Pumpkin is a good ingredient for so many things during the Autumn season. I like to use pumpkin in many things because of the nutritional value (See the chart below.) But the main thing that I love about pumpkin is how moist and delicious it makes baked goods, like this cookie recipe I share below for Harvest Cookies.
Autumn Is The Time For Baking
The days are beginning to cool, the nights are even cooler. There’s something about Autumn or Fall that makes us want to cook and specifically, to bake. What a perfect time to have that warm, tasty aroma wafting about your kitchen or even into the rest of your home. Not only that, but the bounty when you finish is delectable, paying you handsomely for your labors in making them.
Make These Cookies All Year
These are named Harvest Cookies, but you could actually make them all year long if you use canned pumpkin. Two tips on baking these cookies; (a) Remember to use PURE pumpkin if you used canned. Do not use the pumpkin pie mix. (b) When you measure the pumpkin, use the back of a spoon to pack it tight in the measuring cup. This will insure you’ve added enough to get that soft, yummy texture you’re looking for.
Great for Shipping
Many cookies when shipped through the mail are crumbs when they reach their destination. These will not be if you pack them as follows.
- Make sure they’re absolutely totally cooled before packing.
- Put a layer of bubble wrap on bottom of box.
- Separate each cookie from the other with wax paper.
- Package them either on top of each other or on end, but be sure they have that wax paper separation.
- Pack as many cookies as possible in the box, but do not break them in the process. Make sure they’re all intact, before sealing the box.
- Place enough bubble wrap on the top so that the package is full with no rattle-around space inside.
Pumpkin Nutrition Chart is from the United States Department of Agriculture
Notice the Vitamins and the dietary fiber pumpkin gives us. If you want to feed your family something that’s good for them, but still a treat, these cookies made with pumpkin will be the perfect thing.
My Harvest Cookie recipe is so easy to make and you may already have many of the ingredients in your pantry. Add to pumpkin nutrition the goodness of the oats and nuts in these Harvest Cookies and they’re not only delicious but good for you too.
Harvest Time Cookie Recipe
Serves: 4 dozen
- 3/4 cup shortening
- 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup pumpkin, fresh or canned, packed well to measure
- 2 Tablespoons [b]unsulphured[/b] molasses
- 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 and 1/2 cups uncooked quick oats
- 1 and 1/2 cups finely chopped dates
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease cookie sheet with shortening
- Combine shortening and brown sugar in a large bowl.
- Beat with electric mixer at medium speed until well blended.
- Beat in egg, pumpkin and molasses.
- Combine flour, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
- Mix into creamed mixture at low speed just until blended.
- Stir in with a spoon, one at a time, oats, dates and nuts.
- Drop rounded Tablespoons of dough 2-inches apart onto cookie sheet.
- Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
- Cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet and then remove to wire rack and cool completely.
Good cookie baking sheets
In time, your cookie sheets and pans may have darkened and become ugly, even if they are nonstick. They don’t bake as accurately as they did, because they now hold too much heat and may burn what you’re baking. The cost to replace them is not great. so maybe it’s time to replace them with some new shiny ones. You can find them here from Amazon. There are non-stick, traditional aluminum, and air cushioned ones to choose from.
Non-Stick Baking Sheets
Traditional Aluminum Baking Sheets
AirBake Baking Sheets have a layer of air sandwiched between two sheets of aluminum. This prevents burning while providing a better appearance to the cookie. I highly recommend these as they are what I use for all my cookies. I reserve them only for cookies and have had them for years. They are still shiny, and still work beautifully.
One More Item Needed To Make These Cookies Perfect
To make these cookies perfect you need unsulphured molasses, another thing that helps cookies remain moist. You may not be able to find it in a store near you. If not, that’s available here too.