Monday, December 14, 2009

Holiday Baking Series - Pumpkin Cookies


2 cups butter, softened (4 sticks)
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups pureed cooked pumpkin (or canned)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground cloves
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups raisins
2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Add the pumpkin and vanilla extract, blending well. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt.
Add to the creamed mixture, stirring well. Mix in the raisins and nuts. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.

YIELD: - makes up to 7 dozen, depending on size. I use a small scoop

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