In a week of Halloween filled activities, pumpkin cookies seemed inevitable. I have three parties to get ready for….My husband is going as “yes” and I am going as “no.” Pretty much sums up what our kids think our answers will be. Always. Princess Pat is going as a princess fairy (not a fairy princess…you have to say the words in the right order), The Thinker will be, as always, some sort of military personnel. The other three have decided to be zombies of some sort. All I have to do is supply the make up and hair dye.
These lovely cookies (with special decorated pumpkin provided by Princess Pat. She named it Sal. She named our other, large pumpkin Sal also, but he is a boy, as in Salvador, and this pretty one is a girl, as in Sally….she has told all her brothers not to even think about eating little Sal….She knows big Sal is headed for the oven as soon as Halloween is over, I’ll have to do it while she is at preschool to spare her feelings, though) Anyway, these lovely cookies are brought to you from cookbook, Cooking in the South. I can’t very well review a cookbook and not bake/cook out of it! I skipped frosting them like I’d originally planned, because they were so sweet on their own, but the frosting (browned butter with orange zest) would be amazing.
Pumpkin Spice Raisin Cookies
Author: Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker adapted from cooking in the south
- 2 cups butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 can pumpkin puree (can I tell you how mad I was when I opened a can of pumpkin and threw it into the bowl only to discover that somehow a can of pumpkin pie filling had entered my house?! Long story, saved the cookies, though)
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 4 cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp allspice
- ¼ tsp cloves
- 2 cups raisins
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the pumpkin, eggs and vanilla, mixing well.
- In another bowl, combine the dry ingredients and add to the wet ingredients, mixing well.
- Stir in raisins.
- Drop the batter by the teaspoonful onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Makes over 5 dozen.