Sunday, October 4, 2009

Another great reason to be born in October

Today's Multiples and More Question of the Week about our favorite cookie recipes. Why, you ask?

It is National Cookie Month! In my previous life, before I was a bed-resting, triplet-gestating lady, I baked! My daughter and I baked something nearly every day, especially in the fall and winter. Since the fabulous Dr. P has given me a bit more freedom, I am going to try to bake some cookies with my three-year old today.

Our favorite fall cookies are Auntie H's Pumpkin Cookies. Unfortunately, the national pumpkin shortage means there is NO canned pumpkin in Seattle. Seriously. Go read this if you don't believe me. We have combed the shelves of our local stores, but it seems to be a national problem. Libby's, the supplier of 90% of our national canned pumpkin supply apparently had a bad harvest last year, but thankfully, more is on the way. When you can find yourself a can or if you feel like roasting a sugar pumpkin, make these. They are AMAZING.

Auntie H's Pumpkin Cookies

1 C sugar
1/2 C butter
1 C canned or roasted, pureed pumpkin
1 egg
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 C flour

Preheat oven to 350.

1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla and pumpkin. Mix well.

2. Meanwhile, whisk together flour, soda, powder, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl.

3. Add in batches the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until incorporated.

4. Drop desired size amounts of dough (I use a 1/2" ice cream scoop) on Silpat-lined cookie sheets (or use parchment paper) 2 - 3 inches apart.

5. Bake at 350 for 10 - 12 minutes until cookies are firm. Cool on racks before frosting.


3 Tbsp butter
1/2 C brown sugar
1/4 C milk

Boil these ingredients for three minutes. Then whisk in powdered sugar to "icing" consistency, about 2 cups. If it gets too thick, you can add back more milk and whisk it until smooth. Frost cookies with a bit, or drizzle over in a waffle pattern when cookies are completely cool.

These are a huge favorite around here. I cannot wait until we can get a can of pumpkin, but we might just have to make our own pumpkin puree.

Happy 31 weeks to the boys! Quick ultrasound tomorrow morning. Can't wait to "see" where they are- I feel like Baby C has flipped over again since there seems to be a head in my ribs. :)


  1. OMG! I wanted to bake a pumpkin pie this weekend, but the store had no canned pumpkin...I jokingly said, "what, is there a punkin' crisis?" the stock clerk laughed... I cannot believe it's really true! I made an apple pie instead. It's funny, my garden pumpkins didn't do so well this year either...

  2. Oooohhhh..those sound delish. I actually have a can of pumpkin in my pantry...and all the other ingredients too! Might be making these this afternoon.........if I can find the energy!

  3. I actually have several cans of pumpkin in my pantry! I had NO idea there was a shortage. Now the hoarder in me wants to go buy tons more!!! :) Tell me this oh-baker-friend, can I add chocolate chips to this recipe or will it ruin the cookies?

    Hooray for freedom! Hooray for 31 weeks! Hooray for fall!

  4. I'm so disappointed to hear of the pumpkin shortage. I LOVE pumpkin anything. Especially, pumpkin cookies. I like to add chocolate chips and walnuts to mine. :)

  5. Really?! I hadn't heard that. I'll have to check our local stores (while I can) because I KNOW that I saw some at walmart the last time I went. Maybe I'll look today while we're out and about buying some necessities.

    Thanks for the heads up.

  6. Yum... that sounds so good! Happy 31 weeks to you all! :)

  7. I posted a big of a rant about the lack of canned pumpkin, too;-) Too crazy! Happy 31wks to you and the boys. SO exciting!!

  8. Looks yummy! I found some canned pumpkin at the Issaquah costco two weekends ago... Now I'm thinking I better go back and see if they have more I can stock up on.

  9. They sound so tasty! When I finally get out of this awful apartment with a barely functional oven into our new house, I'm so going to bake some.

  10. That looks so good! I too am anxiously awaiting the arrival of canned pumpkins in our Kansas City stores again.

    Stopping by from Multiples and More :)

  11. These cookies sound amazing...yum!

    Can't wait to hear about tomorrow's U/S!

  12. Mmmm.... I love pumpkin anything!

    Cant wait to hear about the boys and how they are doing!

  13. Your recipe sounds similar to mine. Have you ever tried adding chocolate chips? Pumpkin and chocolate go incredibly well together. Have fun!

  14. These sound great and I can't wait to try them. I'm feeling quite lucky at the moment because I happen to have several cans of pumpkin on hand that I bought just last week. Better go get some more just so that I have them later when I want more. :0)

  15. I got 2 cans today after weeks of searching! Thinking I may try out your recipe! Thanks!