Holiday Traditions

It’s hard to believe that we are in November!  The summer’s heat is just a memory, and cooler, crisper air is finally here!  It’s the time of year for baking, baking, and more baking!  There is just something special about baking in the fall, filling the house with pleasant aromas.  Every cook has traditional recipes she/he enjoys making, and it’s no different at our house.  I got this recipe many years ago during my very first year of teaching.  Jana, her husband Ken, and their two children befriended this brand new, single teacher, and have remained friends all these years. Jana made these special cookies for her children and shared them and the recipe with me.  I began making them for my students, and then eventually, my husband and children.   We still enjoy them! Enjoy them plain or with cream cheese frosting topped with candy corn or seasonal M&Ms.

Pumpkin Cookies

1-1/4 c. sugar

1/2 c. butter or shortening

1 egg

1 (16oz) can pumpkin

1 tsp. vanilla

2 c. flour

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. soda

1/2 c. chopped nuts

Cream together sugar and butter. Add egg, pumpkin, and vanilla. Mix together  dry ingredients. Add to first mixture. Mix well.  Drop by tsp. Bake 10-12 minutes.  Let cool.  Frost with prepared cream cheese frosting and top with a piece of candy corn or M&Ms.