Sunday, November 9, 2014

Cookie Sunday: Batch #5 Pumpkin Cookies 3 Ways

Fall means pumpkin baking right?  I don't know what it is about leaves falling and cooler weather, but it automatically makes me want to eat pumpkins.  Like for everything.  Luckily there are recipes for pumpkin everything too.  Haha.  

I'm going to share 3 pumpkin cookie recipes because they are all my favorite for different reasons.  Sometimes how good a recipe is depends on how much time it takes, how "healthy" it is and how good the cookie is so here are my 3 types and why they are good:

Pumpkin Cookie #1:
This is my go-to recipe.  Super easy!  And best of all very low calorie and versatile.  "Healthier" than a normal cookie and full or fiber these are more cake-like and you'll see why.

Quick Pumpkin Cookies:
1 box cake mix
1 15 oz. can pumpkin
1 c. chocolate chips (optional)

Scoop by tablespoonfuls onto to cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes.  

So you can use pretty much any cake mix (I don't know how good like a lemon would taste) but spice cake is the best.  If you use yellow or white then you can add pumpkin pie spices to the mix to add some flavor.  This works as a muffin or as a baked donut- like if you have a mini-donut maker or donut baking pans.  Which by-the-way you can use any muffin mix for those baked donuts.  You can even make this in a loaf pan for pumpkin bread or use mini-muffin pan for pumpkin poppers.  So good!

Pumpkin Cookie #2:
I don't have a picture for this one but it looks pretty much the same as the 1st one.  This one is more cookie-like and is more of your traditional pumpkin cookie.  It takes more time and more ingredients but it is chewy and moist and delicious!  If you don't feel like being all healthy then this one is for you- I've given these as gifts and it is no-fail!

 Mrs. Field's Pumpkin Spice Cookies 
2 1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. sugar
3/4 c. butter
1 egg
1 c. pumpkin
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. rasins or chocolate chips

Heat oven to 300.  Mix dry ingredients and set aside.  Put sugar in a bowl, add butter and mix to a grainy paste.  Add egg, pumpkin, vanilla and beat until light and fluffy.  Add dry mix and raisins.  Do not overmix.  Bake 22-24 minutes.

Pumpkin Cookie #3:
This is a recipe I found on pintrest for White Chocolate Pumpkin Snickerdoodle cookies.  It is soooooo good.  But I have to say that in my opinion the white chocolate chips are too much.  I made this recipe again, this time leaving the white chocolate chips out (so just Pumpkin Snickerdoodles) and it was perfect!  I even made some without rolling in the sugar mixture since being pregnant too much sugar makes me sick (so just Pumpkin Cookies) and it was sooooo good!  You can totally use the pumpkin cookie base and do your own thing with it.  This takes even longer than the other 2 because you have to refrigerate the dough for a while.  But it is well worth all the time!

White Chocolate Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
recipe found at Sallys Baking Addiciton 

In the instructions the lady is a little measurement-nazi like, but really you don't have to be that anal about your measurements.  I definitely don't cook like that and they turned out fine. 

So there you go!  3 delicious Pumpkin Cookie recipes to satisfy your pumpkin cravings! 

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