Kids love pumpkin cookies


January 17, 2001|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

Marie Kursave of Rapid City, S.D., asked for a pumpkin-cookie recipe, and William A. Anderson of Lutherville responded.

He says he hopes the recipe is the right one. "I found it in a cookbook called `Zucchini Cookbook' by Ralston and Jordan, from 1977," he said.

Pumpkin Cookies

Makes 4 dozen cookies

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1 1/4 cups brown sugar

1 egg

1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin

2 cups seedless raisins

Sift together flour, salt, baking soda and spices. Combine vanilla extract, vegetable oil, sugar, egg and pumpkin and beat well. Add flour mixture and combine; add raisins. Mix well. Drop spoonfuls of batter on a buttered cookie sheet, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for 18-20 minutes or until very lightly browned. Cool on wire racks and store in an airtight container.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "These are moist, caky cookies. They get even softer and a bit gooey on the surface after a day or two, so they are best if eaten right away. They could also be frozen with no ill effects. Kids love them, and they are certainly more healthful than most cookie recipes."

Recipe requests:

John Garth of Timonium is seeking a recipe for Spanish meatballs with tomato juice. He also would like to have a ham loaf with pineapple.

Ernest Adams of Columbia writes that for years he has sought a recipe for Black Walnut Cake like the one his grandmother made. "I'm 67 and retired, and my daughter Suzanne said she would make it for me."

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278. If you send more than one recipe, please put each on a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and daytime phone number. Important: Please list the ingredients in order of use, and note the number of servings each recipe makes. Please type or print contributions. Letters may be edited for clarity.

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