Pumpkin Cranberry Cookies

I’m beginning to wonder about people who HATE pumpkin. I can see hating a particular pumpkin dish, but ALL pumpkin? Maybe you just haven’t had enough different types of pumpkin. I love pumpkin, but probably because I love anything that can blur the lines of what we expect. Pumpkin can be sweet, salty, savory, pie, pasta, tart…It’s a vegetable that can masquerade as a dessert! That’s pretty fantastic.

Here is my recipe for pumpkin cookies, with the added tartness of cranberry.

Pumpkin Cranberry Cookies

1 1/2 cups of flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp fresh ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp ginger

3 tbs butter, softened

3/4 cup suger

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup dried cranberries

Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

2 tbs orange juice (no pulp)

(makes about 12 cookies)

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, whisk until combined.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and both types of sugar on high speed until well combined. Add the egg, vanilla and pumpkin puree mix until well combined. Turn the mixer on low and add the flour until just incorporated.

On a baking sheet sprayed with butter flavored cooking spray, drop about 2 tbs of the batter at a time, evenly spaced. Bake for 15-18 minutes of until the edges star to turn golden brown and the cookies are cooked through.

Allow to cool.

To make the glaze, add the powdered sugar and orange juice to a bowl and mix well with a fork until combined. Spoon onto the top of the cooled cookies.

2 Responses to Pumpkin Cranberry Cookies

  1. dkzody October 27, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    I made a similar cookie but used pumpkin pie mix. Didn’t need to add the spices and used a smidge less sugar. They were very tasty, especially with the cranberries.

    • Jaxie October 27, 2011 at 11:40 am #

      Pumpkin cookies are pretty great! I’m a “make it from scratch” kinda girl, so I used homemade pumpkin. I don’t buy things in cans too often, but it does sound like that would work just fine! Thanks for the suggestion.

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