For part one of our first Pie-tacular post, we visit the incomparable Ms. Elaine McMillion in Elkview, WV on what is nearly the eve of her wedding! Elaine’s family recipe is an Appalachian classic – Pumpkin Cookies. She had this to say about the recipe
“To make this “pumpkin” cookie recipe you need a little bit of pumpkin and a lot of lard and love.
I don’t really know if this cookie has “ethnic” roots but you can find it in some bakeries scattered in Appalachia. It probably came out of a cookbook during wartime.
However, it’s special to me because this is the cookie my family makes every year around Halloween and Thanksgiving. It’s one of those cookies that you end up eating too much of while baking!
The cookie is very moist and thick. Less like a cookie and more like cake. And the icing is thick and super sweet. The icing requires patience to get it to the right consistency without burning the milk.
This has always been a cookie we have made as a family together or have made as a gift to others. When I was little, I would take a whole bag of them to school and share with my classmates. Now on November 17, I will be taking them to my own wedding and sharing them with friends and family there!”
Expect post number two (including the recipe deets) on this history-making family recipe next week, after we’ve hopefully had the opportunity to sample this one in person!