Monday, December 3, 2012

Great Pumpkin Cookie

Awhile back, I posted how I was finding it difficult to balance the demands of little man with the demands of life. Some of you offered some great suggestions which have been super helpful which I am very thankful for. The last two days, however, Eli has offered his own help in giving me time to get things done, on the computer at least. 

His solution? Be awake at ungodly hours of the morning. 

I suppose I can't complain because he doesn't cry. He's perfectly content, his bright and innocent eyes wide open, looking up at me with complete trust and curiosity, taking in all his surroundings. He will even give me a smile or two which makes every sleepless minute worth it. 

And so, I have found the time to complete today's post, which has actually been a year in the making as I intended to give this recipe a year ago around this time but for whatever reason the post never got finished. When my sister, who has taken over "Recipe of the Week" for me, told me she was going to share this family favorite this week I remembered my half finished post and told her she could pull anything from it that she wanted. 

Being the brilliant woman that she is, she came up with the idea to make this a collaborative post between the two of us where we each share our thoughts on this oh so delectable little treat.

So with that, we give you one of our family's most favorite recipes of all time: The Great Pumpkin Cookie.

Cara: I can't get enough of my Mom's "Great Pumpkin Cookie".  These cookies are super addicting.  And they're kind of deceiving because they're little and also in your head you sort of think they're healthy because they have things like pumpkin and oats and raisins in them--they're practically breakfast--and so you end up eating way more than you would if they were a chocolate chip cookie or something else less justifiable.

Carissa: But for now let’s all pretend these cookies are really great for you.  At least that is what I tell myself when I am about to go to town on a batch of the cookie dough.  "I am actually doing myself a favor by eating this cookie dough! The health benefits of pumpkin...and raisins are practically grapes which is fruit so I will really be healthier by eating these."  

Cara: One time (when I was in high school and could afford over-indulgence thanks to swimming and softball) I could NOT stop eating them.  Every time I passed by the tin I would grab one. I think I had eaten at least 6 or 7 before noon. It got to the point where there were only 5 left in the tin and I concluded it would be better for me to just eat them all because then they would be gone and I wouldn't keep eating them. haha How's that for logic?

Carissa: Of course that is women's logic. Men would just say whether I eat them now or tomorrow I will still be eating all of them so I might as well just eat the rest tomorrow.  Unless this man is our dad.  His philosophy is "I will finish the rest of the cookies so I can clean the container".  He really likes to empty out leftover containers.  So maybe this isn't women's logic as much as it is Youngblood logic. 

Cara: Okay, let's be honest, I still have no self control whatsoever sometimes when it comes to these cookies. In my defense, each year does get progressively better though. On one particular morning (a different morning than above. yes, again, it was morning, make these and you'll understand) I had already had four in the span of 30 minutes or so and as I was reaching for my fifth I was telling myself "Cara, do not reach for this cookie. Do not pick it up.  Do not put it in your mouth." And yet there was a disconnect between my head and my hand and my mouth and of course the cookie got eaten.

But see, that's a significant improvement. Down from 11 to 5. Not too shabby.   

Carissa: Ditto sister!

It is never the holiday season without these cookies.  Or without torturing the dogs with Christmas outfits. 

They love it though. It may not look like it in the picture but they told us how much they look forward to their costumes every year. 

The Great Pumpkin Cookies are everything you want in a holiday cookie. Soft, moist, pumpkiny, with a hint of spice from the cinnamon. But it is the mix ins that send these babies over the top.  The combination of raisins, chocolate chips and the nuts pull this recipe together and make them irresistible.  

So if you want to be the hit at the next holiday party or want your family to think you are amazing (Mom, you were amazing before you started making these little gems, but these just put you over the top!), make these! 

Even the dough is unreal. 

Warning: We are not responsible for your inability to stop enjoying these cookies once they are made.  

Guten Appetit!

The Great Pumpkin Cookie
Our Mama 

4 cups Flour
2 cups Quick or Old Fashioned Oats
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
1/2 cup Butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup Sugar
2 cups Brown Sugar, firmly packed
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla
16 ounce can of Pure Pumpkin (or you can use fresh pumpkin)
1 bag of Chocolate chips
1 cup Chopped Nuts
1 cup Raisins

Preheat oven to 350 F. In a medium bowl, whisk together four, oats, baking soda and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream the butter. Gradually add the sugars and beat until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla. Mix well. Alternately add the flour mixture with the pumpkin, mixing well after each addition, beginning and ending with the flour. Stir in chocolate chips, raisins and nuts.

Drop ping pong-sized- dough balls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until firm and lightly browned. 

This makes a TON of cookies. Unless you plan to take these to a party or serve them to house guests, you might want to halve the recipe or freeze dough balls for a later date.    

Alternatives: I have experimented with the mix ins, including dried cranberries and white chocolate and butterscotch. Peanut butter chips might also be good. 

Also, half of the flour can be substituted with whole wheat with very little taste difference if you're into that sort of thing.


Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Okay, I feel like I am a tiny part of this posting since I was there when some of the pics were being taken. I also was the taster for the finished product. This recipe was started in the family when we lived in Denver. I have some in the freezer as I type. I used mini chips in them for a slight difference and also a little extra cinnamon.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh girls, you made me laugh. Actually I got this recipe from my WONDERFUL Mother, but the actual recipe in my box is handwritten by Papa because he is the original cookie monster when it comes to consuming these babies. I always make the first batch each fall season for Papa. Great post!! Love you both!!

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