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Pumpkin Drop Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling

Makes

11 dozen

With just a hint of pumpkin flavor and a buttery cinnamon frosting, these cakelike drop cookies are sure to be a hit at a fall gathering. Denise Smith, a field editor from Lusk, Wyoming, shared the big-batch recipe.
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • CINNAMON FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Beat in the pumpkin, eggs and milk. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, allspice and cloves; gradually add to creamed mixture.
  2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10-13 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the frosting ingredients; beat until smooth. Frost cookies. Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 63 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 46mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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