Halloween treats - Homemade Pumpkin Cookies Recipe
Hey there, Halloween's around the corner! Why not whip up these easy and yummy pumpkin cookies with your folks and pals? It's a great way to dive into the festive spirit and savor some delicious treats together!
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1/2 cup raisins or chocolate chips (optional)
- Preheat Your Oven:
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it to prevent the cookies from sticking.
- Prepare the Wet Ingredients:
In a large mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, white sugar, vegetable oil, and egg. Mix until well combined.
- Combine the Dry Ingredients:
In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and salt.
- Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients:
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix; this ensures your cookies stay tender.
- Add Flavors (Optional):
If you like, fold in chopped nuts, raisins, or chocolate chips to add extra texture and flavor to your cookies.
- Shape the Cookies:
Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart. You can flatten them slightly with the back of a spoon or leave them rounded for a thicker cookie.
- Bake the Cookies:
Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden. The cookies might still be soft in the middle but will firm up as they cool.
- Cool and Enjoy:
Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. Once they're fully cooled, store them in an airtight container. Enjoy your homemade pumpkin cookies with a glass of milk or your favorite hot beverage!
*Fresh Ingredients: Use fresh spices for the best flavor. If your cinnamon and nutmeg have been sitting in the pantry for a while, they might have lost some of their potency.
*Consistency Matters: If the dough is too sticky to handle, you can refrigerate it for 30 minutes to an hour. This will make it easier to shape into cookies.
*Customize Your Cookies: Feel free to customize your cookies by adding ingredients like shredded coconut, dried cranberries, or even a drizzle of cream cheese icing for an extra special touch.
*Rorence mixing bowls have different sizes of 1.5, 3 ,5 Qt, you can complete workhorses from preparation, mixing to storage.