Saturday, October 30, 2010
Ahhhh, pumpkin cookies. If Asian marinated Chilean Sea bass with papaya salsa and risotto is my signature dish, then my pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies must be my signature cookies. These are easy to make, amazing and perfect for fall. I made a batch of 40 cookies on Wednesday night, most of which were gone by Friday night. Everyone who ate one wished they had another! And another. This is my favorite fall baking recipe - I have been making these with my mom since I was a kid. We always made them big and decorated them to have faces using various cake icings, so they are really perfect to make with kids. This year, I just made them regular size and plain, which was delicious too. I'm really getting into pumpkin. I plan on making a salad with pumpkin and pears, pumpkin gingerbread ice cream, and pumpkin panna cotta in the coming weeks. It's really the signature food of fall! The oatmeal is the key to these cookies - it adds such a lovely texture!
Sasha's Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
2 sticks butter
1 1/4 cups pumpkin puree
1 1/3 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
To make these cookies, combine the flour, oats, salt, cinnamon and baking soda in a mixing bowl and set aside. Beat the butter and both sugars in your stand mixer for several minutes, until smooth. Add the pumpkin puree, egg and vanilla to the sugar/butter mixture and combine. At this point, the mixture may look slightly curdled. Don't worry about it. Add the dry ingredients to the mixture, until combined into a cookie dough, and follow by mixing in the chocolate chips.
Line several baking sheets and spray with PAM. Preheat the oven to 350. To make medium sized cookies (the recipe makes about 40), use a tablespoon to make each cookie and drop on the sheets, spaced apart. Bake each sheet, one at a time, for 15 minutes. If you make them larger, like I said above, kids will have a great time decorating them to make pumpkin faces or jack-o-lanterns.