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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Jack-O-Lantern Cookies


     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!





Jack-O-Lantern Cookies

Ingredients:

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 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup solid pack pumpkin
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

For decorating:  Buttercream frosting and assorted candies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon & salt.
  3. Cream butter, gradually add sugars, beating until light and fluffy.
  4. Add egg and vanilla, mix well.  Alternate additions of dry ingredients and pumpkin.  mix well after each addition. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Shape into pumpkin shapes on greased or parchment paper lined baking sheets. 
  6. 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.
  7. Once completely cooled, decorate with frosting and candies.
Here are some more family favorites:


44 comments:

  1. Oh, daughter of mine. You always have some kind of tricks up your sleeve. This was quite the birthday surprise. Thank you.

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  2. Carlee, your Halloween cookies, turned out So Cute!! My kids would have so much making these! Pinned! Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Christine! We always have a lot of fun making them. It just wouldn't be fall without them.

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  3. Love these cookies. And I love the fact that the recipe was passed down in your family !!! You are right too, the faces add something !!! LOL

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    1. It definitely wouldn't be October without these cookies! It is fun to have a few recipes like this that are just part of a holiday or season. They always bring back good memories!

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  4. These cookies are adorable! Such a clever and cute idea. Pinned!

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  5. Another cute Halloween idea from you Carlee. Thanks for sharing at #anythinggoes. Have a lovely week.

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    1. Thank you so much, Sue! These are a definite favorite!

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  6. What a wonderful family recipe! I love recipes that take you back to when you were a kid. So sweet that you have that from your Mi Mi. I don't have a good oatmeal cookie recipe so I cannot wait to try this one!

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    1. We are definitely a family whose celebrations center around food. We love to try new things, but there are some things that we just have to do year after year. This is one of those! I hope you love them if you try them!

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  7. Your cookies are creative and cute, they would be a big hit.
    Fridays Blog Booster Party #26
    Thanks for bringing cookies,
    Kathleen

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    1. Thank you so much for hosting. You always have such a fun mix of posts linked up!

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  8. Great idea and perfect for the round up! Thanks so much for including me! I am honored to be in the mix with you. Thank you for all your hard work organizing it! I love these cookies and they are going to be a BIG hit at my kids school party!

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    1. Thanks so much Jennifer! It has been so much fun working together to get this ready. I hope the kids love them!

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  9. These are the cutest Halloween cookies Carlee.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe to make them at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

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    1. Thanks for hosting, Julie! We really enjoy making them every year!

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  10. Your Jack O Lantern Cookies look adorable. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a wonderful day.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you so much for hosting, Miz Helen! I always love seeing what you are dishing up!

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  11. This is such a brilliant idea! I would love to do this with my nieces and nephews :)
    Thank you so much for sharing this with us at #SaucySaturdays!

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    1. They are so much fun to decorate with the little ones!

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  12. What a great activity for the kids...even if they do eat all the candy!! lol!! Your making memories and traditions!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 favorite Things Link Party!! Come back again!! Pinned!

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    1. It is always fun decorating them. One piece of candy for the cookie, one piece of candy for me!! Thanks so much for hosting!

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  13. These are so cute...I know my girls would LOVE making these with me! Visiting from Wordless Wednesday
    (I'd love for you to join me at Share The Wealth Sunday - Saturday nights at 7)
    xoxo
    Lisa @ Fun Money Mom

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    1. Thank you! We always have the best time making them. I will have to stop by on Saturday!

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  14. I'm dropping by from the Lou Lou Girls link party. This recipe looks so yummy and decorating them looks fun. Thanks so much for sharing.

    I have a link party that I am trying to grow. I invite you to share this great idea -- I'm sure that my readers will love it as much as I do.

    My Grandma Ideas Sharing Time link party is at http://grandmaideas.com and runs Wednesday through Friday night at midnight. I hope that you'll drop by and share links to 2-3 of your wonderful ideas.

    All the best,
    Nina

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  15. Yummy Carlee, these look so good, My daughter was looking at my computer with me and she kept going "mmmmmm" looking at them, so I think I know what I need to make for her! Thanks for sharing with us at #ThrowbackThursday and hope to see you again this week!

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    1. Too cute! I hope she loves them if you make them! Thanks for hosting!

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  16. I LOVE your decorating! So cute!
    I will definitely be making your cookies for my cookie eaters this fall, but I don't know if I have your patience for decorating!

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    1. Thank you! Once you get a few kinds of candy out and get it started, it really goes pretty quickly. If you stick to a couple of designs you could be done in no time!

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  17. This is adorable (never thought I would call 'Jack" adorable, lol) This is so great for the kids! Thank you so much for sharing :)
    Joanita @ Snickerdoodle Sunday

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    1. We always have so much fun decorating (and eating) them! Thanks for hosting!

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  18. These look so fun....and tasty! I know my son would love making them, and of course eating them! Thanks for sharing them with us at Merry Monday! We hope you'll join us again next week! :)

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    1. They are definitely a favorite around here! No two are ever quite the same, but they all taste great! Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. Aww! These turned our super cute! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. Thank you, we have the best time making them every year!

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  20. These are stinkin' adorable! I am going to have to do this with my little one - she will LOVE this! :) Thanks for sharing at Tips & Tricks last week.... hope your week has been FABULOUS! Hugs to ya!

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    1. Thank you, I hope you both have fun making them! Thanks for hosting as well!

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  21. Looks great and so fun for the little ones of the house to help with. Already added it to my must try/let's eat board!
    Thank you for linking up to the Country Fair Blog Party!
    Laurie - Co-Host

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    1. Thank you! We always have fun with them. Thanks for hosting!

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