Monday, September 19, 2011

Pumpkin Cutout Cookies



When I was growing up these cookies were always a part of Autumn at our house. I don't remember my Mom ever using real pumpkin for these or anything for that matter. She always substituted Butternut Squash. I did use real pumpkin (canned) for these though. They are super soft and very fragile. I mixed the dough on Saturday and didn't get around to baking them so I decided to bake some on Sunday for our supper treat after a refreshing walk through the woods. It was a gorgeous Fall day and far to beautiful to spend inside so we turned all the techy stuff OFF and spent some time enjoying the beauty of Nature.The cookies are almost easier to eat with a fork than holding them, but regardless of how you eat them they are scrumptious with the caramel icing!

Ingredients:
1 cup shortening, I used Lard because I had some I wanted to use up but other forms of shortening work too
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup pumpkin
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour

Cream together shortening, sugar, and egg. Sift dry ingredients together and add to creamed mixture alternately with pumpkin and vanilla. Refrigerate until chilled through. On a floured ( it takes a fair amount of flour for this, they are sticky!) surface roll dough flat to a ¼-½ inch even thickness.


Using a cookie cutter (I don't posess seasonally shaped ones for Fall so I just used a round one) cut into desired shapes. Small is better because they spread a bit during baking. Also I try to avoid the sharp corners because they are fragile and it makes them easier to work with. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.


Bake @ 350° for approximately 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool before icing them.



Caramel Icing:
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
Combine in a heavy bottomed saucepan and melt slowly over medium/low heat. Then add
1/3 cup milk, I used half and half because I had some that needed to be used. Let it come to a boil stirring often. Boil for about a minute. Cool. Then stir in
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar, approximate  If you want it stiffer you'll need more but don't add too much. It gets firmer as it cools completely.

Ice the cookies with a generous drizzle and sprinkles.


Enjoy with a cup of hot tea and popcorn

YUM!!

Be Blessed!!

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18 comments:

  1. My whole family would LOVE these cookies.

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  2. These look so yummy!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Make Yourself Monday!

    Jamie
    For Love of Cupcakes

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  3. A perfect cookie for Fall - lovely flavors - your taste tester looks very happy!
    Mary

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  4. I love pumpkin cookies. And pumpkin cookies with that icing? Awesome!

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  5. I love pumpkin but I do not use it enough. These look great though and make me excited about fall. I love fall food! :)

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  6. Ooo, these look so good. I'm going to have to give them a try. I convince the hubby to plant sugar pumpkins this year and they're just about ready to harvest.

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  7. They look enticing! And the sprinkles are festive.

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  8. YUM! I love your recipe! Would you come over to CAST PARTY WEDNESDAY and share your tasty recipe with us?
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!
    http://ladybehindthecurtain.com

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  9. I thought these sounded good, and then you added caramel icing.... Yep, gonna have to make these!

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  10. Love pumpkin cookies and these looks good.
    Pat

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  11. I do love pumpkin and caramel frosting is delish. I'll make them soon.

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  12. Perfect for this time of year! I love pumpkin anything, really! This looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe & thanks for sharing @ Show & Share! I am so happy that you did!

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  13. These are just so cute! I'm starting my fall baking and love seeing pumpkin recipes. I'd like to invite you to share on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

    http://www.wellseasonedlife.com/2011/09/sweet-indulgences-sunday-23.html

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  14. Yes, please! :) I would love it if you shared it on Makin' You Crave Monday over at my blog, MrsHappyHomemaker.com!!

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  15. These are the prettiest cookies! Thanks for sharing and thanks for linking to Potpourri Friday. I appreciate your participation and hope to see you again this week!

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