Sunday, October 19, 2014

Oreo Pumpkin Cookies

A local fast food restaurant offers Oreo Pumpkin milkshakes every Halloween-  lots of Oreo cookies mixed in a slightly spicy pumpkin ice cream.  They are delicious!  Since ice cream is in high demand around my house and we rarely ever have any in the freezer (even if I did just buy a gallon's worth the day before -those six kids!), I decided to create the Oreo Pumpkin milkshake but in cookie form.  I'd say these cookies are definitely every bit as good (if not better) than the milkshake version.  Go ahead and bake yourself up a batch.  The ghosts and ghouls at your house are gonna love 'em!

Oreo Pumpkin Cookies 

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 c pumpkin puree
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla 
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2-1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
a pinch (1/8 teaspoon) of ground nutmeg
1/2 cup chocolate chips
20 chocolate sandwich cookies (chopped)

Cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Mix in pumpkin puree, eggs, and vanilla.  Add in baking soda, salt, flour, and spices - cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg.  Stir until well incorporated.  Mix in chocolate chips and cookie pieces just until combined.  DO NOT OVER MIX or you'll dough will turn grey!  Place 2 inches apart on a slightly greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until slightly brown around edges.

 Into a large mixing bowl put 1/2 cup of softened butter
 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
 and 1/4 cup granulated sugar.
 Cream the butter and sugars together until they are light in color, fluffy, and well incorporated
 Once your butter and sugars have become one together, add 1/4 cup pumpkin puree 
2 eggs
 and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.  Now mix everything together.
 Time for the dry ingredients:
1 teaspoon baking soda
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves and a pinch (which equals to be about 1/8 teaspoon) of nutmeg- ground of course.
 and last but not least, 2-1/4 cups of flour.  Mix all the dry ingredients into the wet until everything is combined.
 Now for the good stuff. . .  Stir in 20 chopped Oreo Cookies
(I put all my cookies into a gallon zip-top baggie and hit them slightly with a rolling pin until they were nice chunks.)
 and 1/2 cup chocolate chips.  Be careful to mix until just combined.  If you mix too long the cookies will turn your dough grey.
Place 1 tablespoonful of dough 2-inches apart on a slightly greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until the edges are slightly brown.

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