Family Traditions, Recipes

Grandma’s Pumpkin Cookies

Note: I originally wrote this post in December, but didn’t get the recipe until later, so the moment passed. That being said, pumpkin cookies taste great any time of year.

No Christmas is complete without Grandma’s pumpkin cookies. They must be iced, and they must be individually wrapped, especially if sent to loved ones through the mail. It helps to keep them frozen so icing doesn’t run. The pumpkin cookies symbolize all that is good about Christmas – generosity of spirit, sacrifice, love, and sugary sweetness with a hint of nutmeg. Here’s my sister Kathleen’s adaption of Grandma’s recipe:

2 ½ cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp cloves
1/8 tsp ginger
½ cup butter softened
1 ½ cup sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla 

Combine dry ingredients and set aside.  Cream butter, and sugar then add pumpkin, egg and vanilla until light and creamy.  Then add the dry ingredients.  Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes depending on size.

To ice them, you can use store bought icing, but if you have time then use this: 

Mix together:
1 lb powdered sugar
½ cup butter
2-3 tbsp milk – may need more
1 ½ tsp vanilla
½ tsp lemon juice
½ tsp butter flavoring

Ice the cookies after they have cooled a little. Enjoy!