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Recipe: Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

Pumpkin cookies with cream cheese icing, fall colored sprinkles on a white plate

Pumpkin cookies with cream cheese icing, fall colored sprinkles on a white plateIt finally feels like fall outside! So, if you haven’t introduced all the pumpkin flavored things into your routine by now, here’s the perfect thing to help you get started!

Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing
Yield: 24 Cookies

Ingredients:

For the Cookies
1 cup butter flavored shortening
1 cup unsalted butter; softened
2 cups white sugar
2 cups canned pumpkin (solid; not pie mix)
2 eggs
2 teaspoons baking soda
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups all-purpose flour

For the Cream Cheese Icing
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons butter, softened
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (extract will also work)
2 tablespoons milk
Directions:

For the Cookies
1. Cream shortening, butter, white sugar and pumpkin. Add eggs and mix well.

2. Sift together the baking soda, ground cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, salt and flour. Add to pumpkin mixture and mix well.

3. Drop from spoon to cookie sheet. Bake 13-15 minutes at 350°F (175°C).

For the Cream Cheese Icing
1. Mix the cream cheese with the butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, and milk in a bowl.

2. Heat in a microwave for 15 seconds.

3. Drizzle spoonfuls over the cooled cookies and smooth with the back of a spoon or a spatula.

Enjoy!

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