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October 25, 2007

Pumpkin Raisin Cookies

Pumpkin Raisin Cookies

Yes, we're back in pumpkin mode! Alexis is a pumpkin fanatic so what can I say? The best part is that these cookies are very cake like in consistency and are scrumptious to boot. Utilizing fresh pumpkin is fun this time of year and these little gems are great for a treat!

What You'll Need:
1 cup of butter, softened
2 eggs
1 tsp of vanilla
1 1/2 cups of natural brown sugar
2 cups of mashed pumpkin
1 1/2 cups of raisins
1 1/2 cups of nuts, chopped (Notes: I prefer pecans, but you can use walnuts and as always you can leave out the nuts all together.)
4 cups of all purpose, unbleached flour
1 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp of sea salt
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves

Preheat oven to 350 F.

In a large bowl cream together butter through pumpkin until smooth. Add raisins and nuts and stir until mixed. Set aside.

Sift together remaining ingredients and slowly add to pumpkin mixture stirring until just incorporated. Drop by rounded tablespoonful onto a baking sheet lined with a Silpat or parchment paper. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until slightly browned.

Makes roughly 4-5 dozen cookies.

Notes: Another nice addition to this cookie are raw pumpkin seeds. A friend of mine made them using cranberries instead of raisins and said that they were great. I'll have to take her word on that because I detest cranberries! ;o)

Posted by Dianne at October 25, 2007 8:28 AM

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Dianne, these are delicious!

Posted by: Patricia Scarpin at October 25, 2007 1:19 PM

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