4 Cups all-purpose flour (I use cake flour) 2 Cups oats – can be quick or old fashioned 2 tsp baking soda 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp salt 1 ½ Cups softened butter or margarine (I only use butter) 2 Cups packed brown sugar 1 Cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 can (16 oz) solid pack pumpkin
1 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or raisins
Assorted icings and decorations
Preheat oven to 350. Combine flour, oats, soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
Cream butter; gradually add sugars – beat until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; mix well.
Alternate additions of dry ingredients and pumpkin, mixing after each addition. Stir in chocolate chips.
For each cookie, drop ¼ cup dough onto a lightly greased cookie sheet; spread into a pumpkin shape. The recipe says to use the back of a spoon but I found that it's easier to shape the pumpkins by smearing each glob into a pumpkin shape with my finger. Then I use my finger again to dip into the bowl of dough for another small glob for each stem. I get a much better pumpkin shape with stem that way.
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. They are fairly large on the cookie sheet but they don't spread out much but I do give them a little bit of room. I put about 9 cookies per cookie sheet and it makes 40-50 cookies.
Cookies will be firm and lightly browned. Cool on racks or paper towels. Have fun decorating these Halloween cookies!
For my frosting I just dump a 2 lb box of powdered sugar in a large bowl, add a little water, stir, add a bit more water and stir – I keep doing that until it is the right consistency. If I get it too thin I add more powdered sugar. If it starts to get thick while frosting the cookies I add a little more water. I added red and yellow food coloring to make it orange.
I go to the Wilton section of the craft store and buy really cute cake decorator mustaches, red lips, eyes, eyes with eyelashes and even green and yellow monster eyes. Candy corn makes a great nose! A sliced piece of a fruit jelly candy can be split for a great mouth too and M&Ms can be used for eyes, nose or a curved line of them makes a mouth. Get as creative as you want with the decorating!