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Frosted Pumpkin Spice Cookies – Pumpkin Harvest Series #7

Frosted Pumpkin Spice Cookies

 Frosted Pumpkin Spice Cookies are as yummy as they look.  They are incredibly easy to make . . . and oh-so-easy to eat. Children of all ages will enjoy them (especially the cook).  

INGREDIENTS

COOKIES
  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
CREAM-CHEESE FROSTING
  • 8 ounces cold cream cheese
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (¾ cube), softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • Grated lemon or orange zest, ground cinnamon, or liqueur (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Make the Cookies
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350º F.
  2. Lightly butter a large cookie sheet.
  3. Sift together all dry ingredients in medium-sized bowl – set aside.
  4. Cream together the shortening, sugar, and pumpkin – beat until smooth.
  5. Add egg and vanilla and stir until well blended.
  6.  Stir-in sifted dry ingredients.
  7. Drop from spoon onto cookie sheet.
  8. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 12-15 minutes.
Make the Frosting
  1. Place cold cream cheese, room temperature butter and vanilla in a medium bowl.
  2. Using an electric hand-held mixer on low speed, beat just until well blended.
  3. Add powdered sugar 1/3 at a time and beat just until smooth and the desired consistency.
  4. If the frosting is too stiff, beat for a few seconds longer – do not over beat.
  5. Frost cookies after they have cooled.

Yield: 48 cookies.

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