Pumpkin Shortbread

Here's a shortbread for autumn you're going to love with your cup of tea or coffee; these are great little dunkers. (Milk would work too.) Not too sweet, but with lovely pumpkin flavor and and nicely crisp. Your family might like them sweeter, so before you cut, glaze the whole thing with confectioners sugar mixed with milk (or eggnog!), or serve them with ice cream. I like them simple and elegant with just a sprinkling of confectioners sugar.
Spicy fragrance from your oven and an uncomplicated recipe for a perfect fall treat: a pumpkin spiced shortbread cookie. Win-win.

Pumpkin Shortbread
From Libby's

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1/3 to 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (use 1/2 cup for a softer shortbread)
2 teaspoons sparkling or granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 300° F. Spray bottom of 9-inch fluted tart pan with removable bottom with nonstick cooking spray. (I used a square tart pan)

Combine flour, cornstarch, pumpkin pie spice and salt in small bowl.
Beat butter and powdered sugar in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in pumpkin until combined. Add flour mixture and mix until just incorporated. Spread dough into prepared pan; smooth top.

Bake for 80 minutes or until firm and golden brown. Cool for about 10 minutes; remove side from pan. When cool, sprinkle with confectioners sugar. Use a serrated knife to cut into wedges. (Or squares)


  1. What a lovely fall treat--and a good way to use up those small amounts of pumpkin puree when you have them.


  2. A perfect dessert for the fall. They look wonderful sprinkled with confectioner's sugar!

  3. You have been on apumpkin roll..these loook so perfect for the season.

  4. I've got a pumpkin shortbread coming up on the blog soon, I just love pumpkin in any form I can get it these days! Yours looks so buttery, I'm wishing I had a piece right now with my coffee :)

  5. I must bake this too! They look fantastic, Barbara.

  6. These look amazing! I just found some pumpkin in the stores, and I am looking for something to make!

  7. It looks delicious! Perfect with a glass of Baileys...



  8. Wow. what a great idea. Can't wait to try your recipe!

  9. Hi Barbara, I love shortbread, never thought to make a pumpkin one, bet this is delicious!

  10. nearly as much butter as flour--this is my kind of treat! :)

  11. Loving your pumpkin shortbreads. You are right these would be perfect with a glass of milk at night and a good cup of coffee in the morning.

    Hope you are enjoying your fall.


  12. I don't like overly sweet sweets and this shortbread looks like the perfect accompaniment to my hot cup of afternoon chocolate!

  13. what a great idea to add pumpkin love your festive recipes

  14. I sure these warm your home with the most delicious smell.

  15. I just made some pumpkin puree from a pie pumpkin I had bought at the farmers market! These sound wonderful, Barbara, and absolutely perfect for this time of year.

  16. Two of my favorites - pumpkin and shortbread! This is a must-make.



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