Fall is finally settling over Albuquerque. It’s still fairly hot during the day—a whopping 80 degrees—but the mornings are chilly and the sun is setting earlier and earlier, ushering in long cozy evenings making stew, taking in nourishing stories by book or TV, and enjoying a fat mug of apple spice tea. And while it’s still not completely time to pull out those sweater and fuzzy socks, I find myself craving a batch of these hearty pumpkin cookies.
I have fond memories of making these cookies every fall growing up. Inevitably when the leaves started turning, we’d come home from school and eagerly pull out the older than sin Libby’s pumpkin cookies recipe. Yeah, the 80s add it came form was kind of creepy looking, but it made heallthy-ish, delicious cookies!
I find myself going back to this recipe each season as routine—or ritual—that helps me take in the joy of the changing seasons and welcome in fall. I got to talking to my mom about this as I began my search for that original recipe she shared so long ago. I went down a Pinterest rabbit hole to no avail, but my mom, the original witchy woman role model, found the original Libby’s recipe online. We were back in business!
Alas, neither of us eat that much sugar anymore and the original Libby’s recipe calls for A LOT. So I adapted my recipe from that old school Libby’s recipe, but cut out a lot of the sugar and butter, with the help of this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction (thanks again, mom!). Like my She Works Hard for the Money Power Muffins or my Energizer Bunny Bars, these cookies are great snacks to hold you over when the day is fuller than usual. They are also perfectly delicious for a perfectly un-busy day, paired with a good book and a cup of my earthy Autumn Harvest Tea. Better still, I look forward to sharing this recipe with my little niece and passing on the tradition of making pumpkin cookies every fall.
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups oats
1/2 cup pepitas
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp powdered ginger
1/4 tsp cardamom
pinch of salt
Preheat oven 350.
Mix all wet ingredients until blended.
Add in spices and baking soda, powder, and pinch of salt.
Then add in sugar and, once combined, flour.
From there, add in oats and pepitas. The dough should be thick and a little sticky.
Drop a large spoonful of dough onto an unlined baking sheet and press into circular cookies.
Bake for 12ish minutes.
Enjoy! Makes roughly a dozen cookies. I like to store them in the freezer and pull one out for a quick treat.
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