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Sugar Cookies in Pumpkin Shapes

Today is an appropriate day to share the recipe for these pumpkin shaped cookies, I used to make them for our children so that when they came home from school there would be a 'pumpkin treat' for them. Then in later years I made them for the grandchildren. All of the children and g'children have grown up, but who can resist a pretty cookie decorated as an orange pumpkin.
This recipe can be used for different seasons, it's my favorite at Christmas using festive cookie cutters.
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  1. Cream butter, and sugar, stir in vanilla.
  2. Add egg and beat until fluffy.
  3. Add dry ingredients and milk, stirring until well mixed.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 may chill the dough overnight.
  5. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with pumpkin shaped cookie cutter, place on a parchment lined cookie sheet, you do not need to leave much space between the cookies, they do not spread.
  6. Bake in a 400ยบ oven for 8 minutes.
  7. Cool on rack and decorate with orange colored icing. I cut green colored baking gumdrops in half for the stems.
  8. Yield: 2 dozen


  1. They look so good, Betty! Works of art...

  2. Those pumpkins look perfect for this day! I love sugar cookies and your recipe sounds like a winner.

  3. These cookies are so cute Betty. I bet they were tasty too.

  4. They look great! What is your recipe for the icing? I have tried lots of recipes that didnt really work out...:)

    1. Sorry, I don't have the amounts for the ingredients for the icing..I use icing sugar (powdered sugar), add a bit of soft butter, vanilla and enough cream or milk to make the icing smooth and of spreading consistency. Hope that helps.

    2. Yes that's great I'll try it, thanks.:)

  5. Unfortunately, I found this dough to be much too dry.


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