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These cookies are really cute for a Halloween party. Kids really enjoy painting the faces on these cookies. Stand cookies up in a pail of candy corn and you also have a cute table decoration! Times below do not include cooling and decorating times.
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- 3⁄4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 2 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 30 wooden popsicle sticks
- 1⁄3 cup green gumdrop, quartered lengthwise
- 4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1⁄4 cup water
- orange food coloring, and
- black food coloring (paste or gel food coloring)
- In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars.
- Beat in egg and vanilla.
- Beat in pumpkin.
- In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon.
- Gradually add to pumpkin mixture; dough will be soft.
- Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto greased or parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
- Insert popsicle sticks into dough.
- Insert gumdrop piece into top of each cookie for a stem.
- Bake at 350°F for 14-16 minutes or until set and lightly browned around the edges.
- Remove to wire racks to cool.
- For icing:.
- Combine confectioners sugar and water until smooth.
- Remove 1/2 cup into another bowl, cover and set aside.
- Stir orange food coloring into remaining icing.
- Spread over cookies.
- Let stand 30 minutes or until icing is set and dry.
- Stir black food coloring into reserved icing.
- Place in a heavy-duty resealable plastic bag.
- Cut a very small hole in a corner of bag.
- Pipe icing on cookies to create jack-o-lantern faces.
- You can also get small decorator tubes of gel icing in the baking section of the grocery store or craft shop.