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September 27, 2010

Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Icing

While I was spending a lot of time at the hospital taking care of Bloodhound, my mother was at the house with our children.  In an effort to make some spaghetti they defrosted what they thought was homemade tomato sauce but it was really pumpkin.  Last year at the end of the fall season I found a few pumpkins marked down and I cooked them and froze the puree.  If were just a tad more industrious I would have marked them.  
So today, as the dust settled, I realized that I would need to either cook the puree into a recipe or throw it out.  I found a few pumpkin cookie recipes and I morphed them into this moist and tasty treat.  I believe that the fresh ground nutmeg is what makes these cookies.

My oldest is always dubious of anything I cook.  He figures there is a good chance that I have disguised a healthy vegetable in any and all recipes.  He tasted my pumpkin cookie and even though he knew there was flax seed and oatmeal in them he said, “I aint going to lie to you, these are fantastic.”  What can I say about the grammar?...he was home schooled.  My daughter thinks that I could sell them.  I know that I like them and cannot decide whether I should drink a cup of hot tea or coffee with them.  Either way my hips are going to suffer.
Here is the recipe...hope you enjoy!

2 1/2 cups of flour
1 1/3 cups of rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

1/2 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup of canola oil 
2 tablespoons molasses
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2  tablespoon of ground flax seed

Icing - 

2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons of milk
1 tablespoon of melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup of ground pecans or walnuts.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix flour, oats, soda, salt and spices in a small bowl.

In mixer combine sugars, oil, molasses, puree, vanilla and flax seed.  

Mix in flour and oat mixture.

Drop by teaspoons onto lightly greased cookie sheet.  If you want them pretty, wet your finger and smooth out any ridges.  Bake for 8 min.  Let cool for a minute or two before transferring to rack.  When cool drizzle with icing and sprinkle with nuts.

Icing Instructions:

Combine all icing ingredients with the exception of the nuts with a whisk.  Sprinkle tops of iced cookies with nuts.

Let me know what you or tea?
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