Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Tuesday Talk #5: It's a Cookie Swap!

You made it! Welcome to our Cookie Swap, hosted by the Tuesday Talk ladies! We're excited to share some of our favorite recipes with you, just in time for the holiday season! 

Having turned the calendar a few days ago, I'm beginning to feel that sparkly, warm feeling inside of "the most wonderful time of the year." But since I'm not quite ready for Advent and Christmas yet, and since I'm still going strong with the pumpkin scents and flavors, I decided to share with you a pumpkin cookie recipe with you today. I'll also be sharing some of my favorite kitchen tools with you!

I found my recipe through Pinterest and give all credit to Mandy's Recipe Box for this delicious classic fall cookie. Any cookie with oatmeal and chocolate chips is a friend of mine, and adding some pumpkin just seemed like making a great thing even better. These cookies are full of spice, so if you're thinking a little more pumpkin and a little less spice, you might want to decrease the amount of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. 

My husband approved these cookies, although he did ask me when is pumpkin season over? But that was after we had pumpkin cookies, pumpkin roll, and a pumpkin dump cake all in one week. I don't think he shares my love for this flavor quite at the same level. ;)

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

2 cups of flour (I used white whole wheat, though the original recipe called for all-purpose)
1 1/2 cups of oats (I used old-fashioned, not quick)
1 tsp. of salt
1 tsp. of baking soda
1 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp. of cinnamon
1 cup of butter, room temperature (this likely cancels out the whole wheat flour, huh?)
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1 cup of pumpkin puree
1 egg
2 tsp. of vanilla
1 cup of chocolate chips (I highly recommend Ghiradelli brand!)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. Blend butter and sugars in a stand mixer until fluffy. Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla. Beat well.
3. Add flour, oats, cinnamon, soda, salt, spice into wet ingredients. Mix.
4. Mix in chocolate chips. 
5. Drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheet and bake for 13-15 minutes. 
6. Makes about 30 cookies. (If you count my cookies, you'll see there are five missing...one my husband ate and, um, four that I ate.)

Sit a spell with me at my kitchen table and help yourself to some cookies while I show you a few of my favorite kitchen gadgets...

These colorful measuring cups are from Food Network. Dishwasher safe, cheerful...

...And they store so easily by folding into this smaller size!

I love cookie scoops. Perfect size cookie and they all turn out uniform for easy, even baking.

Last but not least, are these not the cutest measuring spoons you've ever seen?
A friend found these Mason jar measuring spoons for part of our wedding gift.

Not pictured are my baking stones! I LOVE stoneware for baking bread or cookies or pizza crust! What are some of your favorite kitchen tools?

Are you ready to check out the other recipes? Here are the links to each of the hosts' recipes. 

Michelle - Grammie Time // Beth - Our Pretty Little Girls // Elizabeth - All Kinds Of Things // Stephanie - Wife Mommy Me // Christina - Waltzing In Beauty // Becky - BYBMG //  Lauren - Simply Free // Sarah - Abiding In Grace // Keri - Living In This Season // Laura - Life Is Beautiful // Jess & Katie - Sweet Little Ones // Whitney - Polka Dotty Place

Join the baking party, friends, by linking up with your own favorite recipe! Here's the scoop: 


  1. Laura, those cookies look amazing!!! I definitely want to give those a whirl sometime-I love pumpkin, but I haven't really had much pumpkin-y goodness this fall, so I should get on that! I also love the fact that you used oatmeal in those-my cookie recipe has oatmeal too! Oats in cookies are so good, and they make it "feel" healthier AND help me justify eating cookies for breakfast ;)

    1. I so agree about oats in cookies! Love them!

      Hmm...cookies for breakfast. I can get on board with that! ;)

    2. Haha yup! My mom always believed that oatmeal-peanut butter-chocolate chip cookies were just as healthy (if not healthier) than many cereals, so occasionally she would let us eat them for breakfast :)

  2. Pumpkin cookies are so delicious! I love the texture too! I can almost smell them baking away :)

    1. Yes! Best oven smell ever! (except maybe for baking bread itself).

  3. I like using my baking stones too. Great for pizza and cookies. These cookies look so good. I love pumpkin in anything. So glad this link up went so smoothly and I've had a ton of positive feedback from readers.

    1. The link up has been such fun! We'll have to do it again sometime. Maybe a home tour or project/DIY theme?