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Nicole Franz is a copy editor and paginator at The News-Herald in Willoughby. She takes all those sweet recipes, grueling workouts, cleaning tips, money-saving tricks, do-it-yourself projects and looks that seem so cool on Pinterest and writes about how they really turn out.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Soft pumpkin cookies that are hard to not scarf down

Batter or dough? You decide.
I love pumpkins. I love the way they look, and I especially love how delicious it tastes while still being nutrition-packed and low-fat. 

I’ve already shared how easy it is to make healthier cakes with packed pumpkin, but I haven’t really showcased my deep love of pumpkins on here yet. I’m going to remedy that in the next few posts. (Spoiler alert! Expect crockpot pumpkin butter, pumpkin French toast bake, and an as-yet undetermined goodie that will probably involve cream cheese pumpkin cheesecake.)

But this pin for soft pumpkin cookies is the one that I’m pretty sure made me awfully popular at my apartment complex in the leasing office and residential services after I took a batch over to my roommate at work. 

The pin links to the Honey and Butter blog, which is written by Christi Park. It appears the blog hasn’t been updated in a while (October 2011), but it’s a very clean, very navigable site, with plenty of categories and recipes you can look through. I’m eyeing the watermelon lemonade for when summer rolls around.
But back to a more cold-weather recipe in these soft pumpkin cookies.


They kept their shape better than I expected.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups chilled pumpkin puree (canned pumpkin)
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger and nutmeg. Set aside.

You can tell I used a spoon to dish 'em onto the cookie sheet.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk the granulated sugar, the dark brown sugar, and the oil together. Add the pumpkin puree and whisk to combine thoroughly. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until combined.

4. Gradually add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and whisk until completely combined.

5. Use a small cookie scoop or a large spoon to drop a rounded, heaping tablespoon of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart.

6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, making sure that the cookies are just starting to crack on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cookie comes out clean. The cookies should be firm when touched. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool completely on a cooling rack.

How it went

I feel like I should knock on wood, because my last post (gluten-free four-ingredient peanut-butter cookies) went smooth and now this one went off without a hitch, too!

These passed the firm-to-touch and toothpick tests.

I used canned pumpkin and didn’t chill it, and my spice measurements were heaping measurements.

The only problem I encountered was that my whisk sucks. Seriously look at it. I have to bend it back into a workable shape all the time. It’s definitely seen better days. 

Maybe I'll buy a new whisk, but I'll probably
ust keep complaining about this one.

I had to work at mixing it up a little more because of that. This cookie dough is going to end up very similar to cake batter in that it is way runnier than your average cookie dough, but that's part of why these cookies are so amazing — they have a distinctly moist cake-like texture that makes them delightful.

I'm pretty sure this is an accurate representation of how many of these cookies my roommate ate.

I baked mine about 10 minutes on parchment paper-lined cookie sheets, and they slid off the parchment paper like it was Teflon. 

Really, the hardest part of making these cookies was trying to keep my roommate from eating them all.

Love pumpkin? 

I've also blogged about making healthier cakes with packed pumpkin, a pumpkin French toast bake that will brighten any morning, and an easy and delicious pumpkin cheesecake.

— Nicole Franz | | @FranzOrFoe
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