Festive Baking: Pumpkin Cookies with the Kids!

Ahhhh….Fall…Autumn…If you haven’t seen me on Twitter or Instagram, it is my MOST favorite time of year!  Weather is getting cooler and that means lots of baking, which makes it such a warm and cozy season!  With pumpkins coming into play, how perfect!

I loved baking with my kids as they were growing up and believed that every boy and girl should know how.  It is very important to me for kids to know tradition in the family, especially the “hand-me-down” recipes!

I would like to share a fiber-filled pumpkin recipe I used to bake when my kids were very small.  Fiber is such an important part of everyone’s diet, especially our little ones!

Recipe: Pumpkin Cookies (makes about 18 cookies)

1 ½ cups white flour

½ cup white whole wheat flour

1 ⅓ cups old-fashioned oats (or quick oats)

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

1 cup packed brown sugar

½ cup white sugar

¼ cup raw honey

1 cup Pure Pumpkin

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

¾ cup chopped walnuts (optional)

¾ cup raisins (optional) 

Oven 350. Grease baking sheets.

In a medium bowl: mix flour, oats, baking soda, & cinnamon. 

In larger bowl: beat butter, brown sugar, white sugar, & honey.  Add pumpkin, egg,  & vanilla, and mix well.  Add flour mixture.  Mix well.  Stir in raisins and/or nuts if you are using them.  

Drop ¼ cup on baking sheet and spread into circle (about 3 inches).  Bake 14 to 16 mins or until cookies are firm and lightly browned.  Cool 2 mintues on baking sheet, then remove to wire racks to cool completely.  

Decorate with frosting, sprinkles, semi-sweet chocolate chips, raisins, or nuts.  This part is great for the little ones!!!

Have a “Fallish” good time!!