All things pumpkin

It’s that time of year. When girls wear boots and scarves and sweaters and drink pumpkin spice lattes. That time after Halloween but before thanksgiving. When leaves crunch under your feet and swirl on the road when you drive by. I love this time of year, but not necessarily the pumpkin spice latte. I’m pretty basic when it comes to coffee. Coffee and half and half. But I do bake a lot with pumpkin. I really like pumpkin baked goods but I hate pumpkin pie. Its a texture thing. If I could get past the texture I’d be all about it. I love pumpkin bread, pumpkin scones, pumpkin cookies, and pumpkin bars. YUM!

I made pumpkin bread last week and I had some leftover pumpkin puree. I put most of it in a squash soup I made but I had a little less than half a cup left. It’s raining and threatening snow. I’m going to a socially distance garage sitting wine date later and wanted to take something so I’m making pumpkin cookies, with all the things.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 C Flour
  • 1 1/2 C Rolled Oats
  • 1 t pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 t ground ginger
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 C (or just short) pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1/4 C granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 C dark chocolate chunks
  • 1/2 C walnuts
  • 1/2 C pecans
  • 1/4 C shredded coconut

Combine all your dry ingredients: flour, oats, spices, baking soda, baking powder, salt and stir with a fork, set aside. Preheat oven to 350. Combine room temp butter and sugars, beat unit smooth. Add in egg and vanilla. Add pumpkin. Then add in dry ingredients slowly, until the dough has just come together, do not over-mix. If you are using a mixer, remove the bowl and use a spatula to mix in the goods. I like a generous cookie, otherwise you need 2. This recipe makes 16-20 pretty good sides cookies. I always stick a few extra chocolate chunks on top.

Bake 14 minutes. Yes 14. Let cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before you attempt to remove.

Obviously I am having these cookies with wine, but they are also excellent with coffee or tea. Just saying…

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