(Gluten-Free) Pumpkin Cookies

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Fall has always been my favorite time of year, and one of the reasons why is all the yummy food.  (Two words: Halloween, Thanksgiving.  Enough said.)  Every fall, for as long as I can remember, my mom has baked her homemade pumpkin cookies and I love them with all of my heart.  Today, I decided to try to make them myself!

That is a picture of my mom’s recipe.  It changed slightly a few years ago when I found out that I couldn’t eat gluten anymore, but all my mom did was replace the flour with a gluten-free flour mix.  If you are a gluten eater and you would like to make this recipe, regular flour will still work great.


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 3/4 cups gluten-free flour mix (make sure it includes either xanthan gum or guar gum for texture)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Cream shortening and sugar until fluffy.
  • Beat in egg, orange extract, and vanilla.
  • Stir in pumpkin.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice.
  • Add flour mixture to egg mixture, mixing well.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoons onto greased baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350 for 12 to 15 minutes.

Today’s batch turned out delicious, and now the house smells great.

I’m calling it a success.


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My name is Laura, and I am a professional figure skater who gets to travel the world for my job. I love knitting, crafting, blogging, and drinking coffee.
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4 Responses to (Gluten-Free) Pumpkin Cookies

  1. Justin Gaumond says:

    They tasted great. And you are really learning how to use this program and make these look great!! It was fun to see the pictures on how you created the cookies that you brought me.

  2. Madison says:

    We’re gluten free too! I just love baking. Those cookies look great. If you would like, you can check out my post about gluten-free pumpkin muffins! http://madisonscrapbook.blogspot.com/2011/10/pumpkin-muffins.html

  3. I can’t wait to make these – thanks for sharing.

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