From the Kitchen: Pumpkin Cookies

I admit, I rushed to Starbucks on September 4 to be reunited with the best fall drink around: Pumpkin Spice Latte. While I was sipping on my wonderful, warm drink, I began to think what other great pumpkin recipes are out there. To my surprise, pumpkin is everywhere in the baking world. Cookies, cakes, cupcakes, soup, even pumpkin mac & cheese fill Pinterest Pumpkin Recipe Board. I’m pretty sure I’ll be turning into a pumpkin this fall because I’m bound to try all of them!

My first pumpkin recipe I tried was Giada De Laurentiis, Pumpkin Raisin Cookies. They were absolutely delicious! I’m not the biggest fan of Raisins, so I substituted them for walnuts. For healthier options, try Coconut Oil or Almond Flour. Happy Baking! 

Spiced Pumpkin-Raisin Cookies

1 cup all-purpose flour

2/3 cup old-fashioned oats

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon fine salt

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

3/4 cup raw sugar, plus additional for sprinkling

1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup raisins

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line 2 heavy large baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, oats, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and allspice. Stir to blend well. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, pumpkin puree, oil, syrup and vanilla; whisk to blend. Using a flexible rubber spatula, gradually stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture. Stir in the raisins.

For each cookie, drop 1 generous tablespoon of batter onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing the mounds about 1 inch apart (or use a mini ice cream scoop). Using moistened fingertips, flatten each to a 2-inch-diameter round. Sprinkle each cookie with a bit more raw sugar.

Bake the cookies until brown and a bit firm to the touch, 17 to 20 minutes. Using a metal spatula, transfer the cookies to a rack and cool completely.

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis



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