Saturday, September 21, 2013

Pumpkin Oatmeal Scotchies

It seems like it's been so long since I've baked any cookies. Actually I realized I haven't been doing much for baking at all lately. I had eggs in my fridge near their expiration date, that never happens. Since our weather here in Iowa seems to be cooling off and definitely more fall like, I've been itching to start baking with pumpkin. Apples too, pumpkin and apples are the perfect fall baking ingredients!

I took advantage of an activity-free evening in the week and baked these babies up. Sometimes I'm not always sure how the kids will respond to new creations, but they went over very well I must say. The daycare kiddos even got a sampling the next day and approved them.

Oatmeal butterscotch cookies are always a favorite and I really do think butterscotch pairs quite well with pumpkin. The pumpkin helps makes these incredibly soft and moist. They are awesome right out of the oven, when the butterscotch chips are still warm and melted. The recipe yields about four dozen, plenty to share with neighbors or store extras in your freezer for another day. Trust me, they won't last long though!

Pumpkin Oatmeal Scotchies

2 sticks butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2-1/4 cups old-fashioned oats
1-1/2 cups butterscotch chips

In a large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Add in pumpkin, eggs and vanilla and mix together well. Sprinkle in baking soda, salt and cinnamon; continue mixing. Gradually add in flour and mix until combined. Fold in oats and butterscotch chips. Chill in fridge for about one hour.

Drop dough onto prepared cookie sheets using a medium sized cookie scoop. Bake at 350 degrees for about 12-14 minutes, or just until cookies are set and lightly brown. Let cool on pan for a few minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes 4 dozen.


In other news:

Here's a peek at what was in our produce box for this week. We're getting close to the end, we should be able to go through October I believe. Makes me a little sad, I love receiving fresh, organic produce each week. But I think I've also done a great job preserving as much as I can throughout the summer, I think we'll be eating pretty well this winter!

I spent much of my day building towers with this little cutie yesterday! I enjoy my Fridays with her and our one-on-one time when the other girls are in school. Although in the back of my mind I knew I had cakes to be baked, buttercream to be made and dishes to be washed; I didn't let that get to me. They won't be little for long and I'll be missing these days far too soon! Have a great weekend!

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