Teresa Heinz Kerry’s Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Okay, let me just state for the record how creepy this Family Circle contest is. The whole idea of trying to make the wife of each presidential candidate appeal to the common person is just campiagn PR at one of it’s lowest. Let me let you in on a little secret:

Neither Teresa Heinz Kerry nor Laura Bush is like you or I…unless of course your a billionaire or a president’s wife. And to use these little contests to try to connect us to them is a tad disengenuous.

Okay, I’m off my soap box. Here’s Teresa Heinz Kerry’s Pumpkin Spice Cookies.

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree (from 15-ounce can; do not use pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup raisins

Heat oven to 375°. With electric mixer, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg, pumpkin and vanilla. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and allspice. Stir into pumpkin mixture. Stir in chopped walnuts and raisins. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a well-greased cookie sheet and bake at 375° for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden on edges.

Makes about 5 dozen.

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