Happy birthday MiMi! Don't tell anyone, but it is MiMi's birthday today! In honor of her special day, I thought I would share a recipe that she has been making for most of my life. It is definitely a family favorite that is full of memories.
These cookies are a Halloween staple in our family. MiMi has made these cookies almost every year since 1984! It was the dark ages. A time before Pinterest and blogs and people found ideas for new recipes in newspapers. That is exactly where this is from. She still has the newspaper page with this and a few other recipes on it. Now it wouldn't be October without them!
I made a batch of the cookies last year as drop cookies. I just frosted them and called it a day. They were delicious, but it wasn't quite the same. The candy faces are part of the tradition, so this year we did them correctly. We thought Jax would have fun putting candy on the pumpkins. He did have fun, but most of the candy went into his mouth! I suppose all of those grand ideas of my kid always eating healthy and not having junk are shot. At least he eats well most of the time!
You can let your imaginations run wild on the decorations. They don't always have to make sense, they just have to taste good!
2 cups flour
1 cup oatmeal
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup solid pack pumpkin
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
For decorating: Buttercream frosting and assorted candies
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- Combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon & salt.
- Cream butter, gradually add sugars, beating until light and fluffy.
- Add egg and vanilla, mix well. Alternate additions of dry ingredients and pumpkin. mix well after each addition. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Shape into pumpkin shapes on greased or parchment paper lined baking sheets.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes depending on the size of the cookie. They will still be soft and you don't want them to brown too much around the edges. Cool for 15 minutes, then remove from cookie sheet to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Once completely cooled, decorate with frosting and candies.
Here are some more family favorites: