pumpkin cookies. {Vintage Sunshine}

Sep 17, 2012

Welcome to day 2 of the Welcome to Autumn series! I am so ready for Fall!
hello! i'm alyson from vintage sunshine and i'm excited to share a fun fall recipe with you all today. and, so thankful to kate for having me here.

are you as anxious for fall as i am? last week, with the return of the pumpkin spice latte at starbucks, it really got me thinking and craving FALL! i won't even admit how many #psl's i've had so far. iced of course, all of them, because it's still been in the upper 90's to low 100's in these parts. 

last night though, i could no longer resist breaking out a can of pumpkin and baking. i might have turned the ac way down so that it'd feel more like fall while i was baking even. so, i decided to share with you a recipe for pumpkin cookies that my mom used to make when i was little. i've tweaked it a bit over the years and put my own spin on things, but this is the way matt & the kids (and i) love them best!

pumpkin cookies

preheat your oven to 375'.
what do you need? 
-1/2 cup shortening
-1 cup pumpkin 
-1 cup granulated sugar (sometimes i'll use 1/2 cup white & 1/2 cup brown)
-2 cups flour (i usually use whole wheat, but you don't have to)
-1 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp baking soda
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1/2 tsp salt
-1-2 tbsps grated orange peel
*optional: chopped nuts (1c), raisins (1c), chocolate chips (1c), etc.

you'll want to mix your sugar, shortening and pumpkin until smooth. then, toss in all of the other ingredients. that's something i love about this recipe. no separate bowls, etc. it's so simple.
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growing up, my mom always frosted these with cream cheese frosting. but, since that's so messy and my family loves chocolate chips, i usually add those instead. this time was no different. throw them in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. you can also try the toothpick method, like you would with a cake. 

the other day at target, matt grabbed a bag of pumpkin spice hershey kisses and we put a few of those on top of a handful of the cookies. that's another great thing about this recipe, you can add almost anything you want to it, or top the cookies with something you love.

milk in a mason jar & some pumpkin cookies. delish.
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these really are one of my favorite cookies. they're SO soft and almost bread like.
i hope you enjoy. and, if you try them.. let me know what you think!

Thanks so much, Alyson! These look ah-maz-ing.
don't forget to visit her blog, and come back tomorrow for the next part of the Welcome to Autumn series! xo. Kate