Pumpkin Sugar Cookies
I picked up a “small” pumpkin at the grocery store this week with the intention of freezing some and using it for cooking. I don’t have much experience with pumpkins other than seeding or carving, so that’s where I started. I removed the seeds, washed them, and let them dry. We baked them with a little sea salt on them - they really make a great snack! With that out of the way I wasn’t sure what to do next. Farmer’s Almanac had a great guide on preparing a pumpkin for freezing. We pureed all of it.
Once I got down to the last bit of pumpkin I decided I wanted to have a little fun with it. I have an old recipe hiding in my cookbook for Christmas cookies. I love to make them year-round, but I’ve always wanted to try modifying it to make it more seasonal. Here is the original recipe…
- 2/3 cup shortening
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp grated orange peel
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 4 tsp milk
- 2 cups flour
- Cream shortening, sugar, orange, and vanilla. Add egg; beat until fluffy. Stir in milk. Add dry ingredients.
- Divide dough and chill for one hour.
- Roll dough 1/2 inch thick and cut into shapes.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 6-8 minutes.
- Decorate when cool.
Christmas Cookie Icing
- 1 cup sifted confectioners sugar
- 1 tbsp cream
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp flavoring
- 3/4 tbsp water
- Blend; divide for color. Spread on cookies.
For my variation I decided to go without the orange, and instead I added 1/3 cup of pumpkin puree and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. This has made the batter much more gooey and difficult to cut. I didn’t have the patience to use cookie cutters - instead I rolled the cookies into balls and flattened them out. I was a little worried that the cookies would not bake correctly due to the consistency of the dough. We tested the cookies without the icing first - they were WONDERFUL! We decided to go ahead and ice them, and we used vanilla flavoring instead of the normal lemon we would use. I also grated a small amount of orange peel for some zest.
This is not the healthiest recipe in the world, but the cookies are soft and flavorful. My co-workers will be a bit disappointed… I’ve been telling them I’m going to bring some in, but my husband and his friends ate them all!
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