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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

big, soft pumpkin cookies

It's a beautiful rainy day in New Hampshire today - what a relief from months of hot, dry weather. And when I saw Michelle's recipe for soft pumpkin cookies on this perfect indoor day, I had to make them. Oh, what a great cookie! This is a moist cookie, nice and fat, and studded with raisins - and I made them monster size, all the more to nibble.
I changed very little in her perfect recipe - a little more brown sugar, a few more spices to enhance the pumpkin, but other than that, it needed nothing.
Recipe from Big Black Dog:
Preheat oven to 350F.
Fit two baking sheets with foil or parchment.
(Remember to bake one sheet at a time or you'll get uneven baking)
2 1/2 cups King Arthur all purpose flour
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. ginger ( or grate some fresh)
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. cloves
1/2 t. kosher salt
1 stick of unsalted butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 egg
1 t. vanilla
1/2 cup soft raisins
Cream the butter and sugars.
Add the egg, raisins, spices, salt, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin, and vanilla and mix.
Add the flour slowly and mix until well blended.
Using an ice cream scoop, scoop up batter and space about three inches apart.
Bake for approximately 18 minutes, though they may need a few minutes more because of the moisure. Cool and enjoy!

What I'm reading:
well preserved: a jam-making hymnal by the late joan hassol


MaryMoh said...

These cookies look very delicious. Love that they are big :D

Anonymous said...

Hello Katrina,
I is great to stay inside on a colder day and bake. I love it, too. I will take your pumpkin recipe with me to try but hoping the colder days won't arrive that quickly. It is still beautiful here around Denver.
Thanks. Kirsten

katrina said...

Glad you liked, Mary! I don't know what it is that compels me to make Texas size muffins and monster cookies - maybe it saves time reaching for another, smaller nibble? Or maybe just hungry:)

katrina said...

Ah - it's warmed up, Kirsten, but in this old house it stays cool for a good long time. A cool kitchen is a LOT more comfortable than a hot one - the eggs and butter can stay at room temp and I can turn on the oven !

Daphne said...

Hi Katrina -
These pumpkin cookies look amazing !!!
May not be tweeting - but I'm following my favorite cyber pals' blogs. Yours is always a "homecoming".
♥ -Daphne

katrina said...

Hey Daphne! I hope you got my goodbye tweet? Glad to know you'll still be around somewhere -
You've GOT to try these cookies! Many thanks for all your good words and karma:)

Daphne said...

I most definitely got your tweet! Can't believe the # of wonderful people I met on twitter. I'll stay in touch ^_^.
All the best --D

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Barb said...

Yum! Love pumpkin cookies (especially in the fall) and I think I've had them with chocolate chips instead of raisins - either is delicious though - maybe a mixture of the two (good & evil??).

I gotta go bake some.

katrina said...

Barb - I agree! I'm mad about pumpkin-chocolate chip muffins, AND these awesome cookies; maybe next time I'll try combining them. Yum, yum, I love pumpkin anything, pretty much!

Alisa said...

The moment it gets cooler in the kitchen,Im going to bake these beauties.if you won't mind I'd love to guide Foodista readers to this post.Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post and it's all set, Thanks!

Gree said...

yum...why, oh why didn't I say I wanted some of those..

she's in the kitchen said...

Thanks, Alisa! I'll give it a try:)

katrina said...

Hey birthday girl! Because I didn't use gluten-free flour, I didn't stash any of these for you all. Next time, I promise!

Anonymous said...

It's recipes like this that make me happy the weather is switching over to fall!
Thanks, love the blog!


katrina said...

Delighted to have found you, Camille! Love YOUR blog & farm life - thanks!

Farmgirl Susan said...

These look marvelous, Kat! And although it was hot and weirdly windy today (felt like a hairdryer was blowing on you when you stepped outside), a couple of blissfully cool nights (I actually put on a long sleeved shirt!) have hinted that this long, crazy, insanely hot summer really is going to finally end, and the season of cuddling up in polarfleece, cozy baking, and pumpkin and spices is on its way. I can't wait. Bookmarking this recipe now. xo :)

katrina said...

Oh, how wonderful to hear your voice ( sort of:), fig! We also had a summer - two months of 90-100 degrees and no rain - in New Hampshire? Whaaaaa? Funny, I was just thinking about fleece today and browsing LLBean catalogue, wondering if I could get a new jacket. Fleece, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, snow, fresh, cold air, scent of pine. We must be crazy.

love and hugs

kat said...

I LOVE pumpkin!
Can't wait to make these cookies!


katrina said...

Lisa- you'll love them! I'm making them again tonight - enjoy!

Michelle said...

So glad that my recipe worked out for you! Love the addition of raisins and bit more brown sugar too.

Take care,


katrina said...

Hey - thank YOU, Michelle, for an inspiring recipe! Just love these cookies!