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Holiday Cookie Recipe: Pumpkin Cookies with Rum-Soaked Raisins

These cookies are sure to please guests at the office Christmas party.

Submitted by Kathy Siler

Ingredients:

5 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cornstarch
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. ginger
3/4 rounded tsp. ground cloves
3/4 tsp. ground allspice
3/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
3 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 pound butter, softened
1/4 cup shortening (Crisco)
1 1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 + cup honey
2 large or extra large eggs, slightly beaten
2 tsp. vanilla
1 heaping cup pumpkin or squash puree (cooked and cooled)
2 cups raisins (may use half light and half dark) raisins soaked in rum for 24 hours

Directions:

Preheat oven to about 360 degrees. Sift together several times, the flour, cornstarch, spices, salt and cream of tartar, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and shortening until light and fluffy. Add brown sugar and honey, beat well. Add eggs and beat for about 2 min. Add vanilla and pumpkin or squash and mix well. Drain raisins and fold into the creamed mixture. Gradually add sifted, dry ingredients and stir well with a wooden spoon.

Drop the dough (I used about 1/8 cup per cookie) onto lightly greased or parchment paper-lined cookie sheets. Bake 10 -15 minutes or until edges just begin to turn golden brown. Remove and cool on racks. If desired, drizzle with confectioner sugar icing. Store cookies in an air-tight container to retain moistness.

Gerald German November 26, 2012 at 07:09 PM
These are absolutely delicious! They were the rave at the dessert table! I vote for these cookies!!!
Theresa McLeod November 28, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I vote for these rum soaked raisin pumpkin cookies!!! They are just beautiful....and you can almost taste how good they are by just looking at them!
Michael Smith November 28, 2012 at 07:33 PM
I vote for these!!!
Jennifer Bailey December 01, 2012 at 02:32 PM
I vote for these cookies!!
kellie border December 01, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I vote for These cookies :)
Daniel Lai December 01, 2012 at 03:10 PM
You have to vote on the actual poll on our homepage.
barbara melnik carson December 01, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I vote for these.

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