pumpkin oatmeal cookies | confections of a dietitian

Fall abruptly ended here last weekend with the arrival of 5 inches of snow. As excited as I am for winter, I’m not quite ready for this beautiful season to end. After missing out on fall for the last 3 years, I want it to last forever! So even if the weather won’t cooperate with my wishes, my baking and the smells coming from the oven can.

I’ve been thinking about making pumpkin cookies since the leaves barely started changing colors, (maybe this little announcement had something to do with that) but didn’t get around to making them until this past week. As soon as I took my first bite of these, I knew I had to share the recipe with all of you!

pumpkin oatmeal cookies | confections of a dietitian

There are so many things to love about these cookies. First, they have lots of spicy, warm flavors, which you already know I prefer. The addition of molasses makes them reminiscent of a gingersnap, but it doesn’t overpower the pumpkin or other spices, it compliments them. Texture wise, it’s much more cake-like than a gingersnap, but the oatmeal gives it a bit of chewiness too. The thing that makes these cookies so fun are the different variations you can make! It’s kind of like a “choose your own adventure” story, but with cookies! I couldn’t decide which I wanted more, so I divided the batter evenly between three bowls and mixed bittersweet chocolate chips into one, butterscotch chips into the second and dried cranberries with white chocolate chips into the third. I brought these over to a friend’s house and none of us could pick a favorite! I’d say that’s a success! I think the addition of toasted pecans, walnuts or coconut with any of those chips would be delicious. Other types of dried fruit are always a great option too or, if you’d rather leave them plain, they are so full of flavor that I know they would be delicious like that too!

pumpkin oatmeal cookies | confections of a dietitian

These cookies are delicious alongside a cup of pumpkin spice coffee or on their own as a treat after dinner. I also think they would be a perfect hostess gift if you’re traveling for Thanksgiving this year, as they will transport much easier than most other baked goods. You’ll definitely be the most popular guest once everyone gets a taste of one! No matter when you bake these, (which you definitely should) I hope it makes fall last a little bit longer for you too.

pumpkin oatmeal cookies | confections of a dietitian