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Walnut-Pumpkin Cookies

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"These pumpkin cookies are frosted with maple frosting. There has never been a person who has not LOVED these cookies, even those who do not like pumpkin cookies. It has been a family recipe for 35 years. It has won 1st prize at a cookie exchange and at a pumpkin contest at work. I usually triple the recipe!"
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30 m servings 301
Original recipe yields 24 servings (2 dozen cookies)


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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Mix sugar and shortening together in a bowl. Mix in egg. Add pumpkin and vanilla extract; mix well. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt and mix until well combined. Fold in walnuts.
  3. Use small teaspoons or a cookie scoop to drop rounded teaspoonfuls of cookie dough onto ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until edges turn golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Allow to cool.
  5. Meanwhile, beat powdered sugar and butter together with an electric mixer until combined. Stir in milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until a frosting consistency is reached. Fold in maple extract until thoroughly combined.
  6. Spread maple frosting over the cooled cookies.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • If you live in a hot climate where buttercream frosting does not hold up, you can add 1/2 cup shortening to the butter.
  • Unfrosted cookies freeze well.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 301 calories; 15.9 38.8 2.3 18 177 Full nutrition

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I made half the recipe and still got 24 cookies. I only used 1 cup powdered sugar in the frosting and 3 1/2 tsp of milk, the rest of the frosting ingredients remained the same. With that being s...