tsp cloves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper (otherwise cookies will stick to the pan, I learned this the hard way).

Cream butter, sugar, and egg.

Add all other dry ingredients and mix well.

Use two teaspoons or a cookie scoop to drop cookie dough onto prepared cookie sheets.  To shape into pumpkins, add a little extra dough near the top for stems.

Bake 20-25 minutes.  Cool completely before frosting.

Decorator Frosting
2 ½ cups powdered sugar
3/8 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
1 tsp vanilla
¼ tsp salt
¼ cup water

Mix ingredients together, adding water slowly to desired consistency (careful, it gets really runny, really quickly).  Mix until fluffy, use food coloring to tint to desired colors.

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