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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Pumpkin Walnut Cookies

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1 cup cooked or canned pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp grated lemon peel
1 tsp lemon juice
2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 cup coarsely chopped Diamond Walnuts

Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in pumpkin, vanilla, lemon peel and juice. Resift flour with baking powder, salt and spice; blend into butter mixture. Stir in walnuts. Drop by tablespoonsful onto greased baking sheets 2 in apart. Bake at 375 degrees 12 to 14 min. makes about 2 1/2 doz. 3" cookies.

To decorate: Spread cookies with a vanilla buttercream frosting and make "face" with walnut pieces and candy corn.

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