Linda Marrone: Turn extra pumpkin into cookies

Linda Marrone’s pumpkin cookies.

Linda Marrone’s pumpkin cookies.

I’m reminded of the saying if you don’t have plans for Thanksgiving under your belt, so to speak, I hope you have reservations somewhere. Thanksgiving dinner is my favorite to cook. I still make most everything my Mom did using the same recipes.
I brine my organic turkey for one day and air dry it the next. Yes, I still stuff the bird and pour turkey broth that I had frozen over the turkey while it is cooking. I’m not calling it basting because now that’s a no-no.
I don’t think the turkey police are out in force on Thanksgiving Day, so however you cook your turkey and the sides you like to serve, it will be fine. It’s all about family, friends and leftovers. After last year of sending to go dinners all over town I’m looking forward to sitting down and eating with family who missed out on Grandma’s cooking. I’ll leave you with a simple quote for tomorrow. “If you want to find happiness, find gratitude.”
These cookies are a great way to use up any extra pumpkin you have leftover. You can frost them or not or do like I did and frost half. Be sure and use plain canned Pumpkin NOT the Pumpkin Pie filling which already has sweeteners and spices.
PUMPKIN COOKIES
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup soft butter
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ginger, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup nuts, walnuts or pecans
Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl combine butter and sugar and beat until fluffy, add pumpkin, egg, vanilla and beat well. Add your dry ingredients, mix well, stir in nuts. Drop by rounded teaspoon on cookie sheet line with parchment paper and cook for 10-12 minutes. Let cool and frost. Yield about 5 dozen cookies.
Penuche Frosting
Heat 3 tablespoons butter and ½ cup brown sugar in a medium pan until it comes to a boil, cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Cool 10 minutes add 1/4 cup milk, beat until smooth. Stir in 1 1/2 to 2 cups powdered sugar for desired spreading consistency. Too thick or thin adjust your PS or milk.
Enjoy a plate of these while you are decorating for Christmas. 

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