Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel Frosting

I am working on a family cookbook with my boys, and I am so excited about it!  Something you may not know about me is that I am passionate about food and dinnertime with my family.  Perhaps even more so than I am about art.  There is nothing I love more than reading a new cookbook, experimenting with recipes and then sharing them with my husband and kids.   The idea for this family cookbook popped into my head when my husband and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary this year.  Since cooking and eating together as a family has been such a big part of our marriage, I thought it would be fun to put together our favorite family recipes in a book.  I plan to make copies for all of my kids and I hope that they cherish them for years to come.  I will be posting the recipes here throughout the process.  If you are interested to know what our family loves to eat then keep checking back!  YUM.

The first recipe I would like to share is our favorite Fall cookie!  These are so good, I can't even tell you.  I have had many people ask me for this recipe, I promise you will not be able to stop eating them! Here is our recipe for Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel Frosting:

2 c. white sugar
2 c. shortening
1 (29 oz.) can pureed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. salt
3 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

First of all this makes a lot of cookies, I think I made about 50!  I used my Bosch mixer and it filled the bowl.  If you don't want that many cookies you can half the recipe.  Ok... cream together shortening and sugar; don't whip.  Mix in pumpkin, eggs and vanilla.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.  Add to pumpkin mixture.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12-16 minutes if large ice cream scoop sized cookies, or 11-12 minutes for cookie scoop size.

Caramel Frosting:
12 Tablespoons butter
1 cup milk
2 cups brown sugar
6-7 cups powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla

Combine butter, milk and brown sugar in a large saucepan.  Boil for 2 minutes.  Take off heat and allow to cool.  Be sure not to add the powdered sugar until it is really cool.  When cool, add powdered sugar and vanilla.  Add more powdered sugar if too thin.  Frost cookies and serve.


1 comment:

  1. Me too! I love cooking and sitting down to a healthy nutritious meal we cooked! Would love to hear more about the cookbook for your boys you are creating! :) Love your blog and glad to see your back. Not sure what made me just check in on you but I'm glad I did!