Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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It's October! Let the Pumpkin obsession begin, and everything else that is "Fall."

I found this awesome recipe for pumpkin cookies with cream cheese icing that I had to share! So let this "DIY" project give your holiday season a sweet start.

Oh ya, the picture got your attention didn't it... can you smell the pumpkin yet?

Pumpkin Cookie Ingredients:

1 Cup Shortening
3 Cups Sugar
2 Eggs
1 Large Can of Pumpkin Pie Mix
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
5 Cups Flour
2 tsp. Cinnamon
2 tsp. Nutmeg
2 tsp. Baking Soda
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Salt

I have a kitchenaid- if you don't have one, don't worry, use a handmixer... if you can afford one they are awesome!! 

This recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies... I was eating and making, so I loose track! But definitely enough to share!

Measure out 1 cup of shortening and 3 cups of sugar and put them in your bowl...
this is not an advertisement for Crisco or Publix :) so whatever kind of shortening or whatever brand of sugar is just fine!

Mix it up!
Next add two eggs and mix it up again!
Into the mixer they go!
Don't taste it... we're not to the "finger licking" step yet... Add the Pumpkin Pie (in a can) Mix!
Not an ad for Libby's :) Any large Pumpkin Pie Mix will work! Pour that stuff in and mix it up!
Add 1 tsp. of vanilla extract. I bought store brand, mostly because that was all Kroger had to offer... still tasted great!
SNOW STORM in the kitchen! It's time to add 5 cups of flour! This is when I put on the KitchenAid mixing cover thing to keep the flour in the bowl. If you don't have one of those just be more careful when mixing in the flour to avoid a white kitchen (It's not Christmas yet!)
My measuring cup only shows 2 cups, don't let that fool you! It's 5 cups of flour!
Almost finger licking time... first add the spices!

Add 1 tsp. of Salt, 2 tsp. of Baking Powder, 2 tsp. of Baking Soda, 2 tsp. of Cinnamon, and 2 tsp. of Nutmeg... Mix it good... Mix it Real Good! Should taste really good now! Lick those fingers! And wash them... :) Next plop them onto a cookie sheet! 

Put the cookies into an oven that is 350 degrees! Leave them in the oven for about 12 minutes.
Mmmmh... pumpkin smell...

Take them out, if they look almost "wet" they are not done... If your unsure, pull one apart and see if it looks like batter or like cookie :) Then put them on a cookie rack or if you cut up a brown paper bag that works or you could use wax paper! Whatever you would like. 
Let them cool for a little while... and once they are cool you'll add the cream cheese icing. Oh that's right, let's make the cream cheese icing now! You can make the icing first if you want! Just don't let the icing sit out all day, it's made of cream cheese, so it needs to be refrigerated!

Cream Cheese Icing Ingreidents:
2 packages of cream cheese (8oz)
1/2 cup of butter (softened)
2 Cups of Sifted Confectioners' Sugar
1 tsp of Vanilla Extract

I used the Philadelphia cream cheese... but again, any cream cheese should work.

Softened butter. Ok so this is more like melted butter, but my husband and I haven't gotten around to getting a microwave and well frankly we've gotten used to not having it (I know we're crazy) so mine is more melted becasue I had to "soften" them on the stove. If you accidently melt them, don't worry, but they just have to be soft!

Put the 2 pacakges of cream cheese in the mixer, and the stick of (1/2 cup) butter and mix them together! Then add 2 cups of sifted confectioner's sugar (AKA powdered sugar). Mix it up! Add a tsp. of Vanilla Extract and mix until even!

This is what it will look like! Creamy goodness! Make sure you scrape the sides of the bowl so that everything mixes evenly.

Now that's some tasty icing...

Ice those cookies! Sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon on top or nutmeg works too if you prefer that flavor!

Share the delicious pumpkin treat!

If you make these let me know what you think! I really think you'd be amazed just how delicious they taste!

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