Stephen's Pumpkin Cookies

Our oldest son has always enjoyed baking. This is one of his, and our family's, favorite recipes.

Great Pumpkin Cookies

1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 lb. can pumpkin
2 3/4 cups flour, sifted
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1 cup raisins (we substitute chocolate chips - yum!)
1 cup pecans, chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix sugar, shortening, eggs, and pumpkin thoroughly in a large bowl. Sift dry ingredients and add to pumpkin mixture. Blend well. Add raisins and pecans. Drop batter by teaspoonsful on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven, and lift off with a pancake turner. Makes about 6 dozen.

I remember one day when my husband and I had to be gone for an afternoon and the boys stayed home. When we got back, the guys were very anxious for us to come to the kitchen, which was spotlessly clean. They had washed the dishes - yippee! But, that wasn't all. They insisted that we open the cookie jar and, lo and behold, it was filled with pumpkin cookies! They had baked their favorite cookies while we were gone and cleaned up every crumb of evidence. What a great surprise for mom and dad! I can still remember their faces with the huge grins. How proud they were, and how proud we were of them. We have the best boys in the whole world! I thought that then, and I still believe it today.


  1. I would say you're right. Kids that bake your favorite cookies AND clean up afterward don't exactly grow on trees!

  2. Thanks for this recipe, Susan. I've just printed it and am looking forward to a fresh, homemade pumpkin cookie. I've added a link to Stephen's recipe (with his picture) on my page, Make Halloween Even More Fun With These Pumpkins For Kids. Hope that meets with your approval.


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