I couldn’t resist purchasing a fresh Jack o Lantern type pumpkin at the store for $2.99… so I spiced and roasted the pumpkin after removing the seeds and cutting the pumpkin into med/lge wedges, baking the pumpkin until tender (about an hour at 350F).   I used the pumpkin puree in smoothies, homemade lasagna and making cookies.

This recipe makes  22 1″ round cookies.

Ingredients

For the pumpkin cookie dough:

  • 6 tbsp     butter, softened
  • 2 cups    almond flour
  • 1/3 cup  solid pack pumpkin puree
  • 1            large uncooked egg or equivalent
  • 3/4 cup  granulated Swerve (erythritol sweetener)
  • 1/2 tsp   baking powder
  • 2 tsp      pumpkin spice
  •               pinch of salt

For the cheesecake filling:

  • 4 oz      cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp  vanilla
  • 1          large uncooked egg or equivalent
  • 2 tbsp  granulated Swerve (erythritol sweetener)

Optional Garnish:  Add a shelled pumpkin seed or pistachio in the middle of the cream cheese filling just before baking.


Directions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees.
    2. In a medium-size bowl add dough ingredients, stir until a dough forms.
    3. Scoop 1 1/2 tbsp of dough per cookie onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Leave an inch between each cookie.
    4. Using the back of a teaspoon, make a hollow depression in the center of each cookie.
    5. In a medium bowl add the cream cheese, sweetener, egg and vanilla.  Combine ingredients until smooth.
    6.  Make the cheese filling and add a tsp of filling to the center of each cookie.
    7. Place a shelled pistachio or pumpkin seed on top of the center portion of the cream cheese filling on each cookie.
    8. Bake the cookies in a preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until the dough is golden brown and the cheese filling no longer jiggles.
    9. Let cookies cool for 10 minutes then transfer to a plate and serve.
    10. Label and store any leftovers in a freezer ziptop bag or other airtight container. Refrigerate up to 1 wk. or freeze up     to 3 mo.

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