Monday, October 31, 2011

Pumpkin "Dream" Cookies...

I woke up, in the middle of the night, Friday night and had this great idea for a cookie. I think I started dreaming it then woke up to kind of finish the details. Funny how the mind works sometimes, isn't it? I decided a good name would be "Pumpkin Dream Cookies" and it even fits because they are dreamy. They worked just as I'd hoped except that I'd pictured them filled in my dream. I thought I'd scoop out a small hole in the middle then pipe the frosting in and kind of spill it out but they ended up being more flat than mounded so I frosted them. They are cake-like and sweet but not too sweet. They are a great fall treat and I hope you make and enjoy them!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!!!!!! Have a safe and fun night of tricks and treats!!!

Pumpkin "Dream" Cookies...

3/4C shortening
2C brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2C flour
1 1/2t baking powder
1t cinnamon
1t nutmeg
1/2t ginger
1/2t allspice
1t vanilla
1 1/2C pureed pumpkin

Cranberry Compote...

2C fresh cranberries
1C water
1t vanilla
1t cinnamon
2T sugar

In a small saucepan combine all ingredients and bring to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes and set aside to cool and thicken. While the berries are cooling, continue with the cookie dough.

Combine shortening and brown sugar and whip till light and fluffy then add the egg and combine completely. Whisk dry ingredients together and add to the sugar mixture then add the pumpkin and vanilla. With a spatula, fold in the cranberry compote (which should be cooled to room temp and quite thick).

Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Cool completely then frost with...

Cream Cheese Frosting...

1 package cream cheese (room temp)
2C powdered sugar
2t vanilla

Combine all ingredients then frost the yummy cookies!

*the compote can be made ahead of time. It will keep, tightly lidded, in the refrigerator for a month.

*Set out some cookies to be eaten the day you make them but keep the remaining chilled until ready to serve.


  1. What a great twist on a pumpkin cookie! Such a fun idea.

  2. you had me at cranberry compote! I'm pinning this now!