Great Pumpkin Cookies
(Shared recipe submitted by Francine T. Ryan.)
Makes about 20 cookies
Fran writes: "The Great Pumpkin Cookies recipe has been one of my favorites for Halloween. The neighbors are sure to know that, when Halloween rolls around, I can be counted on to have bags of these wonderful mouth watering cookies at hand. They even prefer these to candy. What a compliment. You can double the recipe if you use canned pumpkin, since you usually have a lot leftover."
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup margarine or butter, softened
- 1 cup of firmly packed brown sugar (dark or light)
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup canned pure pumpkin
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or candy coated chocolates, such as m&m's
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup nuts (any kind)
Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Cream butter, gradually add sugars, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Alternate additions of dry ingredients and pumpkin, mixing well after each addition. Stir in chocolate chips or candies. For each cookie, drop 1/4 cup dough onto lightly greased cookie sheet; spread into shape using a thin metal spatula. Bake at 20 to 25 minutes until cookies are firm and lightly browned.
About Francine: Fran is an Internet friend with whom I have shared many conversations about cooking. Now she wants to share these recipes with you. I am sure she would love to hear from you if you have any questions or comments. Her e-mail address is FRAN122245@aol.com.