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Kissed by Fall Pumpkin & Oatmeal Cookies

kissed by fall spiced pumpkin & oatmeal cookiesFall is my favorite season. Here in SE Michigan, the leaves are just beginning to turn. The tree tops are edged in various shades of amber and scarlett. The nights are cool – perfect sleeping weather! The days have had blue skies and sunshine. Mother Nature at her finest! Autumn’s arrival brings ingredients to the kitchen that had been “shelved” in the summer months. All the good things to create soups and stews of course, but also what I consider fall staples – apples and pumpkins. I’ll normally chose apple over pumpkin in most scenarios. But…on a recent trip to Target I “bumped” into Pumpkin Spice Kisses. Sounded good to me! I picked up a bag not knowing how I would use them. I started thinking cookies. One of our family favorite cookies are Peanut Butter Blossoms – the peanut butter cookie with a Hershey Kiss plopped in the center after baking. Yum! Not liking the idea of peanut butter and pumpkin together, I decided on oatmeal cookies. Upon further thought and searching, the final product was an oatmeal cookie with pumpkin purée. A little maple glaze drizzled on the top sent them over the top! These cookies ended up being a great “welcome to the fall season” treat.

kissed by fall spiced pumpkin & oatmeal cookies

Cookie Ingredients:
•2 cups all purpose flour
•1 1/3 cups rolled oats
•1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
•1 teaspoon salt
•1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
•1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
•1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
•1 cup butter, room temperature [2 sticks]
•1 cup sugar
•1 cup dark brown sugar
•1 egg
•1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
•15 ounce can pure pumpkin [pumpkin puree]
•1 Bag Hershey Pumpkin Spice Kisses
Glaze Ingredients:
•3 Tablespoons milk
•1 teaspoon butter
•2 cups powdered sugar
•2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
 
Directions:
•Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.
•Combine all of the dry ingredients [flour, oats, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg] in a large bowl. Whisk together and set aside.
•In the bowl of a mixer, combine butter and sugars. Mix on low speed until ingredients just start coming together. Increase speed to medium high and beat until light and fluffy. Scrap down sides of bowl.
•Add the egg and maple syrup; mix just until well blended.
•Add half of the flour/oat mixture; mix on medium speed until blended. Add 1/2 of the pumpkin, again mixing until well blended. Repeat with the remaining flour/oats, then pumpkin.
•Drop by heaping Tablespoon full on prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2″ between each mound.
kissed by fall spiced pumpkin & oatmeal cookies
•Bake for 20-25 minutes [or just until edges of cookies begin to turn light brown], rotating tray 1/2 through baking. While cookies are baking, begin to unwrap kisses and set aside.
•Immediately after baking cookies, press Hershey Kiss gently on center of cookie. The residual heat will melt the bottom of the kiss and allow it to “adhere” to the cookie. Allow cookies to cool completely on wire racks.
 kissed by fall spiced pumpkin & oatmeal cookies  kissed by fall spiced  pumpkin & oatmeal cookies
•When cookies are completely cooled, prepare the glaze. In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the milk and butter. When butter is completely melted, whisk in the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time. Remove from heat and whisk in the maple syrup.
•Drizzle glaze over top of cookies. [Use your whisk or a squeeze bottle.] Allow glaze to harden then store cookies in an airtight container. Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies.
 kissed by fall spiced pumpkin & oatmeal cookies  kissed by fall spiced pumpkin & oatmeal cookies  kissed by fall spiced pumpkin & oatmeal cookies
 
Recipe adapted from: http://www.chow.com/recipes/30456-spiced-pumpkin-oatmeal-cookies
 

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