Thursday, December 16, 2010

Pumpkin Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies

Hoping to find a special holiday cookie recipe? Well, look no further, because this one has a "pumpkin spice" twist to the well established oatmeal raisin cookie. I found this recipe in a cookie magazine under their "healthy holiday treats" section. Honestly, I wouldn't label this cookie healthy, because of the amount of butter and sugar in it...but, that said, it's probably healthier than most holiday cookies because of the oatmeal, pumpkin and raisins. You be the judge! :) I will probably play around with this recipe a little more to try to make it healthier. Although, who wants to eat healthy during the holidays anyways, right? :)

*this recipe came from Women's Day Holiday Cookies 2009 magazine. 

Cookie Recipe
Makes: 64 Prep: 20 minutes Baking Time: 14 minutes

 2 cups all-purpose flour (I used half all-purpose, half whole-wheat)
1 1/3 cup quick oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
3/4 cup raisins

1. Preheat oven to 350*F. Lightly grease baking sheets.
2. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in medium bowl. 
3. Beat butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl until fluffy and light. Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla. Mix well. Add flour mixture, and mix well. Stir in walnuts and raisins. 
4. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets. 
5. Bake in preheated oven for 14-16 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.


Who likes to CHANGE IT UP? 

~Swap out dried cranberries for the raisins
~Instead of walnuts, try pecans or roasted chopped almonds
~Add nutmeg, and/or cloves to the batter
~Swap out flaxseed for some of the flour to add fiber 

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