Saturday, October 06, 2012

grandma's pumpkin-oatmeal chocolate chip cookies




I've always felt so lucky growing up, with both sets of grandparents living a few blocks from my home.  My Mom's side, with French heritage, my Dad's, Italian…a really nice combination :), and both Grandmother's blessed with so much talent!  My Grandmother on my Mom's side was the most unbelievable seamstress and knitter you could ever imagine.  She would sew and tailor so many of the girl's pretty dresses from Skidmore College, a college in the city of Saratoga Springs, New York, where I grew up.  I'd stop by walking home from school and inevitably one of the college girls was standing up on a platform, with my grandmother on her knees, pins sticking out of her lips, as she put the finishing touches on a beautiful dress she had just completed.  As I walked through her glass enclosed big front porch, there was a table filled with her beautiful handmade aprons for sale, all crisply starched and pressed!  I would give anything to have one of them today!  If she wasn't sewing, she was sitting in her chair in the living room, knitting a sweater, hat, and mittens, which she made for  each one of her 17 grandchildren for Christmas gifts.  I can still, to this day, remember my gorgeous snow white and seven dwarfs sweater!






Grandma's Pumpkin-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are the type of cookie I would always find in my Grandmother's cookie jar.  Yes, she baked too!  It was never fancy, just the old fashioned baking that makes you feel warm and comforted.  It was usually a drop cookie, just like this recipe I'm introducing.  With everything else she had going on, she didn't have time to spend hours baking too, but made darn sure the cookie jar was always filled for all her grandchildren!






What could be more comforting than lovely, old fashioned ingredients that are the mainstay of all our kitchens in the fall - oatmeal, pumpkin, and of course, chocolate chips.  I also added in a half cup of sweet, chewy raisins, just because that's what my Grandmother would have done!  …and what fall cookie would be complete without adding in the pungent, warm spice of cinnamon, bringing all the flavors together, in one bowl, creating this classic, cake-like drop cookie,  made  especially for a cold glass of milk, cookie jars and bagged lunches!  A drizzling of chocolate adds the finishing touch!

Until next time…mangia!  xox

Carol





Grandma's Pumpkin-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 30 - 36 cookies

Ingredients:

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 egg
1 cup pumpkin
1-3/4 cups rolled oats
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup raisins or chopped nuts, or combination of both (optional)
additional chocolate chips or Baker's chocolate to melt for drizzle (optional)

Create the cookies:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and sugar.  Add the butter and mix.  Add the egg and pumpkin and mix.  Add the oats and chocolate chips (also the optional raisins and/or nuts ) and stir to combine.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator until the dough is firm (30-45 minutes).

On a baking sheet lined with parchment, place a heaping tablespoon of cookie dough 2 inches apart.  Bake for approximately 15 minutes until the tops of the cookies are lightly browned.  Do not over bake.  Upon removing from the oven, place cookies on a rack to cool.  When cooled, drizzle with melted chocolate, if desired.

Recipe adapted from The Baker's Daughter.



48 comments:

  1. I want to try a pumpkin cookie for the first time. These sound really perfect, since I love oats! Aren´t grandmothers awesome persons in our lives?

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    1. Hi Paula, They're a great combo of ingredients! Yes, grandmothers sure are awesome! I have been left with such wonderful memories from them!

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  2. I almost cried when I read this. My mother (your grandmother) was a remarkable woman in ways you wouldn't even know. But all your descriptions of her were right on. I hope she's up there looking down and thanking you. You were the oldest of my children and of course remember her the most.
    Her knitting was exceptional. Certainly filled with love.
    This recipe is at the top of my list to try. It sounds scrumptious. You are a perfect example of inheriting traits from both sides of the family. Only you really shine in the artistic department.

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    1. Thanks, Mom! I couldn't wait for you to read this…I knew you would like reading it! xox

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  3. Such lovely memories, thanks for sharing! :) And thank you for sharing this recipe. I have some pumpkin pureƩ left over that just may find it's way into these cookies!

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    1. Thanks, Val! Love the memories! Thanks for stopping by…

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  4. Pumpkin with oatmeal- great combination in a cookie! They probably won't spend too much time in the cookie jar;-)

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    1. Hi Patty! It is a great combo, the kind that taste even better the next day! :)

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  5. Drop cookies are always so comforting, just like spending an afternoon with grandma :). Thanks for sharing, she sounds like a remarkable lady!

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    1. Good morning, Laura! She was remarkable, thank you! Have a lovely weekend!

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  6. I have a favorite pumpkin oatmeal cookie recipe too, but now I need to try your recipe and using that chocolate drizzle, yum!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Suzanne! The chocolate drizzle definitely makes an old fashioned cookie like this even better!

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  7. What wonderful memories!!! Love these cookies and so perfect for fall. I bet they went quick!!!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! They are wonderful memories! Yes, they went very quick. One of my taste-testers at work went home and made them, she liked them so much! :)

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  8. Lucky you to have had both sets of grandparents so close. And you got to enjoy this kind of treat? The cookies are so plump and beautifully golden. Must try these. :)

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    1. Thanks, Jean! Yes, although it was many years ago, I was very lucky growing up to have them right around the corner! The cookies are great, and not too sweet, so the drizzle of chocolate finishes them off perfectly!

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  9. Carol, your food styling is just awesome...as are these tasty cookies!!! Have a great week, my friend! (Yikes, I had to delete my above post since I called you the wrong name :/...I need more caffeine!).

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    1. Good morning, Lizzy! Don't worry about the name…I don't even remember my kid's names half the time! :) Thanks for stopping by - and you have a wonderful week as well!

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  10. You are indeed fortunate to have both grandparents live so close by! And French and Italian heritages? No wonder you bake the most beautiful treats!! This one's no different. I want to take a bite now...hold me back! LOL!

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  11. Grandma's are the best! What great memories to have of yours. These cookies look amazing - love a thick cookie!

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    1. Thanks, Erin! They sure are the best! Thanks for stopping by!!!

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  12. What a blessing to live so close to both sets of grandparents! Such a lovely post. And another delicious recipe to make. I love how you've drizzled the chocolate over the top. That extra step makes such a big difference! The fam will love :)

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    1. Hi Kristin! Thank you for the sweet comment! Absolutely, the chocolate drizzle puts an old fashioned, classic cookie over the top!

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  13. I miss my grandma. She's thousands of miles away and every time I leave her I pray I get to see her one more time (she's fighting lung cancer for few years now)
    Wonderful cookies Carol. I hope you'll bring them to out #chocolateparty

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Roxana! I agree, I miss both of mine so much...but the memories live on! I'll keep your grandmother in my prayers!

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  14. I just pinned these and I must make them ASAP! What a perfect combination, and I will probably add walnuts as well!

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    1. Thanks, Mercedes - so happy you came by! I agree, next time I make them I will add nuts as well!

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    1. Hi Amber, the recipe calls for regular "Quaker" or other brand rolled oats, as regular oatmeal cookies do, so I would say no. It would probably hinder the quality of the cookie. Hope this helps!

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  16. I tried making these cookies one night and I loooved them! I brought them to school and they were a hit! Everyone was asking me for some! I made them without raisins or any of that. Your grandma made some good cookies! Thanks for sharing :D

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    1. Thanks for the feedback, Addieyln! So happy you enjoyed them and took the time to leave a comment to let me know!!!

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  17. These cookies look amazing!!! I love a good chocolate chip oatmeal cookie. I am curious to know if they are a soft or crunchy cookie?

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    1. Hi Becky! They are a soft, cake-like, old fashioned drop cookie. They are not overly sweet, so be sure to add the chocolate drizzle for sweetness! Hope this helps! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  18. Oh good, so making these today!! Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. Thanks, Becky! It is my pleasure! Enjoy the cookies!

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  19. making these today! look delicious, thanks!

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    1. Thanks for coming by and leaving the sweet comment! Don't forget the chocolate drizzle - adds the perfect sweetness to the old-fashioned drop cookie! Enjoy!!

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  20. Making these now! My apartment smells like heaven!

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    1. Hi Jessica!!! So happy you're enjoying!!! Thanks so much for stopping by to let me know you're baking them!!!

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  21. Just made these! So stinking good! Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jen! So happy you enjoyed them! We love them because they are not overly sweet, almost like a healthy breakfast cookie! Thanks for stopping by to let me know!!!

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  22. These look AMAZING!! Now I have something to do with all the left over pumpkin from Halloween. Pumpkin is bland so I know it will not ruin the taste of Oatmeal and Chocolate chips. I can't wait to try to make a batch of these. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind comment, Mike! Be sure to add the chocolate drizzle on top...makes them a bit sweeter, which I feel is needed! They're a great classic, cookie jar cookie! Enjoy!

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  23. This looks delicious! Oatmeal cookies are my favorite, and the addition of chocolate is a really nice touch (:

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    1. These are an old fashioned oatmeal cake-like cookie...the chocolate adds the sweetness...thanks so much for your sweet comment, Monica!

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  24. i made these last year and they were a huge hit! first recipe I made with pumpkin this year. I skip the cooling part mostly cause I didn't account for that as far as the time I had, but they still turned out great!

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    1. Sounds perfect, Anon…all the cooling time does is keep the cookie thicker. A thinner, chewier cookie is just as delicious! Thanks so much for stopping by to let me know how much you enjoy them! Happy Fall! Carol

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Hi! Thank you so much for stopping by a cup of mascarpone, and taking the time to leave a comment! I read, smile, and cherish each and every one of them! xox

Carol