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Mommy and Me Mondays: Pumpkin Cookies



Life gets busy.  Crazy Fall days seem to follow the lazy days of summer and leave you scratching your head wondering how we got to the middle of October already.  I know our household isn't alone wondering how Halloween is just a little over a week away, how school has been back in session for months, and before you know it we'll be ringing in a new year. 

With that said, I almost forgot to make one of my favorite fall treats.  So I decided to slow things down a bit and head to the kitchen with my son.  He is a pretty good helper, and only slightly slows the process down due to asking dozens of questions (which melts your heart and tests your patience).  However, these pumpkin treats are for his preschool teachers, so I wanted to make sure he helped out.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

4 cups all purpose flour
2 cups quick-cooking oats
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, softened
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin 
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix the flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together.  Cream the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl.  Add the pumpkin, egg and vanilla and mix well.  Add the flour mixture gradually, mixing well after each addition.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Drop by tablespoons 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until light brown.  Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Recipe from A Thyme to Celebrate.  A cookbook by the Junior League of Tallahassee.  Proud of what the Junior League does locally and nationally for the betterment of children and families.

This is also a nice time of year to thank your new crop of classroom volunteers.  Simple and gracious thank yous keep them coming back!  Pop of few of these treats in a Halloween themed Chinese takeout container and you will have a pumpkin perfect thank you!

All this talk of pumpkin reminds me that I haven't switched my bulletin boards over to pumpkins yet!  Told you life gets busy!  To do this week!  If you haven't either, no worries, check out our pumpkin themed Fall Bulletin Board Kit in our Simply Sprout store.


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