Some of my favorite childhood memories are cooking with my Grandma Alice. This year the kids and I made one of her classic holiday treats-- Great Pumpkin Cookies. It was such fun making them with my family and then delivering the fruits of our labor to Grandma (as well as some other family members in town).
I know that Halloween is over (tear), but these are great fun even for Thanksgiving!
Great Pumpkin Cookies
2 cups flour
1 cup quick oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg or replacement for 1 egg
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon alcohol free vanilla (or regular vanilla extract)
1 cup pumpkin
1 cup carob chips (or chocolate chips, raisons, M&Ms, etc)
assorted icing, candies, etc for decorating
Cream butter and gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg substitute and vanilla; mix well. Alternate dry ingredients and pumpkin-- mix well after each addition. Stir in carob chips. For each cookie drop 1/4 cup dough onto lightly greased cookie sheet, spread into pumpkin shape using a thin metal spatula (For all perfectionist mommies, like me, remember that NO pumpkin is a perfect pumpkin shape-- it will be okay if your cookies aren't either!). Add a bit more dough to form a stem. Bake 20- 25 mins until lightly brown and firm. Remove from sheets and cool on racks.
After cool, decorate with orange and green icing and candies!