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Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe


Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
Source: Jan Taylor

Cookies
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves
2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of salt
Frosting
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Zest of one lemon

Garnish
Whole pecans

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a mixer, fitted with a paddle, cream the sugar and the butter until light and fluffy. Add the maple syrup and eggs. Mix to incorporate. Add the pumpkin and mix to incorporate.

Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and cloves. Add the dry ingredients and mix well. Drop rounded tablespoonsful onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly golden brown around the edges. Cool on racks.

When cool, ice with the cream cheese frosting.

For the Frosting: In a mixer, fitted with a paddle, add the cream cheese. Beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the confectioners' sugar. Beat until smooth. Add in milk and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth. If frosting is too thick, thin with a little more milk. Fold in the lemon zest. When cookies are cool spread with some of the frosting. Garnish with a whole pecan.

Makes 3 dozen.

ENJOY!

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