Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin Cookies
My Mom passed away about 16 years ago. She was a great mom. One of those moms that would do anything for you. She would always make french toast for breakfast. She would send my siblings and I off to school with lovingly made, brown paper bag lunches. Some were better than others. You knew it was close to grocery shopping day when you would pull out a cream cheese and jelly sandwich on stale raisin bread. Or one made of slices of American cheese and butter chunks. Sure she forgot to pick me up from basketball practice a few times, but who hasn't done that? How can anyone keep track of the schedules of 6 kids? Her kitchen counter always had a baked good of some sort albeit cookies, brownies, or Great Aunt Rose's Pound Cake to snack on after school.

What I regret most about my Mom not being with us today is that she never met my kids. I would have liked them to have been able to visit "MeMe," sit at her kitchen table and eat one of her baked goods while they chatted. The best I can do for my kids is make some of my Mom's favorite treats.

Every fall, you could count on a plate of Pumpkin Cookies at our house. My Mom got the recipe from a small gourmet shop in the town where I grew up. I am lucky enough to have her original recipe in my collection. Don't tell my sisters. They will want to steal it from me.

My Mom would write comments and notes on her recipes.

They must be good. Check out her comment.

My Notes
- I follow my Mom's handwritten notes and bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. I also substitute the following frosting recipe.

Frosting for Pumpkin Cookies

4 tablespoons of butter, softened
3 cups of powdered sugar
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
4 - 5 tablespoons of milk

Beat butter in a large bowl. With the mixer on low, add the powdered sugar slowly. Add the lemon juice and 3 tablespoons of the milk. Add additional milk if the frosting is too thick to spread on the cookies. Make sure the cookies are completely cool before frosting.

My kids will be having a plate of Pumpkin Cookies as their snack today. Thanks for the recipe Mom.


LizNoVeggieGirl said...

These cookies are a wonderful tribute to your mom; and perfect for the autumn season!

Anonymous said...

This is lovely - I have my grandmothers old cook book & one day I shall work from it....

Sarah said...

What a nice way to think about your mom! I love that pumpkin recipes are making their way back to the blogosphere. It still feels like summer in NC, but that won't stop me from eating like it is fall. Thanks for sharing such a cherished family recipe!

Colleen said...

I always trust your family recipes - can't wait to try these! PS Check out today's post :)

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Yum! Your mom has to be smiling down on your wonderful blog!

amandalouden said...

wow that looks great!!!

Robin Sue said...

Such a sweet and touching post about your mom. Yes Moms are the best. Her cookies look wonderful and the frosting on top would be a hit in my house. Thanks for this recipe and the nice pictures of your moms comments. What a treasure.

Jennifer said...

Those look great, what a nice memory of your mom!

Aimée said...

That's so sweet! I have my mother's original cookbook too and it's all in her writing. Priceless! Love the pumpkin recipe! I'll be trying these out.

Martha said...

I have a tear in my eye. I have also got a few of my mother's hand written or typed recipes. She wasn't the greatest cook, but having her recipes means a lot to me, especially now that she's not around any more.

Laura said...

I made pumpkin muffins a week ago, and liked them right out of the oven, but couldn't get into them after. But pumpkin cookies... now that sounds like a winner! Thank you for sharing your family recipe, and story. Your mom sounded lovely.