Frosted Pumpkin Cookies

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These have become a fall tradition in my apartment. I can't make them fast enough!

Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 10 - 12 minutes

Difficulty:
Serves: 8

Ingredients

1 cup shortening
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar

1 cup pumpkin puree
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 cups confectioners' sugar

Method

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheets.

In a large bowl, cream together shortening, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and white sugar.

Mix in pumpkin, egg, and vanilla.

Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt; mix into the creamed mixture. Drop dough onto the prepared baking sheets with a medium dispenser. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool on wire racks.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the 3 tablespoons butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute, or until slightly thickened. Cool slightly, then stir in the milk, and beat until smooth. Gradually stir in 2 cups confectioners' sugar until frosting has reached desired consistency. Spread on cooled cookies.

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