Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

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Sorry guys, I think I’ve skipped Thanksgiving in my home and went straight to Christmas because it looks like a glitter bomb went off in my living room. The Christmas tree is up, the stockings are hung, the fireplace is decorated, and there in tinsel EVERYWHERE. I put everything up when I was home sick and it instantly made me feel better.

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This is the first year that we (my DH and I) actually have a Christmas tree. We were constantly moving from apartment to apartment and never had the storage space for a tree before. We also knew we were eventually coming back to LA from the bay area, so that was one less item that we worried about taking with us. The tree is a skinny one because of our small space, but it just about touches the ceiling. I plug it in every night and stare at how beautiful it truly is. I started collecting ornaments on all of our trips, so it’s a reminder of all of the places we’ve traveled… Our little traveling tree.

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I figured I’d make up for jumping holidays quickly by posting some more pumpkin recipes before we hit Thanksgiving (which, by the way, is only 4 days away!). I still don’t know what cookies I’m baking for Thanksgiving yet. Do you already have your menu together? I’d love to hear what everyone’s making!

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As you can see from the pictures, these cookies didn’t flatten AT ALL. I didn’t press down on them prior to baking, but make sure to do so if you don’t wan’t cookie balls! I didn’t mind, they still tasted great.

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These cookies had a mild/medium pumpkin taste. I thought that the oats went wonderfully with the pumpkin. It’s almost as if it absorbed all of the moisture from the pumpkin puree and locked it in to keep them soft. Recipe from Baking Bites.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups quick cooking oatmeal
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cream together the butter and both sugars. Add in the egg, pumpkin, and vanilla.
  3. Gradually stir in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice until just combined.
  4. Working by hand, stir in the oatmeal and chocolate chips.
  5. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls of the dough onto the baking sheet.
  6. Bake for about 11-13 min.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/11/pumpkin-chocolate-chip-oatmeal-cookies.html

Jif Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies

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Jif® Peanut Butter sent over a little package so that I could try their Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookie recipe for myself. I received Jif peanut butter, Crisco shortening sticks, and Pillsbury All Purpose Flour. All I needed to add were ingredients that were commonly found in my pantry.

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The dough came together quickly. It was fluffy, creamy, and easy to scoop. Not only that, but it was really easy to work with. It wasn’t sticky, held its shape, and didn’t crumble. That’s all I ask for in a cookie dough.

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The cookies didn’t spread much (if even at all) during baking, so I was able to bake a lot on a single baking sheet since I made them pretty small. They held the signature criss cross imprint of the fork without a hitch. My DH loved this recipe. He ate cookie after cookie and kept asking what was in them since he was worried I was tricking him with secret ingredients. No secret ingredients here… just some good creamy peanut butter!

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There was a huge difference in baking them at 7 or 8 minutes, though. I’m guessing it was because of the size of my cookies. The cookies that baked for 7 minutes turned out to be much softer and practically melted in your mouth. The ones baked for 8 minutes were by no means hard, they just had more of a crumble. I preferred the 7 minute cookies and my DH preferred the 8 minute cookies.
All in all, this is a wonderful staple recipe for peanut butter cookies. You can add chocolate chips to the batter, top them with a little candy morsel, or even roll them in sugar prior to baking for a sweeter taste.
 
Jif Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen

peanut butter recipe from JIF: http://www.jif.com/Recipes/Details/960

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 stick Crisco® Baking Sticks All-Vegetable Shortening
  • Or 1/2 cup Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 3/4 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. HEAT oven to 375°F. Combine peanut butter, shortening, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Add egg. Beat just until blended.
  2. COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix just until blended. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2-inches apart onto greased baking sheet. Flatten slightly in a crisscross pattern with tines of fork.
  3. BAKE one baking sheet at a time 7 to 8 minutes, or until set and just beginning to brown. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove cookies to cooling racks to cool completely.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/10/jif-irresistible-peanut-butter-cookies.html

This is a sponsored post, but the opinions expressed are my own.

Wonka Chocolate Meringue Cookies

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Have you guys heard of WONKAPeel-a-Pop™ frozen treats? It’s a new product that came out this summer. Leave it up to Wonka to take ice cream to a whole other level. It’s basically a popsicle that you peel, just like a banana! Can you imagine all the fun the kids would have with this one?

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Even as an adult, I was a little giddy child opening the box.

“How did they make this?”
“I literally just peel it!?!”
“Can I eat the outside?”
“What is the outside made of?”
“Where do I bite it first?”

Wonka truly sparks imagination and creativity in their products. It definitely got my mind rolling with questions.

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The popsicles are pre-etched so it’s a lot easier to peel. All you have to do is take a bite, grab a piece of the outside, and pull straight down! Voi-la! Now you have access to the goodness in the middle. They come in two flavors: vanilla banana and vanilla grape.

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This ice cream inspired me to “wonkify” one of my own recipes. Instead of making regular chocolate meringue cookies, I added Nerds to the top right before baking to see how they’d turn out.

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I’m actually quite impressed… they didn’t melt away completely. You can still see them after baking. These cookies would be great for a Willy Wonka themed party!

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I did leave some of the chocolate cookies plain since not everyone likes a sour punch to their cookies. I bet you have all of the ingredients in your cabinet to make these cookies right now. Believe it or not, here’s no egg yolks, butter, flour, or regular sugar in the recipe.

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I’d consider that pretty healthy.

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Recipe slightly adapted from Swade Designs.

Wonka Chocolate Meringue Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup dark cocoa powder (I use Rodelle)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tablespoons Nerds (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking pans with parchment paper or Silpat.
  2. In a stand mixer, whip the egg whites until fluffy, about 3-4 minutes on high.
  3. Mix in the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder, vanilla, and salt until smooth.
  4. The dough will be very sticky! Scoop with a 2 tsp cookie scoop and place on baking sheet, leaving at least 2 inches around each cookie. They spread!
  5. Sprinkle some Nerds on top (can omit if making regular chocolate cookies).
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow cookies to completely cool on pan.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/08/wonka-chocolate-meringue-cookies.html

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