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Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

For the Pumpkin Cookies

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup canned pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 8 ounce block cream cheese softened
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Instructions

For the Pumpkin Cookies

  1. Mix together sugar, pumpkin, and shortening
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice
  3. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and mix well
  4. Cover and chill overnight
  5. Preheat oven to 350
  6. Use a 1 tablespoon size scoop or two tablespoons to drop on parchment lined baking sheet
  7. Bake 12-15 minutes
  8. Cool on baking pan for a few minutes then transfer to a rack to cool completely

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Combine cream cheese, butter, confectioners sugar, and vanilla bean paste in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment
  2. Mix on low until combined, then increase speed to medium and mix until smooth
  3. Top each pumpkin cookie with a heaping tablespoon of cream cheese frosting - or as much as desired