Just made these for our Oktoberfest party tomorrow night. Super yummy, although they can be frosted with a butter/powdered sugar frosting if you're into that kind of thing.
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. shortening
1 3/4 c. canned pumpkin (1 15 oz can)
2 3/4 c. flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ginger (just realized I forgot this - damn!)
1 c. raisins (I substituted in chocolate chips!)
1 c. pecans (I toasted mine for extra flavor)
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix sugar, shortening, eggs, and pumpkin thoroughly. Blend dry ingredients; add to pumpkin mixture, stirring until well blended. Add raisins (or choc. chips) and pecans. Drop batter by teaspoonfuls on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
The best part of these cookies is that they aren't too sickly sweet or soft - they have a nice consistency and good flavor. I'll definitely be making them again!
I also made chex mix and a double batch of broccoli cheese soup today - plus cleaned and worked on moving as much stuff out of my kitchen and dining room as possible in order to set up for the party. Tomorrow it's time to make 2 batches of chili and 4 loaves of beer bread before the guests arrive - and to watch the Gophers take on Penn State, of course!