One of the stars of the Cherries in Winter cookie swap party is also one of the easiest recipes. If you have any pumpkin left over from Thanksgiving, use it to make these soft, spicy treats.

Pumpkin Cookies

Cookie dough:
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter
1 cup pumpkin
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spices
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour

1/2 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons milk or soymilk
3 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream sugar and butter, and mix in the egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together all dry ingredients. Fold sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla into dry ingredients. Add pumpkin and mix together. Drop tablespoons of dough onto cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.
When cookies are done baking, boil brown sugar, milk, and butter for 3 minutes. Stir in powdered sugar and remove from heat. Allow cookies to cool, then drizzle them with icing mixture.

Makes 4 dozen.