1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1 cup mashed or canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
Preheat oven to 375Â° F.
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
Beat in eggs, one at a time.
Stir in pumpkin and vanilla extract.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and spices; stir to blend.
Add dry ingredients to butter and sugar mixture – stir well.
Stir in chopped nuts.
Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls about 1-inch apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake in upper half of oven for about 12-14 minutes.
Remove pumpkin cookies to wire racks to cool.
Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
Optional add ins – white chocolate chips, raisens, golden raisens