Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins
I think I found this recipe in a Glamour Girl magazine in the 70s. It is family favorite at Thanksgiving and Christmas - rich, moist and yummy! Store in a covered container (if you have any left). I sometimes make smaller cookies and if so, the dough will make 6 dozen -- just adjust baking times accordingly.
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1⁄2 cups canned pumpkin (not quite a full can)
- 1 egg
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butterscotch chips
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 4 teaspoons milk
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 3⁄4 teaspoon vanilla
- Cream together shortening and 1 cup sugar. Note: I have recently experimented by substituting 1/4 cup of the shortening for a healthy, butter-flavored margarine -- using all butter or margarine tends to make the cookies spread out and not hold their shape, however). Add pumpkin and egg and cream lightly until fluffy (I usually use a hand mixer for this).
- Combine flour, soda, cinnamon and salt; mix into cream mixture. (I usually switch to a wooden spoon, to keep the mixture light and fluffy -- you don't want to overbeat).
- Fold in butterscotch chips.
- Drop by teaspoons on an ungreased cookie sheet, and bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until done (I sometimes find it takes a little longer, depending on humidity, the size of the cookie, etc.). Refrigerate remaining dough, covered, while other cookies are baking.
- In the meantime, make the frosting: combine the butter and milk in a small saucepan and cook until sugar is dissolved (or, you can cook in the microwave, about 30 seconds+/-). Let cool for several minutes (mixture will be still be warm). Stir in the powdered sugar, sifted, then add vanilla; whisk well until smooth.
- Frost cookies fresh out of the oven and while frosting is still somewhat warm; frosting will harden as it sits out; if necessary, reheat for a few seconds in the microwave until pliable again and/or add a few more drops of milk and restir.
These cookies are so good! They are moist and the icing is out of this world. I did add an entire bag of butterscotch chips, it only called for one cup but they turned out perfect.