Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

This is the time of year for cookies.  Holiday cookies run the gamut from very simple to complicated.  I don’t have a real preference, though I do enjoy the challenge of the more involved cookies.  What can I say?  I just love to play in the kitchen.  There is certainly a time and place for the fancy schmancy treats, and there is also a time and place for plain and simple.  For example, when you are taking call from home and worried the pager may go off at any moment but you really, really want to bake something.  That’s what these cookies were for me.  I had all the ingredients on hand and the dough was ready in minutes.

Even better, in my personal ranking of favorite cookies, oatmeal white chocolate cranberry cookies ranked second only to the best chocolate chip cookies ever.  And now, this is the version that earns second place because it has all those other things and it contains pumpkin.  The pumpkin puree contributes a pretty orange hue, a light chewy texture and a subtle pumpkin flavor.  Lots of my favorite ingredients all in one cookie – tough to resist, if you ask me.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
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Yield: about 3 dozen cookies
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
¾ tsp. ground ginger
¼ tsp. ground cloves
¼ tsp. grated nutmeg
Dash of allspice
½ tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup pumpkin puree
1½ cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup dried cranberries

Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, spices and salt.  Whisk to blend.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugars on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Blend in the egg and vanilla.  Beat in the pumpkin puree until well incorporated.  With the mixer on low speed, mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated.  Beat in the oats until combined.  With a rubber spatula, fold in the white chocolate chips and dried cranberries until evenly mixed.

Drop in small scoops (about 1½-2 tablespoons) onto prepared baking sheets, spaced 2-3 inches apart.  Bake 12-14 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly browned, rotating the sheets halfway through baking.  Allow to cool on the sheets about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.

Source: slightly adapted from My Baking Addiction

24 Responses

  1. Sounds delicious, and they look pretty as well!

  2. Yum so many amazing ingredients in one cookie! Must taste awesome! It certainly looks that way!

  3. yum, i love oatmeal cookies and anything pumpkin! i’ll have to try these

  4. I made something similar not that long ago, and they were so good. I skipped the cranberries, but maybe I’ll need to add those in next time.

  5. One of my favorite cookies is white chocolate chip cranberry, but I’ve never thought of adding pumpkin. That would be a great twist!

  6. mmm these look delicious! white chocolate, cranberries, and pumpkin are such a great flavor combination.

  7. That I might have to try! I love everything pumpkin also. I always make Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Nut Chip cookies, these sound like the same rolled into one (minus the chocolate chips).

  8. These cookies look wonderful! I love how you combined the pumpkin and cranberries. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Oooh perfect! We went a little overboard buying pumpkin this year and now have cans and cans of it! These cookies look like just the thing for us to make! DELICIOUS!

  10. Oh my, those cookies look delicious!

  11. Gosh, you just remind it me that I have to start baking some cookies soon, so much to bake though, Where am I going to get the time to do that? I will :-),
    Your cookies look awesome and the pumpkin addition is quite unique, I might venture and try your creation 🙂

  12. I made the same cookies and adored them. Call from home sounds like a dream. Most of the programs I’m looking at don’t have such an option!

  13. Yay, it’s cookie week!!

  14. These look perfect. Awesome.

  15. I love packed oatmeal cookies! Gorgeous! I am a holiday cookie fiend and have already started my baking! 🙂

  16. These look delicious!

  17. Oh wow. I don’t even want to make these. I’m worried that I will eat the whole batch!

  18. The pumpkin recipes are still going strong in blog world and in my home! Pumpkin is so wonderful and so versatile. These cookies are so beautiful…I love the contrast of the dark orange of the pumpkin and the red cranberries! I will be trying this recipe…I have everything on hand! yay!

  19. made these tonight — DELICIOUS !!!!! except I used too big a spoonful so they took quite a bit longer to cook.

  20. Finally a pumpkin cookie recipe that turns out like a cookie, not a little muffin/cupcake!! (I don’t know how many unsuccessful pumpkin cookie recipes I tried last year….) I cut the sugar down to 1 1/2 cups because 2 cups seemed excessive and these are fantastic!

  21. I just finished making these! The flavor combination was great, love the pumpkin! I had an urge to add nuts, but since it was my first time making the recipe I stuck to your instructions to the T. Next time though I think I might add walnuts. The only thing was that the did come out fluffy like a cake, really good though.

  22. I brought these in to work today and they were a huge hit! What a great spin on regular old oatmeal cookies. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  23. I just made a modified version of these cookies and they were awesome!

  24. I was looking for something different to round out the Christmas cookie platter and came to you. Had pumpkin on hand and thought this would be just the ticket, litttle did I know…Later my husband mentioned how good the cookies were, I was wondering which cookies because I had made so many. He pointed to the cooling rack and said, “the ones that used to be there”. Now, this is a man who would not go anywhere near pumpkin, I didn’t clue him in either. He thought they just might be the best cookies I’ve ever made,wow. And thank you!

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