Pumpkin Cookies

Here is an easy recipe for those with an Autumn sweet tooth. You will need these ingredients:

Dough:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • optional 1 T. orange zest

Icing:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 3 cups  powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 T. milk

In a large bowl, blend zest in with brown sugar, ( if you decide to use the zest.) add butter and beat for a few minutes. Stir in pumpkin, egg yolk, and vanilla. Mix well. Add spices, salt, and flour. Blend well. Divide dough in half. Flatten into circles and wrap in waxed paper. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Meanwhile make the icing.

Cream together the butter and cream cheese in a large bowl. Add 1 cup of the powdered sugar and blend in. Add the vanilla, milk, and the rest of the sugar. Blend until smooth. Set aside until cookies are done.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease and flour 2 cookie sheets. Set aside. On a floured surface, roll out each round of dough until about 1/8 in. thick. Cut out pumpkin shapes and transfer to prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool on rack. Frost with icing and decorate with tinted sugar when cookies have cooled.

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