Virtual Vegan Potluck /// Mexican Wedding Pumpkin Cookies

November 1, 2012

Hello November! Let’s welcome you in with a potluck, shall we? For everyone following the virtual vegan potluck, I hope you are enjoying scanning through copious amounts of vegan fare from all over the world! And for those of you who are regulars and have no idea what a virtual potluck even is, please feel free to scroll to the bottom of the page and check out the wonderful recipes that other bloggers made as part of this potluck.

Anyhow, I decided to be festive and made pumpkin cookies. I know, I know. Pumpkin is for October and Halloween but I don’t care! It’s totally delicious and I’m having too much fun turning regular recipes into fall ones. Plus, these cookies are [literally] rolled in sugar…how can that be bad?

Mexican Wedding Pumpkin Cookies

  • 1/2 cup canola or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon all spice
  • dash of cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped and toasted
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Powdered sugar, for rolling the cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the oil, pumpkin, sugar, and vanilla. Once combined, turn the mixer down to low and slowly add in the cinnamon, ginger, all spice, clove, salt, and flour. Lastly, add in the chopped pecans (the dough will be VERY stiff and thick – perfect for shaping!).

Roll the dough into evenly sized balls (about the size of a golf-ball) and place on the cookie sheet (they won’t expand much so you don’t have to worry about them being too close together). Cook for about 15 minutes or until they start to slightly turn brown.

While still warm, roll the cookies in powdered sugar to completely coat them.

Scarf down with some warm chai tea or while snuggling under a warm blanket!

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Also, don’t forget to check out the giveaway I am hosting and click on the images below to see more from the Virtual Vegan Potluck!

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33 Comments

  • Reply Lou November 1, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Your photos are glorious – love the look of your blog…. really looking forward to sculking around and reading more :)

    • Reply shellywest November 1, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      glad to hear it! Thanks so much!

  • Reply trueindigo November 1, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Look at these little cuties! I love a good pumpkin cookie and they are like nothing I have ever tried. I look forward to treating my family to a batch soon!

  • Reply tearoomdelights November 1, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    What a beautiful page you have, and your cookies sound utterly delicious. I love your teacup too, very pretty.

    • Reply shellywest November 1, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      Thanks! I inherited them from my grandma!

  • Reply ElephantBelly November 1, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    YUM!!

  • Reply The Healthy Flavor November 1, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Omg those look so good and I love the name of those cookies!! Following your blog now :)

  • Reply An Unrefined Vegan November 1, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Fantastic to get some pumpkin into those gorgeous little bites! Thank you for participating in the Potluck!

    • Reply shellywest November 1, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      Thanks so much for hosting it!

  • Reply myhealthyohana November 1, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I love Mexican wedding cookies (my mom always called them melting moments, haha!). We would always have them at Christmas time. I can’t wait to try these with pumpkin, great idea!!

    • Reply shellywest November 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      oh! I like the name melting moments! I was trying to do some research last night and find a more…appropriate name for them but couldn’t! Darn! Wish I would have known that one!

  • Reply Shira November 1, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    What beautiful cookies and even more beautiful photos! I love mexican wedding cookies too :) Happy VVP!

  • Reply Food Stories November 1, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Just making my way through the VVP & wanted to say hey :-)

  • Reply Brittany November 1, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    THESE are perfect for fall!! I lovee the pumpkin addition. They look delicious!

  • Reply Vanessa November 1, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    These look so good! I love the bright yellow/orange color!

  • Reply A Tablespoon of Liz November 1, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    These look so good! I used to eat mexican wedding cookies all the time, I love how you made them with pumpkin!

  • Reply Kristy November 1, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    These look so good! And your photography is gorgeous too!

  • Reply infinebalance November 1, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    So yummy! Gorgeous photos too! Glad I found your blog

  • Reply K-bobo @ Gormandize with A-dizzle & K-bobo November 1, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Looks fantastic, have bookmarked this to try! Nice to meet you at the potluck!

    • Reply shellywest November 2, 2012 at 11:03 am

      Wonderful meeting you as well!

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  • Reply Gabby @ the veggie nook November 2, 2012 at 7:37 am

    These are so beautiful- who cares that it’s October- pumpkin is ALWAYS a good idea :)

    Happy VVP!

    • Reply shellywest November 2, 2012 at 11:02 am

      Glad we are on the same page, Gabby!

  • Reply Somer November 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Oh my goodness, I all ready love Mexican wedding cookies, but then you go and add pumpkin! Fantastic! Thanks so much for being part of the potluck!

  • Reply Somer November 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    p.s. would you mind updating your go forward and go back buttons so that they link to the blogs in the lineup next to yours permalinks? That way the potluck stays as a blog circle! Thanks again :)

    http://www.thelittleredjournal.com/2012/10/spiced-pumpkin-oat-cookies.html

    http://bitemevegan.blogspot.com/2012/10/coconut-cake-tropical-fruit-parfaits.html

  • Reply Allison November 2, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    These sound awesome! Such a genius vegan recipe adaptation, with the pumpkin puree to hold it all together. Yum.

  • Reply thecrueltyfreereview November 2, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    I haven’t had a good Mexican wedding cookie in a while…guess this is my excuse to make my own!

  • Reply Janyce November 3, 2012 at 12:54 am

    These look amazing!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Starr November 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    mmm, I love Mexican Wedding Cookies. Pumpkin sounds like a delicious twist!

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