Well a lily society member graciously offered to share her awesome cookie recipe in answer to this question.
Halloween Pumpkin Hermit Cookies
¾ cup shortening
1 ¼ cup brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. allspice
½ tsp. cloves (use about 1/8 of a tsp. can be a bit overpowering otherwise)
½ tsp. salt
1 cup raisins (plumped)
walnuts and dates to taste (about 1/2 cup of each)
Cream shortening and brown sugar together. Add eggs and cream well. Add the pumpkin puree and vanilla.
In a separate bowl combine all the dry ingredients together. Add to the shortening mixture and mix until fully combined.
Add the raisins nuts and dates.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 - 12 minutes. Cool and try not to eat too many!!
Thanks Shirley T. for this great recipe!!