Venango County Recipe of the Day: Frosted Pumpkin Cookies

| January 17, 2020

Make these awesome cookies for a weekend snack!

Frosted Pumpkin Cookies


1 cup shortening
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 – 15 oz. can solid-pack pumpkin
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chopped dates

Caramel Frosting:

1/2 cup butter, cubed
1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/4 cup 2% milk
1 teaspoon maple flavoring
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 to 2-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar


~In a large bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in pumpkin. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; gradually add to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Stir in pecans and dates.

~Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 13 to 15 minutes (or until firm).

~Meanwhile, for frosting, combine the butter, brown sugar, and milk in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly; boil for three minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in maple flavoring and vanilla.

~Cool slightly; beat in enough confectioners’ sugar to achieve spreading consistency.

~Remove cookies to wire racks; frost while warm.

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