Pumpkin Walnut Cookies

Pumpkin Walnut Cookies
  • Prep Time
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  • Skill Level
    Intermediate
  • Makes
    5
    dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1 package (3 oz.) cream cheese
  • walnut pieces (optional)

Instructions

PREHEAT oven to 350º F.

COMBINE butter, brown sugar and sugar in large mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add pumpkin, egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Continue beating for 1 to 2 minutes or until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; beat in flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in 1 cup walnuts by hand. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

BAKE for 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

COMBINE powdered sugar, butter, cream cheese, remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice in medium mixer bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until smooth. Frost cooled cookies. Garnish with walnuts.