Monday, September 27, 2010

Pumpkin Cookies

I had pumpkin puree left over from baking tarts and decided to use it up in cookies and muffins. These cookies are soft with a bit of a spicy bite and combined with a cream cheese frosting and a sprinkle of chopped pecans they are great to serve as a dessert. I couldn't wait and had to have one as soon as they were frosted:)

Cookie ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. Blend flour, baking bowder, baking soda, salt and spices together and set aside.
  2. In a bowl cream together butter or margarine with the sugar. Add in pumpkin puree, egg and vanilla and beat until creamy.
  3. Mix in dry ingredients.
  4. Drop by tablespoon on parchment lined cookie sheets.
  5. Bake in 350ยบ oven for 12 minutes.
  6. Place baked cookies on cooling rack. Cool and frost.

Frosting:

  • 2 cups icing (powdered) sugar
  • 1/4 cup softened cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon soft butter
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • chopped pecans
  1. Combine icing sugar, cream cheese, butter, milk and vanilla and beat until creamy.
  2. Frost cookies and sprinkle chopped pecans over the top.
  3. If you have frosting left over it can be stored in a closed container in the refrigerator.
  4. Yields: 3 dozen

21 comments:

  1. What a great idea for using leftover pumpkin puree..I am always looking for quick recipes to use the leftover pumpkin. Somehow, I always have leftover pumpkin:)...This looks great!

    The cookies look so soft an d delicious..and the cream cheese frosting complements the cookie wonderfully. Loved the chopped nuts on top. Thank you for posting.~Ellie

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  2. Oh yum, these look so good! I echo what Ellie said, with needing a way to use up puree. This is the perfect way. ~Heidi

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  3. Oh my goodness these sound heavenly. That icing is to die for. I will definitely be trying this recipe. Now I just have to find some pumpkin. Around my parts, it is now seasonal. I have been looking for it for months and no one has it in stock.
    AMY

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  4. All the stores around here carry chocolate chip pumpkin cookies. They are soft and good, but frankly, I'd rather have nuts than chocolate with pumpkin. I'll give your recipe a try instead!

    Also there was word that Libby's canned pumpkin pie mix was hard to find nowdays. I always just use the plain puree, but now reading Amy's comment I fear a shortage might come!

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  5. well I am just kicking myself that I dumped the little bit of pumpkin puree I had leftover. . I could have at least stuffed it in my fridge over the weekend. . .

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  6. These are some serious looking cookies. Yum!

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  7. I've spent September looking through cookbooks and baking apple recipes. Now that October is almost here, it's time to move on to pumpkins. These cookies look delicious. Can't wait to give them a try.

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  8. Mmmmm....nothing says Fall like pumpkin! Thank you for posting this recipe, I have been looking for something new to try and these look delicious...love your blog!

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  9. I will certainly make these, and my kids won't even know it has pumpkin in them!

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  10. These are fabulous! A new favorite in our house. Easy dough to work with.

    Thanks,
    Maureen

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  11. I made these yesterday evening and they are Delish! Thanks for the recipe!

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  12. Made these with my grandaughter today for her fall fair in grade 2 class tomorrow. I'm afraid a few of them won't get there.... we had to sample to make sure they were alright, and they were!
    Grace

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  13. I made these a couple of days ago and they were lovely. Next time, I will add a wee bit more cream cheese to the frosting recipe, for a wee bit extra of that flavour...but there WILL be a next time that we make these. The recipe's been added to my list of favourite fall cookies.

    Thanks!

    Ruth
    www.ruths-rambles.blogspot.com

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  14. Betty, I want to reach in through the screen and grab a handful. I just KNOW that these are divine and would be so good with a glass of milk!!

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  15. sooo good! Oh, by the way, if you're looking for the rest of them...ummm they found there way to our house!! Thanks Mom!
    ~Ali

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  16. I made a double batch of these yesterday since I knew I would love them and I was right. They are AMAZING! Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe.

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  17. good morning this recipe look's great ... it allso look's like i could use hubear squeash ... thanks will be trying this

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  18. Good Morning
    I have been looking for recipes useing the winter squash's ...
    Can you help me ..
    thank you brenda c

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  19. brenda c..there is a recipe for acorn squash if you check in the index under fruits, veggies and sides and you can check out our facebook page as well.

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