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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

Pumpkin Cranberry Cookies


Yield 24


1 1/2 cups of flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup dried cranberries

3 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup pumpkin puree



1 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoon orange juice (no pulp)

(makes about 12 cookies)


  1. Preheat oven to 350.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt and cranberries, whisk until combined.


  1. 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.


  1. On a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray, drop about 2 tablespoon of the batter at a time, evenly spaced.


  1. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden brown and the cookies are cooked through.


  1. Allow to cool.


  1. 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.

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dkzody October 27, 2011 um 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 um 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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