For a while there it looked like I was going to skip fall/Thanksgiving all together and skip straight to Christmas. Kind of like every store I've been in lately....
Every year it drives me (and plenty of others) crazy, but nothing ever changes. They still roll out Christmas decorations the day after Halloween. So maybe it's time I just get over it!
I might be taking it a little personally because my birthday always hovers around Thanksgiving so I have a soft spot for that holiday. In college, I wouldn't let my roommate listen to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. Sorry Em! I was obviously a little crazy.
But here I am making up for lost time and lobbing fall recipe after recipe at you. It will probably end some day. Don't worry.
Meanwhile, you can bake these cookies and enjoy the fleeting fall.
Pumpkin Monster Cookies
Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies
Adapted from this recipe
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon molasses
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (homemade or canned)
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup dark chocolate M&Ms
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
In a stand mixer bowl with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, sugar, honey, and molasses until creamy.
Stir in the pumpkin and peanut butter until fully combined. Finally, add the egg and vanilla and combine. Add the oats, give it a quick stir, and then stir in the chocolate chips and M&Ms by hand.
Drop tablespoon sized balls of dough on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. The surface of the cookie should look dried and there should be some firmness when you poke the top with your finger.
Let rest in the pan for 5 minutes before moving cookies to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
I actually prefer these the following day.