Well, we're into the middle of October already! Can you believe it? The holidays will be here before you know it. I've pretty much decided that fall is my favorite season. I love the beautiful colored leaves, the crispness in the air, and the fruits and vegetables that start showing up at farmer's markets and in the grocery store. My taste buds start wanting foods that are a little earthier, a little heartier, and those that have the spicy tastes of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, etc... foods that hint of the holidays to come. Apples and pumpkins and pears, Oh my!! ( Did I mention that I love fall? )
This cookie recipe comes from an old issue of Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Cookies. Now I'm usually a crispy on the outside/chewy on the inside kind a' girl when it comes to cookies, but I've made an exception for these little guys. They are cakey and pumpkiny (not a real word), with just the right amount of spice and a yummy brown sugar icing on top. Really, each one is like a tiny little cake.....delicious!! You can sit down and eat 3 at a time without much of a problem....at least that's what I've heard.
Inside the cookies there are the most delicious little gems.....dried currants! Now my two youngest sons take issue with these sweet little things. They take one look and exclaim "Raisins!" I've tried to set them straight many times because, after all, currants are not raisins!!!!! (sorry, I get a little emotional about food) "Currants are much, much smaller than raisins" I say....."you won't even know they're in there" I say...
but, alas, the boys usually opt out of the tasting. That's o.k. There will just be more for the rest of us. Actually, the "rest of us" is only the hubby and me. I better send some into work with him tomorrow!
Spiced and Iced Pumpkin Cookies ( 3 dozen )
1 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
2 cups flour
1/2 cup dried currants
Brown Sugar Icing (recipe follows)
Beat the shortening in mixing bowl on med. to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the sugar, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and soda, and beat until combined. Beat in the egg and the pumpkin puree. Add the flour and beat in. Stir the currants in with a wooden spoon. Using a medium-size scoop, drop dough 2" apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
|Ready for the oven.|
|So cute! They're like little soldiers all lined up and waiting for their yummy topping.|