As a tradition, on September 1st, (when fall officially starts in my family), I bake my coveted pumpkin oatmeal raisin cookies. My passion is baking and the boys know mommy shows a little extra love for them through my baked goods. These cookies not only fill your home with the alluring scents of fall, but fill little (and big) tummies with love.
Alright, alright, I’ll get to the recipe. Try these at least once. I promise you won’t regret it! As far as cookies go, they are a healthy alternative to the store bought type filled with preservatives and trans fats. Not only that, but, they’ll get your entire family in the mood for fall!
- 30 mins
- 14 mins
- 15 mins
- 48 cookies
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/3 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margaine, softened
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar or coarse baking sugar (used to garnish).
PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Lightly grease baking sheets.
COMBINE flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in medium bowl. Beat butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract; mix well. Add flour mixture; mix well. Stir in nuts and raisins. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets. I highly recommend using parchment sheets to line your baking trays – ANYTIME you bake cookies. The results are incredible. After you drop the dough, sprinkle the tops with the reserved 1/4 cup of sugar.
BAKE for 14 to 16 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned and set in centers. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
These won’t last. Not at all. 🙂
The final step is the easiest: Enjoy your home-baked cookies with your family. Your children will hold these memories nearest to their hearts. Remember, it’s the little things that mean the most.
Thoughts, comments, questions? Please email me, Jennkaysen@gmail.com
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