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Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Teal loop. Today we are sharing some of our favorite holiday cookie recipes.
I’m going to be perfectly honest here . . . I’m not a big holiday baker.
And, probably even more sacrilegious . . . I really don’t like making cookies! (Or cupcakes, either, for that matter.)
I prefer cooking over baking; so, when I do bake, I like to make recipes that aren’t super time consuming. Cookies don’t normally fit that criteria.
But, around the beginning of October each year, our family starts to get hungry for our favorite Pumpkin Chip Cookies. We first tried them when a former co-worker of Brian’s made them for an event at their place of work; we loved them, and she graciously shared the recipe. Since that time, I’ve shared the recipe countless times myself – everyone loves them!
You’ll find a printable recipe at the bottom of this post. But, let’s go through the process step by step.
Gather your ingredients
As you can see, I do most of my shopping at Aldi! That spice container you see in the bottom left of the picture was filled with cinnamon from Vietnam; but, sadly, it’s almost all. (After 9 years!) I need to find a good online source for purchasing Vietnam Cinnamon (if you know of one, please let me know!)
Cream butter and sugars
If you’re smart and plan ahead, you’ll sit your butter out and let it get to room temperature before this step. Me . . . I just pop it in the microwave for a a few seconds, ’til it’s soft enough to stir into the sugars. That’s how I roll!
Beat in pumpkin, egg, and vanilla
I do pull out my hand mixer for this step, since the recipe says to “beat.” I’m sure, though, that this step could be done by hand; it would just take a bit longer.
Combine dry ingredients
I pull out a BIG mixing bowl for this step because I know I am going to need to combine the dry ingredients with the wet ones and this is a LARGE batch of cookie mix! I don’t have a ton of Tupperware anymore, but I did purchase a set of 3 mixing bowls a few years back and I LOVE them! The large one from the set is perfect for this job (and the great thing about these bowls is that they have lids as well – so if you only have time to mix your cookies but not bake them, you could pop your mix in the refrigerator for later). No, I do not sell Tupperware.
Mix dry ingredients with pumpkin mixture
I have to warn you . . . this step takes some persistence and elbow grease! The final product is a big lump of damp cookie dough!
Add your mix-ins
It’s at this point that I would divide my mixture (if you want to try different mix-ins). Then, mix in the chocolate chips, or whatever alternative you are trying. And bake!
The finished product will look something like this:
These cookies pair quite nicely with a cold glass of milk or a warm cup of coffee. ENJOY!
- 1 1/2 cups butter
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 15 oz. can pumpkin
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 4 cups flour
- 2 cups quick-cooking oats
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels (see note below)
- Cream butter and sugars.
- Beat in the pumpkin, egg, and vanilla.
- Combine the flour, oats, soda, cinnamon, and salt~ gradually add to creamed mixture.
- Stir in morsels.
- Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.
- Bake at 350 for 12 minutes.
- I've had friends experimenting with different flavors of chips. Some have tried white chocolate, others dark. I, personally, prefer milk chocolate over the semi-sweet. Someone suggested cinnamon or butterscotch. Another lady recommended adding pecans. (Most recently, I used a combination of raisins and chopped pecans and loved the result.) So, feel free to play around with this recipe and make it to suit your taste. It makes a big batch, so you can divide the batter and make several different kinds.
Here is the map of Magical Blogorail Teal | Holiday Cookie Recipes Loop:
- 1st Stop – Home is Where the Mouse Is | Grandma’s Italian Christmas Cookies
- 2nd Stop – Saving Up for Disney | Disneyland 60th Anniversary Cookies
- 3rd Stop – Mousekatools | Holiday Brownies
- 4th Stop – Heidi’s Head| Pumpkin Chip Cookies