Monday, October 10, 2011

Iced Pumpkin Cookies for Emma's Golden Birthday

 One of my friend's Granddaughter, Emma, was turning seven on her Golden Birthday, October 7th. Emma is Anna's older sister. Remember, I made Chocolate Mini Stars with Anna in May?  Of course you do.   Your Golden Birthday is the year you turn the same age as the day you were born. When I was growing up, I never celebrated my Golden birthday, nor did my kids. It's just a nice thing to celebrate. Did you ever celebrate your Golden Birthday?  I was invited to the party, but Emma's Godmother was bringing the cake and cupcakes, so I decided to make  "Golden Cookies" in commemoration of her special day.  I looked at several recipes, and decided on Iced Pumpkin Cookies, that when baked, take on a golden glow. These cookies bake into golden pillows of pumpkin flavor, with all of the spices. Then, I frosted the special cookie for Emma, with Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting, and dusted the cookie with gold shimmer dust. For the rest of the cookies, I just put on  a Vanilla Glaze, and then dusted with gold shimmer dust. 

Here is Emma in her Golden Glory. She's in first Grade, and has lost 5 teeth already. She had her party at an indoor play zone with a party room. See the crown on her head. Everyone had a wonderful time!

So, if you know someone who is having a Golden Birthday, or you just want to have some yummy pumpkin cookies, make these Iced Pumpkin Cookies.  Enjoy!

Iced Pumpkin Cookies from
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Glaze
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.
  3. Bake for 12 to 15 to  minutes, or until tops bounce back, when touched lightly, in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then drizzle glaze with fork.
To Make Glaze: Combine confectioners' sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling consistency.


  1. Happy birthday to Emma! Those cookies look so hearty and flavorful-my golden has long since passed so I will need to think of an excuse to have these.
    Pumpkin and spice are the tasty benefits of fall. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Tina- My golden birthday has since passed as well, but you can just make these cookies, just because it's fall. The cookies have all the flavors of Fall.

  3. Happy Bday Emma, man I missed my golden bday and didn't even know it. Maybe I should have another one, huh. I love pumpkin cookies, I bet Emma did too. Hope you both have a great week. Bring on Fall!

  4. Gina- These pumpkin cookies are very good, just ask Emma and my husband! I love Fall, except for the walnuts:(

  5. I'm almost 21 years late for my Golden Birthday...thanks for the explanation :) I'd love these beautiful iced pillows...and my kids would, too~

  6. Lizzy- I'm way beyond my golden Birthday, too. These are wonderful cookies for Fall, however.

  7. Becky-Such a perfect and yummy golden pumpkin cookies for a lovely little girl. You are so sweet and caring to bake these for her!

    Happy Birthday, Emma!
    Much love, and hugs, to Emma:DD

  8. Elisabeth-These cookies are yummy! thank you for Emma's Birthday wishes. My friend is generous enough to 'share Emma and Anna" with me, since my granddaughter lives 5 hrs. away.

  9. Awesome cookies, happy birthday to Emma, I love these photos of both the cookies and her gorgeous!

  10. Claudia- thank you for the birthday wishes for Emma and your sweet words.

  11. Becky, Emma is just the cutest... According to lore, I would have had to have my Golden Birthday when I was 3. The cookies look delicious and I'll bet Emma liked the special one just for her!

  12. Brooks-thank you for the b-day wishes foe Emma! I would have had my golden b-day, when I was 20.

  13. Happy belated Birthday wishes to Emma. She's such a precious girl!
    And the cookies sound delicious, perfect all season long!

  14. My golden birthday was half my life ago. I didn't know what it was at that time, so no, I didn't celebrate it. Those cookies would have been a wonderful part of my day though. It makes me feel sad for Dudette. Her birthday's on the 1st. She's already way done and gone with it.

  15. How nice for Emma! The cookies look delicious! She's a cutie! Interesting with the golden birthday, mine was ages ago.


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