Thanksgiving Pumpkin Cookies
(cookies in pic are similar yet different than mine)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Cream together: 1 cup shortening, 1 cup brown sugar and 1 cup white sugar
Then add: 1 1/2 Cup of pumpkin and 1 egg (sometimes I add a bit more pumpkin, but not much more) Cream together
In a separate bowl mix together: 2 cups of sifted flour, 1tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1tsp. of cinnamon (I like cinnamon so I always add 1 heaping Tbs. instead of the tsp.)
Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and mix well.
Then add 1 cup each of raisins, walnuts and butterscotch bits
Mix together and drop in tsp. on to cookie sheet. (can do Tbs. and bake longer - adjust time accordingly.)
Bake approximately 10 minutes - ovens vary (Cookies will rise and not spread out far and so you can get a lot on one pan)
While baking - make frosting
Frosting: heat on low - 3 Tbs. butter, 4 tsp. milk and add 1/2 cup of brown sugar. When cooler, add 1 cup of confectionary sugar and 3/4 tsp. vanilla.
Ice cookies while they are warm.
(I add and mix together as soon as everything is melted. Also, sometimes frosting starts to dry by the time ready for last batch and then I just stir in a small amount of milk.)
p.s. I usually "only" make these for Thanksgiving and so they have become a Thanksgiving tradition that everyone looks forward to, which is a good thing since I DON'T do pies! :)
It's time to start baking the Thanksgiving Pumpkin cookies. Devan has been asking about doing that with me for a while now. :) Since I don't do pies these wonderful cookies have been my special tradition. I ONLY make them for Thanksgiving and once gone that is it, which is what makes them so special...well that and they're good as in decadent good. :) Everyone wants them and they go really fast. I have been making them since 1977 the 1st fall we moved into our house. Once a person stopped my husband when he was out somewhere and said he heard all about these good cookies I made. Evidently my husband's uncle raved about them to this guy. That warmed my heart. :) I never shared the recipe and no one else made them. Then about 5 years ago I brought the cookies up to the hospital and gave the recipe out as the requests came in. Now it's not so secret anymore. :) Last year for the 1st time I made them in December especially for urodoc's office and they really liked them. Oh and I made some for my private Doc in February. I think I will break tradition again and make them up until Christmas...I'll see. I will be seeing him at the end of the month and if I have time I will bring them another batch of pumpkin cookies. Last year I gave them a lot of food for Christmas but I think I will just do these cookies this time. I have fun bringing the food in my Longaberger baskets because a. I like to use them b. they're convenient c. they make a nice presentation and d. the ladies like the baskets. So it's just fun to do that for them. :)
I love this time of year! All the holidays, getting dark early, cold weather and being cozy. I'm grateful for our blessings and hope that I am a blessing to others-most of the time anyway. :)