Sunday, December 6, 2009

25 Days of Christmas Cookies

My father over plants neck pumpkins & my freezer is always overflowing with pureed pumpkin. I never realized how many yummy treats can be made with the stuff from pies, breads, muffins, smoothies, scones (my favorite) & cookies. I only make these at Christmas time to keep them special. Not only are they tasty but the house smells delicious while they are baking. If you are using your own pumpkin instead of canned make sure you drain it as much as you can or you'll end up with a mess instead of cookies. Been there & it's not a fun mess to clean up.
Day 6
Pumpkin Spiced & Iced Cookies
2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
Vanilla Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375⁰F. Grease baking sheets. Combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Beat butter and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in pumpkin, eggs and vanilla extract. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets. Bake 15-20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire rack to cool completely. Spread or drizzle with vanilla glaze. Makes about 5-1/2 dozen cookies.

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