When pumpkin pie gets old (as if that’s really a thing), give these pumpkin pecan cookies a try. The penuche frosting topped with pecans gives the cookies a texture and taste that can’t be beat.


Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10-12 minutes
Total time: About 35 minutes

Servings: About 24 small cookies



2 cups of sifted all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of shortening (butter works too!)

1 small can of canned pumpkin

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Penuche frosting:

½ cup of brown sugar

4 tablespoons milk

2 tablespoons butter

1 cup of sifted powdered sugar

Chopped pecans for topping, if desired

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For cookies:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F

2. Mix dry ingredients for cookies.

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3. Cream sugar and shortening (or butter) together with a hand mixer (or a fork, if you’re hardcore like that).

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4. Add egg and pumpkin to creamed shortening.

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5. Blend the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients; add vanilla.

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6. Drop from a teaspoon and bake 10-12 minutes.

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NOTE:  Wait to make frosting until cookies are cooled! Cookies will not turn out as well if not cooled before frosted.

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For frosting:

1. Using a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.

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2. Add milk and brown sugar, stirring to dissolve sugar.

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3. Boil the mixture for about two minutes.

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4. Remove from heat and add powdered sugar, stirring until smooth.

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5. Immediately frost cookies and top with pecans after frosting. Penuche hardens quickly, so work fast or enlist a friend to help!

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