maida heatter

old fashioned pumpkin rocks

by jani on November 19, 2012

Do you know why these cookies are called rocks? No… it’s not because they’ll break a tooth the minute you bite into them! They’re called rocks because they keep their shape as you bake them – and I kind of think they look like rocks! These seriously rock (pun intended) hot out of the oven with a glass of cold milk… heavenly!

HB has been using Maida Heatter’s, “Book Of Great Cookies” since it was first published in 1977. She has some fabulous recipes in this book.

We decided to change her recipe for Pumpkin Rocks just a bit and came up with this:


  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (we added a bit more)
  • 3/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1 cube butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lb canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup Craisins
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 375 F Mix together dry ingredients and set aside. In large mixing bowl add softened butter, and brown and white sugars. Add the eggs one at a time; beat well, then mix in the pumpkin. On lower speed add the dry ingredients gradually. Fold in Craisins, walnuts and golden raisins.

Scoop rounded tablespoons of the dough and place them 1 to 1- 1/2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Bake cookies for about 18 minutes or until golden brown.

[In Maida Heatter’s book she adds a glaze to these cookies. We prefer it without, but if you’d like to add the glaze make it while the cookies are hot. The ingredients for the glaze are: 3 Tbsp soft butter 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar, pinch of salt, 3 Tbsp milk. This should be the consistency of heavy cream – do not make the glaze too thin. If you decide to glaze your cookies (again, we didn’t, as we like them just hot out of the oven and it’s less sugar) bake them on aluminum foil. The minute they come out of the oven, brush the tops with the glaze. The heat of the cookies will melt the glaze and it will run down unevenly. Cool until glaze is completely dry]

HB and I decided this is our new favorite fall cookie! We’ve always love the pumpkin cookies with chocolate chips. But these honestly are so incredibly delish…  I hope you’ll enjoy this yummy treat!