These were good, but the reviews set me up with higher expectations! The pumpkin flavor definitely gets lost with everything else these cookies have going on; I'll see what I think after they've aged a day. I added more spices - extra cinnamon, some ginger, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg - upon reading the suggestions. The shortening keeps these cookies from spreading much, which makes for nice puffy cookies. The frosting was more like a maple fudge. I wound up adding nearly all 2 c. of confectioner's sugar, but if I were to do it again, I might stop between 1.5 and 1.75. It was hard to get the fudgy frosting to really stick to the cookies. I was glad for the craggy tops to give it any traction. I might try these again, but I don't know if they'll make it into the holiday cookie canon.
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These were good, but the reviews set me up with higher expectations! The pumpkin flavor...