Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pumpkin cookies!

Pumpkins and fall go together like peanut butter and jelly or . . . any other twin metaphor. So, of course, since the day we brought in 44 pumpkins from the garden a few weeks ago, I've been dying to make yummy pumpkin cookies!!

Here's the recipe I tried, and pictures of my process :)

Pumpkin Drop Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup canned pumpkin
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (instead, I recommend 2 teaspoons cinnamon, plus 1/2-1 teaspoon each allspice, nutmeg, & cloves)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)


In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars. 

Beat in egg. Add pumpkin and vanilla.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon (and other spices, if you prefer) and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. (Stir in pecans.)

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets.  
Bake at 350° for 11-13 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
Remove to wire racks to cool.
I recommend putting paper towels under the cooling rack,
or your counter ends up looking like this!

We (my husband Parker and I) tried this recipe with several different add-ins. After tasting with and without frosting, here are the results:
Dried cranberries: Yummy w/ & w/o frosting
Cranberries & chocolate chips: Amazing! either way
Chocolate chips: Good, especially with frosting
Butterscotch chips: THE BEST! w/ & w/o (I love them even more with frosting, Parker likes them better without)
Chocolate and Butterscotch chips: EVEN BETTER! We didn't do this, but we ate pieces of the 2 cookies together and we wish we had added both!
Extra spice: like I recommend above, they are so much better with extra spices (and any add-ins)

Penuche Frosting
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons milk
1-3/4 to 2 cups confectioners' sugar

For frosting, in a small saucepan, bring brown sugar and butter to a

Cook and stir over medium heat for 1 minute. 
Remove from the heat; cool for 10 minutes. (*Be sure you do this! I didn't, and it made it much more difficult!)

Transfer to a large bowl; beat in milk.
Beat in enough confectioners' sugar to achieve spreading consistency.

Enjoy these cookies! Please tell me all about your baking experience!!!

Happy Baking!


  1. Oh my goodness, these look yummy! I love your add-in results! I love dried cranberries, but haven't thought about putting them with pumpkin, may have to try that out.

  2. Yummy! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  3. Yum, chocolate or butterscotch chips sound like good add ins. Will have to try that the next time. Sounds like you made a lot of cookies to try all of those options. Never too many cookies in my book!

  4. I am going to try these - they sound delish!



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