I’ve never been much of a pie maker. In fact, I’ve never baked a pie in my life. I’ve made pies before, but they’ve been the kind that, once put together, are meant to chill in the fridge until ready to be served. I have a great grasshopper pie recipe that I can share some day, if anyone is interested. If it helps you decide if you’d like to see it on this blog some time, the ingredients include Creme de Menthe. 🙂
Anyway, since I don’t really bake pies, I don’t make pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. Cookies are more my thing, and thanks be to Betty Crocker, I’ve made “my” traditional pumpkin cookies for years. Some of you may already be aware of these delectable delights, but I’m going to share the recipe here today anyway. When I first made them for my in-laws family, they had never heard of them before and they gobbled them up.
I don’t plan to make them until Thanksgiving, so the only photo I have is the one from my old, tried and true Betty Crocker cookbook.
1 cup sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
½ cup shortening (margarine)
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
2 cups all-purpose or whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup raisins (optional, I don’t use them)
½ cup chopped walnuts (optional, I do use them)
Light Brown Glaze (recipe below)
Heat oven to 375. Mix sugar, pumpkin, shortening and orange peel. Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir in raisins and nuts if used.
Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until light brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Immediately remove from cookie sheet; cool.
(Note: ½ cup semisweet chocolate chip cookies can be used in place of raisins.)
Drizzle Light Brown Glaze over top of each cookie.
LIGHT BROWN GLAZE
¼ cup margarine
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 2 teaspoons milk
Heat margarine in 1 ½ quart saucepan over medium heat until delicate brown. Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir in 1 teaspoon of milk until smooth. If not smooth enough use 2nd teaspoon. Drizzle over cookies.