08 November 2009

my mom's pumpkin cookies

some of my little sister's friends asked me for my mom's pumpkin cookie recipe, so I thought I would share it with all of you.  these are great!!

1 cup shortening
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teasopoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts

3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 cups confectioners' sugar
  1. preheat oven to 350 and grease cookie sheets.
  2. in a large bowl, cream together shortening, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and white sugar.  mix in pumpkin, egg, and vanilla.
  3. sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt; mix into the creamed mixture.  stir in walnuts.
  4. drop dough by heaping spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets.
  5. bake for 10 to 12 minutes; cool on wire racks.
  6. while the cookies cool, combine the butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.  bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until slightly thickened.
  7. cool the icing slightly, then stir in the milk, and beat until smooth.  gradually stir in the confectioners' sugar until the icing is thickened.
  8. spread the icing on the cooled cookies.

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