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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Pumpkin Oatmeal Raisin Bar Cookies

I'm probably the last person to jump on the pumpkin bandwagon, but I've had good reason not to just yet. As I've been experiencing apple love! I can't get enough of their sweet, tart flavors.

However, since it's November, I only thought it appropriate to make a pumpkin recipe (finally!). And this recipe was well worth the wait, Pumpkin Oatmeal Raisin Bar cookies.

Think of an oatmeal raisin cookie and then add pumpkin! I had no idea of the scrumptiousness I would be biting into when I made these cookies.

It's been years since I made pumpkin cookies. Let's just say, I still lived at home with my parents the last time I made pumpkin cookies. Yes, that long!

Why I waited so long to make another batch is beyond me. To make up for lost time, I might start making these cookies every month because they are just that good!

Don't take my word, just look at them! How can you say no to that?

That would be like telling [insert name of your favorite celebrity crush here.] For me, it’s Brad Pitt (if he was single, of course, because we all know he's married to you Angelina) "No, I cannot go out with you tonight Brad because I have to do laundry."

Just. Stupid. Good.

What? Did I just compare Brad Pitt to a cookie?

No, well, maybe. All I'm saying, is if Brad Pitt were a cookie, he might look like and taste like these Pumpkin Oatmeal Raisin Bar cookies because these are some yummy and handsome looking pumpkin cookies!

Oooh! I think I just named a cookie Brad Pitt!

Whatever you call these cookies, I’m sure you will love them to the very. Last. Crumb.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Raisin Bar Cookies

Recipe by Julie Murphy
Deliciously soft Pumpkin Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bars that are perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving time.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Yield: Approximately 3 dozen bar cookies
  • 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 3/4 cup (1 and 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 and 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 and 1/2 cups old fashioned oats, uncooked
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1-10 ounce package pumpkin spice chips
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Prepare 15" x 10" cookie sheet by greasing with butter, margarine, or a non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. Add flour, baking powder, sea salt, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, ginger, and corn starch into a medium size bowl. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar, and vanilla.
  5. Add in eggs one at a time.
  6. Blend in pumpkin puree.
  7. Slowly add in dry ingredients until blended throughout dough.
  8. Blend in oats.
  9. By hand, fold in raisins and pumpkin spice chips.
  10. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, evenly spread dough onto prepared cookie sheet.
  11. Place in preheated oven and bake for 25 to 35 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 to 20 minutes before cutting into squares. You can cut them any size you desire, big squares or small squares for little hands.
  13. Best stored in an air-tight container.

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