Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pumpkin Cookies with Penuche Frosting

“A soft cookie with a candy frosting." from Joy Deneen.  Penuche is a brown-sugar candy/fudge flavor popular in New England that really sets off the soft pumpkin cookies amazingly!

INGREDIENTS
Cookies:
1 C shortening
½ C packed brown sugar
½ C white sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 C all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp salt
1C chopped walnuts


Frosting:
3 tbsp butter
1/2 C packed brown sugar
¼ C milk
2 C confectioners’ sugar


DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.

In a large bowl, cream together shortening, ½ cup brown sugar, and white sugar. Mix in pumpkin, egg, and vanilla. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt; mix into the creamed mixture. Stir in walnuts. Drop dough by heaping spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the 3 tablespoons butter and ½ cup brown sugar. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute, or until slightly thickened. Cool slightly, then stir in the milk, and beat until smooth. Gradually stir in 2 cups confectioners’ until frosting has reached desired consistency. Spread on cooled cookies.

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