Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

With their pumpkin flavor and hint of cinnamon, these cookies are the ideal October treat.

Yield: Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Brown Sugar Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Preparation

  1. Beat sugar and shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla in a small bowl; beating until blended; set aside.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a small bowl; gradually add to shortening mixture, beating well. Fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 15 to 20 minutes, to cool. Drizzle cookies with Brown Sugar Glaze.
  4. Makes 2 dozen.
  5. Brown sugar glaze:
  6. Combine brown sugar, butter and milk in a small saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat; boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add powdered sugar. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until mixture is smooth.
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