Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Raisin Pumpkin Cookies (Blogger Secret Ingredient)

I made my Blogger Secret Ingredient (BSI) recipe today. This week’s ingredient is pumpkin, one of my favorite ingredients overall. I wanted to make something sweet so came up with a cookie recipe.

I actually made my own pumpkin puree…  I took a pumpkin, cut it in half, and baked it at 450F for 40 minutes.  Then I skinned it, cut it in pieces, and used my hand-mixer to blend it into a puree.  It’s so fresh – I usually have canned pumpkin, which is pretty good, but there is something special about pumpkin puree made from scratch.

Chocolate Peanut Raisin PUMPKIN Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (can make your own!)
  • 3/4 cup sugar (brown sugar would be good too)
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup peanuts (then crush them up – so it seems like a little less than 1/4 cup)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Mix together all the dry ingredients – flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the pumpkin, applesauce, and sugar.
  4. Now add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until everything is combined.  Add the raisins, chips, and crushed peanuts.
  5. Spoon cookies onto a greased pan (I used nonstick cooking spray).  Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until firm.

Makes 30 smallish cookies.

What is your favorite cookie?

Mine is oatmeal raisin.