Saturday, November 6, 2010

Frosted Pumpkin COoKieS



INGREDIENTS for COOKIES:

1 cup shortening

2 cups packed brown sugar
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans & 1 cup chopped dates...of you are into healthy
OR, if you're like me:
2 cups chocolate chips


Ingredients for FROSTING:

1/2 cup butter, cubed

1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon maple flavoring
1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
2 to 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

In a large bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in pumpkin. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Stir in pecans and dates.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 13-15 minutes or until firm.
Meanwhile, for frosting, combine the butter, brown sugar and milk in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly; boil for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in maple flavoring and vanilla.
Cool slightly; beat in enough confectioners' sugar to achieve spreading consistency. Remove cookies to wire racks; frost while warm. Yield: 6-1/2 dozen.

This recipe is completely taken from Taste of Home (dot) com...well, all except the chocolate chips ;0)

Seriously. TO.DIE.FOR....and it makes TONS so you can share them with your favorite people and still have plenty to gorge on at home!

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