Recipe: Pumpkin Cookies

If you are a pumpkin fan, or even if you aren't, these cookies are delicious! I have adapted this recipe from the Food Allergy Momma's cookbook. It is a great way to disguise something healthy so your little ones {or not so little ones... ya, my hubby, ha!} will eat a little bit healthier.

Don't they look delicious? Who wouldn't want to try one of these!?! Especially with all of that yummy, gooey frosting glaze on top!!

Recipe: (Makes 2 dozen 2" cookies)
1/2 c. dairy-free shortening
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce {one of those little applesauce cups is 1/2 a cup}
1 (15 oz.) can of pumpkin puree {NOT pumpkin pie filling}
3 c. flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1-1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

{I used a Kitchen-Aid mixer to make mine, but a hand mixer would work just fine}

Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Mix together the shortening and sugar. Then add the pumpkin and applesauce and mix well.
In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.
Add flour mixture to the pumpkin mix and combine well.

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper {my baking best friend!} and use a spoon or one of these guys {my second baking best friend} to scoop your cookie dough balls on your baking sheet.

Then place them in your warm oven and set the timer for 12-15 minutes. When the cookies are done they will be lightly browned -- and your kitchen will smell di-vine thanks to the cinnamon!!

Let them cool on the baking sheet for about 2 minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack. Allow them to cool completely before drizzling your glaze on top.

Glaze Recipe:
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract {use the clear stuff if you want your glaze to stay white}
3-4 Tablespoons soy, rice, or regular milk {add as much or as little to get it to your desired consistency}

Whisk all ingredients together and drizzle over your cookies. ENJOY!

The cookie is a little crispy on the outside and soft, moist, and fluffy on the inside. It's almost like eating a tiny bite-sized piece of cake! Then add that frosting too it .. and YUM! If you want a more substantial frosting instead of just a glaze, I would absolutely recommend trying out a cream cheese frosting. These cookies with a little cream cheesy goodness will!!!

My son (2 1/2 yrs old) scarfed down two of these bad boys before the glaze was even on them! Yes, they are that good! Then once the glaze was on, DELISH! We discovered that they are even better when cold. So, drizzle on that glaze and pop them in the fridge for about an hour -- if you can resist eating them for that long!

The best part for our family is that they are dairy and egg free!

Happy baking!!

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