Holiday Pumpkin Cookies

Photo by Cindy Dyer

By this time, mom was well into baking her Christmas cookies. The extra freezer was packed with various containers labeled with the names. I wonder if she knew we used to sneak frozen cookies out of those containers well before she intended them to be eaten? Who am I kidding? Of course she did!

Mom made up her cookie recipes. She named them with to-the-point names, most often using the words “holiday” or “Christmas” in the titles. Mom didn’t waste words and this was demonstrated even in her cookie titles. She used ingredients like Crisco and even sometimes “oleo.” (Remember that word?). Some of her measurements don’t even exist today in newly-packaged items with new weights.

When mom died in 2000, my sister Jane attempted to put all her recipes in a book and called it DeDe’s Delights. She did a great job, but I still have some written in mom’s handwriting that didn’t make the book.

Mom’s gone but her cookies and many of her recipes live on. Hope you enjoy this cookie recipe.

DeDe's Holiday Pumpkin Cookies (Photo by Cindy Dyer)

Holiday Pumpkin Cookies by Lois “DeDe” Garneau

  • 1 cup shortening (this means Crisco, luckily, today, you can buy them in pre-measured sticks)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon orange extract
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup solid pack pumpkin

Cream the above, then add the following:

  • 1-3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (usually a mixture of cinnamon, ground cloves and allspice)

Drop and top with pecan half.

Bake at 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes.

My variation: For Christmas, top with red and green sugar and the pecan. Or do some without the pecan for non-nut eaters. However, the original version is the one in the photo.

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