My sister Carol has made these for her boys since they were little and both they and their friends loved them. Now the boys are in college, they just "have to have" them every Halloween.... so Carol sends them care packages. (Number of cookies is estimate)
- Combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; set aside.
- Cream butter; gradually add sugars, beating til fluffy.
- Add egg and vanilla; mix well.
- Alternate additions of dry ingredients and pumpkin, mixing well between additions.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- For each cookie, drop upto 1/4 c cookie dough onto lightly greased cookie sheet; shape into "pumpkin-shape" with spatula.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.
- Decorate with icing and assorted candies, raisins, and/or nuts.
My substitutions were: unsalted butter instead of margarine, 2 small eggs instead of 1 egg and butterscotch chips instead of chocolate chips. I also cooked and mashed half a small pumpkin (about 16 oz. raw) instead of using canned pumpkin. I didn't shape or decorate the cookies. I cooked them for 15 minutes at 180C which resulted in very soft cookies (the way I like them!). The butterscotch chips were a bit too sweet so I think the chocolate chips called for would be better. I think I will try these again with a greater proportion of oatmeal and with some additional spices - maybe cloves or allspice?
I made these last night and they seemed kind of tasteless (like shortening, which is what I used instread of margarine). However, when I tried them again this morning they tasted much better; although if I made them again I would use a shortening/butter mix for sure. I also halved the recipe and got 24 good-sized cookies from it, but i spread them out by hand on the cookie sheet, because I know how puffy pumpkin cookies like to be. Thank you!
Delicious, but a little crumbly! Fortunately, my daughter made these during a time I am watching sugar intake, which is the only thing stopping me from eating the whole delicious batch!