Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Pumpkin Cookies with Maple-Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

"These Pumpkin Cookies are perfect for Fall.  Whether you make them for Halloween treats or Thanksgiving goodies, they are a perfect addition to your holiday baking.  The moist pumpkin cookies are delicious on their own, but the Maple-Vanilla Buttercream Frosting makes them absolutely IRRESISTIBLE!"

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained very well
2-1/2 cups flour
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts

Cream together the butter, brown sugar and sugar.  Add egg, vanilla, pumpkin and pineapple; Combine well.  In a separate bowl, blend together the flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; Add to the creamed mixture and blend completely.  Add white chocolate chips and walnuts.  Drop by heaping Tablespoons onto non-stick cooking sheets.  Bake at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes.  Cool on wire racks.  Frost with Maple-Vanilla Buttercream Frosting (Recipe follows).

Maple-Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
1 cup butter, softened
1 pound (16 ounce) box of powdered sugar (or 1/2 of a 2 pound bag)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon maple flavoring
3 Tablespoons milk
Pumpkin Pie Spice

Cream together butter and powdered sugar.  Add vanilla, maple flavoring and milk.  Blend until smooth and creamy.  Spread on cooled cookies and sprinkle with desired amount of pumpkin pie spice.

To decorate cookies:
I topped the cookies with candy corn.  You could also decorate them with candy pumpkins or any Fall sprinkles or decorations.

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