I am posting these again just so new readers will find the recipe easier (and I finally remembered to take pictures before they were all eaten). A very delicious cookie and one of or favorites.
They are from Brenda Hyde's Old Fashioned Living e-mail newsletter.
Check her website for many wonderful recipes.
1 cup shortening (I use 1/2 butter, 1/2 margarine)
1 cup sugar
1 cup mashed pumpkin
2 cups flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup raisins (optional, I prefer them without raisins)
*I often double this recipe by doubling all ingredients and using an entire can of pumpkin.
Cream shortening , sugar and pumpkin. Add eggs and
mix well.Add sifted dry ingredients and raisins. Drop
from spoon onto greased cookie sheet and bake at
375 degrees F. for 10 to 12 minutes.
Frosting for Pumpkin Cookies
3 Tbsp. butter
4 tsp. milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
3/4 tsp. vanilla
Cook butter , milk and brown sugar until dissolved:
Cool and add powdered sugar and vanilla .
**Finely chopped walnuts or pecans
(optional for pressing into the frosting if desired... immediately after frosting the cookie)
Spread on cooled cookies (original recipe called for frosting them warm, I found waiting until they cool much better). Yield 4- 5 dozen.
* Be sure if you double cookie recipe to also double frosting.
**I usually press finely chopped nuts into about half the cookies.