1. There are many different recipes for pumpkin cookies out there. You can search online for easy pumpkin cookie recipe, pumpkin oatmeal cookie recipe, or healthy pumpkin cookie recipe and come up with hundreds of choices. The following is one for a traditional family recipe. You can enjoy these cookies all year long, but they seem to be extra tasty during the holiday season. These cookies are wonderful curled up in front of the fireplace with a cup of eggnog or hot chocolate. You can package these as a beautiful and delicious gift.


    Grandmothers Traditional Pumpkin Cookies


    2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

    1 teaspoon baking powder

    1 teaspoon baking soda

    2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

    1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    1/2 cup unsalted butter (allowing to come up to room temperature)

    1 cups brown sugar (packed)

    1 cup fresh pumpkin (pureed in a food processor or blinder)

    1 whole egg

    2 teaspoon vanilla

    1 cup golden raisins

    1/2 cup pecans (or walnuts)


    Glaze Ingredients

    2 cups powdered sugar

    3 tablespoons milk (can add one more if you like thinner icing)

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

     Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Sift these dry ingredients into a large bowl and set aside. Cream the brown sugar, pumpkin puree, egg, and vanilla with the butter. Once wet ingredients are creamed until smooth, slowly mix in the dry ingredients and the nuts and raisins. Grease a cookie sheet and with an ice-cream scoop or large table spoon, drop the batter leaving almost an inch in between to allow room for the cookies to rise. Bake cookies for approximately 15 to 25 minutes, or until they have risen and turn a golden brown. The baking time will vary depending on your oven and location. Remove cookies and allow to cool completely. Meanwhile, make the glaze. Combine the powdered sugar and vanilla. Add in milk one tablespoon at a time as not to over thin the glaze. You can dip into the glaze or drizzle the cooled cookies with the glaze and place on a serving dish. The recipe will make between 2-3 dozen depending on the size you prefer your cookies.

     Alternate Pumpkin Cookies Variations

    • For an easy pumpkin cookie recipe, try mixing a can pumpkin, one jumbo egg, and  half cup of milk into a packaged spice cake mix
    • Try this pumpkin oatmeal cookie recipe version by simply adding one cup of instant oatmeal and substituting dried cranberries for the raisins and hazelnuts for the pecans or walnuts. You can add an extra richness by also adding one half cup of white chocolate chips.
    • If you want a healthy pumpkin cookie recipe reduce flour by one cup and add three cups of instant oats. Substitute applesauce in place of the butter and use only organic products.

    Weather you decide to make the traditional pumpkin cookie or go with the easy pumpkin cookie recipe, pumpkin oatmeal cookie recipe, or healthy pumpkin cookie recipe you will be sure to fulfill you sweet tooth. If you are going to give any one of these cookies variations to your family, friend, or co-workers, beware because they may be asking you for more year after year. Enjoy and be happy.

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