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How to Make Pumpkin Cookies from Canned or Fresh Pumpkin - in easy illustrated steps
How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Cookies!
Pumpkin cookies are a great change from chocolate chips and other cookies, as they are much more nutritious, as well as tasty! The taste is reminiscent of pumpkin pie and they're great warm from the oven or warmed later in the microwave! They have a light, soft, almost bread-like texture! and of course, you can add orange food coloring to the icing and use frosting to make jack-o-lantern faces or other designs on them, too! Perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas and holiday parties.
Directions for Making Pumpkin cookies
Ingredients and Equipment
Cookie Dough Ingredients
Pumpkin Cookies Recipe
- Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C).
- Lightly grease two cookies sheets (whatever size you have) with
vegetable shortening (like Crisco. If you are the UK, there is something
called Trex vegetable fat in the refrigerated section of the supermarket
near the butter. I'm told it a good substitute for Crisco. )
Prepare the icing:
- Carefully, lightly brown the butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
Be careful not to burn it. If you have trouble getting it to brown, down
worry about it, it is mostly to add the color!
the browned butter from heat.
in the confectioners' sugar and the vanilla extract. It will start off think
and lumpy, until you add the milk in the next step.
in just enough milk to make the mixture smooth and spreadable. It probably
will only take a small amount, like 1/8 to 1/4 cup.
- Set aside
- Prepare the Cookie dough
In a large mixing bowl, mix the butter and brown sugar together until light and smooth.
in the eggs, pumpkin and vanilla extract.
a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and
spices (cinnamon, allspice, ginger and nutmeg).
the two bowls (just pour the smaller bowl into the larger) and
- Stir until blended.
- Stir in the chopped nuts (optional).
- Use a ordinary spoon (table, soup) or small ice cream scoop to drop the cookie dough onto the greased cookie sheet (you can also use the silicon cookie sheet cloths on a regular cookies sheet, the cookies will come off more easily).
- Bake pumpkin cookies in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until
the cookies on racks and while they are still warm (but not hot)
- Spread the butter icing on them!
They're great warm, or later when cool!
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