Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

(Please excuse photo quality, shot from my iPad)

Fall is my favorite time of year. The leaves are changing, the air feels cool, boots return to the wardrobe, but most importantly pumpkin is back in season! Pumpkin is easily one of my most liked flavors. Just the smell brings so many warm memories to mind. So in the spirit of the launch of my new blog I thought I would start off with a favorite fall (and pumpkin) recipes: Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cherries and White Chocolate Chips. While the combination of ingredients may sound odd, these cookies are to die for! My husband who is not the biggest fan of anything pumpkin flavored (I married him anyways) absolutely loved these and was highly disappointed when I brought these to work and came home with no leftovers. A crowd pleaser and must try for the fall season!

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Adapted from My Baking Addiction
Yields 48
2 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking soda

1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

½ teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter; softened

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup pure pumpkin puree

1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup white chocolate chips

1 cup dried cherries; roughly chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line your baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.

2. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt in medium bowl. Beat butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until light and fluffy.

3. Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract; mix well. Add flour mixture; combine until all ingredients are incorporated. Fold in white chocolate chips and dried cherries.

4. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets.

5. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
 TIP: Add in anything you would like in place of the white chocolate chips or dried cherries, I have used walnuts, almonds, raisons, dark chocolate, hazelnuts, pomegranates, etc

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