Pumpkin Cranberry Pillow Cookies


These cookies are like pillows!”

Andy helps me ‘title’ recipes, and doesn’t even realize it.

There’s a can of pumpkin puree in my pantry that’s been staring at me, waiting patiently to be used.  Pumpkin won the staring contest and unto us, a cookie was born.
And after consuming a number I am not willing to share, this cookie is earning a spot, high on my favorites list.  Doughy and perfectly spiced, with chewy cranberries and a holiday glaze finish.

:: Pumpkin Cranberry Pillow Cookies ::

Saturday night, home sweet home. It’s late evening after a really busy day. Chilly outside, and it’s already been dark since oh, 4:25pm-ish. Lame.
What does a 25 and 26 year old do?

Build a fort, duh.
And bake Pumpkin cookies to eat IN their fort, duh.
And find that Home Alone 2 DVD in the box in their closet because it’s not Christmas yet but who cares because they don’t follow the rules anymore, duh.

Chill out, Christmas-After-Thanksgiving people.  (I used to be one of you. The grass is greener on this side. :) )


Preheat oven to 350.


  • 2 & 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp Mama Harrison’s Pumpkin Pie Spice (or substitute mixing cinnamon/ginger/nutmeg/allspice)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (not packed)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling – it’s different)
  • 3 TBSP applesauce (optional – adds nice moisture to cookie)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


  • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 TBSP milk (any kind)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 TBSP butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg

Set cranberries aside. Don’t need ’em yet.
Mix dry ingredients (minus the sugars). Mix wet ingredients, as well as the sugars. Mix all together.  Add cranberries to the dough last.
Grease baking sheet. Put spoonfuls on baking sheet. Bake for 15 min. Cool on foil or cooling rack.

Put all your glaze ingredients in a bowl.
Hwhip with a Hwhisk.

Once the cookies are cooled a bit, use a spoon and drizzle the tops.

Let them cool. Eat one. Make a fort. Eat a second one. Watch a holiday classic, while eating a few more. Fall asleep in your AWESOME fort. Wake up and go to bed at 3am. Make memories you’ll never forget:)


from my Tiny Kitchen,



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