Pumpkin Cookies

Posted on November 24, 2008 
Filed Under Cookies and bars, Garnishing, Holiday cooking

I’ve made these twice now… both times they were inhaled in a short amount of time. They are great with applesauce. Have you ever tried cookies with applesauce? I hadn’t until my husband introduced me to that combo after we were married. The girls LOVE the frosting. When I saw that these cookies take caramel frosting, I thought ‘No way. It’s gotta be cream cheese frosting’, but I decided to try them with caramel frosting after all and it turned out to be a good decision.

By the way, it’s nearly Thanksgiving… are you cooking a Thanksgiving dinner at your house? I’m not. We’re going away for dinner. I’m just planning to bring something to go with the meal, like a salad. I just went to put a link to the post with the recipe of one of my favorite salads and realized I have not featured it yet! It’s the Robust Italian Salad pictured on this post. It’s SO good and you DO need to have the recipe, so be looking for it within the next week or so! It’s got homemade croutons, and just before serving, you toss it with Italian dressing. I’m also planning to make a pumpkin pie this week. I want to try a Custard Pumpkin Pie from a ‘blank’ cookbook that my grandma hand-wrote recipes in for me. This pumpkin pie recipe was given to her from my great grandma. Mixing my nostalgia with my cookbook collection, a couple of the cookbooks I own are PRICELESS. The pumpin pie recipe is in this cookbook next to the Brown Sugar Pie, which is also passed down from my great grandma. Mmmm, just seeing that brown sugar pie again makes me hungry for it!

Ok, back to the pumpkin cookies with caramel frosting…

I got this recipe from my friend Freida… This recipe is 1 cup of this and 1 tsp. of that for most of the ingredients… if you ever want to memorize recipes, this would be a good one! 😉 Is there any recipe that you make so much that you’ve got memorized (I don’t mean made-up stuff, like you dump-and-bake cooks do 😉 )? From age about 12-17, it was pancakes for me. Not sure if I was the chief pancake-maker or what, but I knew the recipe. Now, it’s Raspberry Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls and Red Lobster Biscuits and maybe a couple others, but that’s all I can think of right now.

Pumpkin Cookies

Printable recipe

1 cup Crisco
1 cup sugar
1 cup pumpkin
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt

Cream shortening and sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients.

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. (Freida said, “I only baked them for about 12 minutes and they were perfect.” And now I add, “Me too.”) Spread caramel frosting on top. Also good with cream cheese frosting.


Caramel Frosting
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Combine brown sugar, butter and milk and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for 2 minutes.

Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla. Cool to lukewarm, then gradually beat in the powdered sugar until frosting reaches spreading consistency.
The more powdered sugar you add, the faster it will harden. I made the frosting while the first batch of cookies was in the oven. It took forever to cool to lukewarm… next time, I’ll either make the frosting ahead of time or make the cookies while the girls aren’t around! “Mom, is the frosting ready yet?… 20 seconds later… “Is it ready now?”… :)

My mom gave us some little leaf sprinkles, so we used them on the cookies for a bit of garnishing. We (er, they) sprinkled them on right away before the frosting hardened.
Lexi was explaining this picture to someone and here’s what she said, “We were sprinkling sprinkles on pumpkin cookies with delicious frosting. At first, I sprinkled a little bit so I needed more and then Tiffany came and she wanted to sprinkle some on too. At first she was sprinkling on too many sprinkles, but then she got better at it. And then she patted it down and got her hands all messy.” Yup. That’s pretty much how it went. 


12 Responses to “Pumpkin Cookies”

  1. Shannon on November 24th, 2008 1:13 pm

    I’d be hungry for some of those again!! :)

  2. Shannon on November 24th, 2008 1:13 pm

    With Coffee!!

  3. Shannon on November 24th, 2008 1:14 pm

    I’m coming over!

  4. Freida on November 24th, 2008 1:35 pm

    Now I’m hungry for them, too. :-) Can I come over, too?? I’ll bring the coffee.

  5. Kay on November 24th, 2008 2:35 pm

    You guys are out o’ luck! They are SO gone! :) But hey, we can always make more! If you didn’t live an hour away, I’d insist on it. 😉

  6. Aug on November 24th, 2008 4:20 pm

    Those cookies look really good. Jeremy really likes caramel stuff, esp. if it is in icing form! Anyway, wondering how ya’ll are doing down there in Ohio? Doesn’t sound like we are coming back for Christmas this year. Recipes that I have memorized (or pretty much anyway) are my chocolate chip cookies and my meatball recipe.

  7. Karen on November 24th, 2008 8:11 pm

    I made these tonight. Yummy! Rondyn actually liked them best without icing!
    Memorized recipes…..pizza crust, after today, butterhorns…ok not really but I am sick of them!

  8. John the Pirate - Arrr! on November 24th, 2008 10:45 pm

    Good post, I like your writing style! I’ve added http://kitchenscrapbook.com/ to my feed reader, and will be reading your posts from now on. Just a quick question – did you design your header image yourself, or have it done professionally? If you had it done by a professional, who was it?

  9. Kay on November 25th, 2008 6:55 am

    John the Pirate – I designed the header myself. But my husband figured out how to get it up on the page (with all that HTML jibberish).

  10. Joanna on November 25th, 2008 5:16 pm

    Mmmmhmmmm. I need to make these again. [Is that my scales that I hear, screaming, “Nooooooo!”?]

  11. Shannon on December 1st, 2008 3:24 pm

    Hi! I just wanted to stop by and let you know I enjoy reading your blog. I too have a cooking blog (http://tryingtobebettycrocker.blogspot.com/). I made the Pumpkin cookies today and linked your blog from that post. I hope you dont mind. They were very good cookies! Thanks!

  12. tammy salehi on December 2nd, 2008 9:30 pm

    I just made these and they are delicious! Thank you! :)

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