Frosted Tree Tops and Pumpkin Cookies

The end of October is right around the corner…our second snow fall has sprinkled the city.

Colorado is in transition between colorful fall leaves and snow.

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It is always a beautiful combination though, with the colors peaking through the white snow.

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Recently I learned that pumpkin is not used in Australia in the same way as the Unites States. In the U.S. we make our pumpkin sweet. Fall brings pumpkin lattes, pumpkin beers, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, and many more tasty treats!

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This recipe is for all those (not just in Australia!) that are deprived of this crazy idea of sweet pumpkin :)

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These cookies are more of a cake-like texture. They should maybe be called mini pumpkin cakes :)

Pumpkin Cookies
~Adapted from “Best Pumpkin Cookies by Sara in FL”

The Goods:

1 c. butter (room temperature)
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 c. canned pumpkin
1 egg
1 t. vanilla
2 c. flour (little more)
1 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. nutmeg (added this to the recipe)
1/4 t. salt

Recipe Additions:

The original recipe calls for 2 t. of cinnamon but I did only 1 t. and 1/4 t. of nutmeg (nutmeg is not in original recipe). The recipe calls for 2 cups of flour but it seemed too sticky to me so I added a little more until it was the right consistency.

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What to Do:

1. Cream together butter and sugars in a large bowl.
2. Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla to mixture.
3. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
4. Combine dry and wet ingredients.
5. Plop spoonfuls of pumpkin on a cookies sheet
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees C

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The butter glaze was the glaze used with the recipe. To make this, heat the butter and brown sugar in a saucepan. Cook for about a minute until it thickens. Blend in the milk and powdered sugar until smooth.

Butter Glaze:
3 T butter
1/2 c. dark brown sugar
1/4 c. milk
12/3-2 c. powdered sugar

I am not a big frosting person because typcially it is too sweet for me. I love cream cheese glazes typically though so I used the glaze below.

Cheese Glaze:

4 T butter
6 oz cream cheese
2 c. powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla

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Bring pumpkin sweets to your hometown! :)

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30 responses to “Frosted Tree Tops and Pumpkin Cookies

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  4. Didn’t you just love the snow? I was so excited to see and watched it from my kitchen window just dancing merrily down! Waiting for our next storm :)
    Indian cooking and Middle Eastern cooking typically uses pumpkin and squashes in savoury dishes too. We have a few sweet ones.
    Your cookies look like they could’ve hot the spot on our snowy day! With some coffee or hot cocoa yum!

    Nazneen xx

    • They did hit the spot! And I definitely enjoyed them with coffee. Except I think I also had hot cocoa that day lol…I guess the snow made me want some warm hot chocolate with whip cream :) We cook Pumpkin savory as well in soups and curry but I think many people love their pumpkin sweet, of course! Thanks for commenting!

      • Carrot cake is one of my daughter’s all time favourites, and mine too. :)

        Many years ago a good friend who is an awesome cook attempted to make a zuchinni cake. How can I put this nicely? It was remarkably inedible!

      • Have you had zucchini bread? Or are you not a fan of zucchini in the form of anything baked? I have never made a zucchini cake but I have seen recipes that look like they would be good! lol Carrot cake was my dad’s favorite too before he went off dairy.

  5. Seeing your post with all the snow has gotten me SO excited for winter! It’s still so warm in Ottawa, yesterday it was 20 degrees out!?! Crazy. The pumpkin cookies look amazing, so comforting, and festive!

  6. Yum! I love frosted pumpkin cookies and have been looking for a good recipe. Your cream cheese glaze sounds perfect. Plus, I’m simply uplifted by the whimsical idea that the treetops are covered in icing, not snow. Thanks for posting this, sweet Lilly Sue!

    • Thank you Ingrid!! You too! Except it hasn’t been too cold since then…except today is kind of overcast and cool. They are getting snow in the mountains though!! :D

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