Grandma's Old Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies

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Serves: 24
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1 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 c butter, softened
1 1/2 c sugar
1 c solid pack pumpkin (like libby's)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c optional: nuts, raisins, or chocolate chips
2 c powdered sugar
3 Tbsp milk
1 Tbsp melted butter
1 tsp vanilla

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Kathie Carr Recipe
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North Liberty, IN (pop. 1,896)
Member Since Jul 2010
Kathie's notes for this recipe:
This is an old recipe for some GREAT cookies. Grandma often had a cookies jar full of these.
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In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside. In large mixing bowl, cream butter, egg and vanilla; beat until light and creamy. Add dry ingredients; mix well. (OPTIONAL: Add 1/2 cup nuts, raisins, OR chocolate chips.) Drop by rounded tablespoon onto greased cookie sheets. Smooth tops of cookies. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. Drizzle with glaze. Makes 2-3 dozen cookies
In small bowl, combine 2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter or margarine, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Blend until smooth.

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user Raquel Aguilar Raquel75 - Jun 21, 2012
the picture alone made me drool! this is on top of my "to bake next list" :) thanks for sharing!!!
user Nikki Bales nikkib76 - Sep 12, 2012
Just made these last night and they came out delicious. The directions skipped when to add the pumpkin though. I added it with the wet ingredients and it took forever to break everything down and splattered. I'm guessing it should've been added after the butter, vanilla and egg? I didn't make the glaze, but sprinkled with cinnamon sugar before putting in oven and pushed a Pumpkin Spice Hershey's Kiss on top right when they came out. YUM
user Cloudy Watson Cloudy_Watson - Oct 18, 2012
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
user Cloudy Watson Cloudy_Watson - Oct 18, 2012
I love old "Grandma" recipes b-cuz they are always soooo good! Love these!
TYVM for sharing this treasure with us! :)
user Vince Brotherton Vince - May 28, 2013
Made these yesterday. It not only doesn't tell you when to put the pumpkin in, it doesn't tell you what size can. I had a larger can so used that but not all of it. Came out with too strong of a pumkin taste and not enough sweet or spice. I am guessing I should have used a small can of pumpkin and will try rounded measurements on cinnamon and nutmeg next time.

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