When I have guests over, I love to send them home with a little something that they can enjoy the following day. A small bag of fudge or caramels, half of a batch of cookies, or scones for the next morning are what I have in mind. This Thanksgiving, I plan to send my guests home with a bag of these Pumpkin Oatmeal Cinnamon Chip Cookies.
I have had the vision for these cookies floating around in my mind since the leaves first began to change this year. I have a perpetual bag of cinnamon chips in my freezer that I was looking to find a purpose for and half of a can of pumpkin puree leftover in my refrigerator, so I was anxious to put both of those ingredients to use. Oatmeal with cinnamon is one of the most obviously delicious flavor combinations and also I love the texture that oatmeal provides to cookies when it gets all puffed up. As I was developing the recipe for these Pumpkin Oatmeal Cinnamon Chip Cookies, I happily remembered that pumpkin is a great replacement for butter and oil in recipes and provides such great moisture in baked goods without the added fat.
I love the flavor and texture that nuts offer, so I opted to add chopped walnuts to the Pumpkin Oatmeal Cinnamon Chip Cookies, but you could certainly leave them out or opt for a different nut like pecans if you wish. These cookies are perfectly soft and chewy thanks to the oatmeal and pumpkin and I know they would be a welcome addition to your holiday dessert table.