Friday, November 18, 2011

Cookie Relations

I'm getting ready to package these up to take to my neighbors. Some of you may wonder why I'm baking for my neighbors. They never bring me anything. However, my goal in this great town of Abilene is to get to know as many people as possible. I believe that we were created to live in close community with people and if they aren't going to invite me over I'm going to knock on their doors. It's usually I little less awkward when they answer the door and I have something in my hands to give instead of just knocking and asking how life is going. I also love to bake and if I kept everything in this house that I made, well that would just be a bad idea.

Oatmeal Fruit Cookies
(Recipe adapted from Simply in Season cookbook)

3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup vanilla sugar
1/4 cup raw sugar
2 Tablespoons molasses

Mix this all together until well mixed.

1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

Add to the above mixture and beat in.

2 1/2 cups quick oats
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup raisins
1 cup coconut
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice

Add dry mixture to wet ingredients. Drop on greased baking sheets. I used a cookie scoop to deposit and then had to flatten them a bit as they didn't spread at all on their own. Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 12-15 minutes.

Pretty tasty and relatively healthy cookie to enjoy!


  1. Interesting,,,never heard of Vanilla Sugar before. Never have been overly fond of coconut,,hummm. csl

  2. Vanilly sugar is simply a product of a vanilla bean added to a jar of sugar. The vanilla infuses the sugar with the flavor and thus makes vanilla sugar!

    The recipe called for 1 cup of regular sugar, but you know I never really like to follow directions completely and you could easily leave out the coconut and use nuts or something else.