Pumpkin Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

I wanted to sneak in one last post before this weekend. A pumpkin treat for Halloween! Last weekend Dustin was craving chocolate chip cookies. So while I made him a batch of his favorites, I whipped these up for me. You see, Dustin dislikes pumpkin. In any form. It’s a terrible shame. It has taken me quite some time to accept this fact and move on. And I no longer try to force my pumpkin baked goods upon him. But it sure doesn’t stop me from making them!

This recipe is superbly flexible. You could use dried cranberries, raisins, or cherries. Or try it with milk or white chocolate chips. Even nuts would be a welcome addition. These cookies are soft, chewy, and delicious.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

INGREDIENTS

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter; softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 cup pure pumpkin puree
1 large egg
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 cup dried cranberries (or cherries)
1 cup chocolate chips or white chocolate chips (optional)

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.

2. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt in medium bowl. Beat butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until light and fluffy.

3. Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract; mix well. Add flour mixture; combine until all ingredients are incorporated. Fold in cranberries and chocolate chips.

4. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes 3-4 dozen cookies.

(Adapted from My Baking Addiction)

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4 Responses to Pumpkin Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

  1. Amy October 29, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    I love pumpkin baked goods with chocolate. These look like a great Halloween treat!

  2. Jenn & Andy November 16, 2010 at 1:49 am #

    Made it with cranberries AND chocolate chips. And as I do with all recipes, substituted whole wheat flour and natural unprocessed sugar….you know, to make them healthy 🙂 Great recipe though, really love these cookies!

  3. Jessie November 16, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    Jenn- Good to know that the whole wheat flour works! I often use the organic/natural cane sugar in place of refined and everything seems to turn out great! It’s true these are super yummy!

  4. jess June 16, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    I also made these with 1 cup whole wheat flour, I used a mix of cranberries and cherries, cut the cinnamon in half and added a couple handfuls of cinnamon chips and some chunks of white chocolate. Yum! Thanks for the recipe!