Vegan Pumpkin Cookies

13 Sep

Ahh, September.

Have I mentioned that september is my favorite month?

The cool, crisp weather.   The fall colors.   The start of something new.

And not to mention, the start of autumn food!

How about we start the month of right with Vegan Pumpkin Cookies?

Inspired by: Vegan Cookies invade your cookie jar

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup nonhydrogenated vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • A handful of shelled pumpkin seeds for garnish
  1. First, reduce the pumpkin. Place it in a saucepan over medium heat for about 45 minutes. Keep the heat low enough that it doesn’t boil, but it should appear to be steaming. Stir often. After about 30 minutes, spoon the pumpkin into a liquid measuring cup to check on how much it has reduced. It should be down to around 2/3 cup at this point. Return the pumpkin to pot to cook until it has reduced to 1/2 cup.  Set aside to cool completely.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to cream together the shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Mix in the cooled pumpkin and vanilla.
  4. Sift in remaining ingredients and mix to combine. Spoon onto cookie sheets in rounded tablespoons of dough, flattening the tops with your hands. Arrange a few pumpkin seeds in the centers, if you like.
  5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

Normally, I do not eat any dessert unless it has chocolate in it. But these are one of my new favorites as far as non chocolate desserts.

(I have chocolate muffins in the over right now, just sayin’)

Perfect for the fall season!

What is your favorite fall recipe?


15 Responses to “Vegan Pumpkin Cookies”

  1. Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) September 13, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    these are gorgeous Whitney!!!

  2. Ellie@fitforthesoul September 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    Super cute cookies! 😀 I think september would be my fave month too if I lived in another state. Haha, in SOCAL it’s not that autumn-like till wayyyy later 😛 Hope you’re having a great day!

  3. IHeartVegetables September 13, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    Oh yum! My best friend’s new roommate is a vegan and I’ve been looking for a vegan cookie recipe to test out! This looks delicious!

  4. Allison @ Food for Healing September 13, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    anything pumpkin is awesome. Pumpkin pie is my most favourite!!

  5. Tessa @ Amazing Asset September 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    Perfect indeed!! I still haven’t seen pumpkin in the grocery stores around here…sad day 😦

  6. Tara September 13, 2011 at 9:13 pm #

    Pumpkin is one of my favorite fall flavors.. so much so that I eat it all year! I actually love adding chocolate chips to pumpkin cookies. It’s delicious, but what isn’t made fabulous by the addition of chocolate?

  7. Kaila @ healthyhelperblog! September 13, 2011 at 10:54 pm #

    Yay for fall foods!! Not excited for the weather but recipes like this definitely get me excited for the season!

  8. Jess from Midwest Vegan September 14, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

    I have been eyeing these cookies in VCIYCJ for awhile. Now that the weather is starting to cool down and fall is in the air, I’m totally in the mood for some pumpkin!

    Your cookies look pretty, too!

  9. Shannon September 17, 2011 at 4:56 am #

    these look great! 🙂

  10. Elizabeth B. September 18, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    I like these a lot! My fall recipes-

  11. Steph September 27, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    I was just thinking that you could totally use a CLEAN, non-plastic ruler to measure how high in the pot 1 cup of pumpkin would be, and reduce it until it got down to half that amount. It would save a bit of time 🙂

    • vegansunshine September 27, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

      Yeah I suppose that would work. It’s does get kind of clumpy and it does’t really fill evenly in the pot so that’s why I used a measuring cup.


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