Wednesday, December 1, 2010

First Day of Pumpkin Holiday Cookies, Nanny's Pumpkin Cookies with Maple Penuche Frosting

I'm a big baker of Christmas cookies. I love making them and eating them and so does the Hub. Every member of my family has their favorites so it's not unusual for me to make a dozen different kinds, usually in November. Then starting the first of December, I fill a plate with cookies from the freezer before dinner and we have them for dessert every single night in December. Not a lot, just a few. I also give lots of cookies away.

This is the first day of the twelve days of pumpkin cookies. I have about 35 different pumpkin cookie recipes, so not all will make the cut. They need to be different, such as old Christmas favorites with a pumpkin twist or something totally off the charts. My mother was laughing so hard when I was telling her about pumpkin spritz and pumpkin Russian teacakes. And it will be interesting to see if my own family will give up their beloved almond roca bars and chocolate crinkles for pumpkin roca bars and pumpkin crinkles.

I'm not exactly sure whose Nanny came up with these cookies, but they are worthy of our first day of pumpkin holiday cookies. They look kind of plain, but are so good. Light and a little crisp around the edges with a frosting that complements them perfectly.

As I always do, I toasted the pecans before chopping and adding to the batter. I could barely snag any of these for the freezer. They were going fast even before I frosted them. Don't worry Kevin, I am saving a few for you.


  1. Those look really good. I am not so sure on the pumpkin crinkles- going to need a side by side taste test!

  2. these were delicious! Andy brought a plate up for me last week but alas, there was only 1 left when he made it to Philadelphia...


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