My cousin has a little boy who is allergic to eggs, but he loves cookies, so she is always on the lookout for good recipes that don't require eggs. The pumpkin replaces the eggs so the cookies turn out moist and stay that way even if someone forgets to replace the lid to the cookie jar! these cookies turn out bright orange and look very festive for autumn. This recipe is very forgiving! Even if the cookies get a little burnt, they still taste great! I made these for a bake sale at work almost a month ago and people are still raving about how good they were!