Contributed by Sheila Buck
(Update January 2017: Yum! I know these are in no way healthy, but I just love them. I might try tweaking the recipe in the future to use Paleo approved non-grain flour and honey, or something like that, just to make it a little healthier. But I’m keeping this recipe here because it is a family favorite. I’m fine with having a treat once-in-a-while.)
During the holidays, my oldest son and I like to do a lot of baking. One of our favorite kinds of cookies to bake this time of year is pumpkin cookies. They taste great and are a big hit at our home. Our friends and family also like them.
1 can pumpkin
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda dissolved in 2 teaspoons of milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups flour
1 package butterscotch chips (11 ounces)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine the pumpkin, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger in a large mixing bowl. Mix the ingredients thoroughly. Add eggs, oil,vanilla and the baking soda mixture. Mix well. Add the flour one cup at a time, mixing thoroughly after each cup. Add the butterscotch chips and mix well. Drop cookie dough by teaspoonful onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 12 minutes. This recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies.
All of the ingredients we use to make this recipe are store brand, except for the butterscotch chips and pumpkin. I have been unable to find the butterscotch chips and pumpkin in the store brand packaging. During the holiday season many grocery stores offer sales on baking stuff including the butterscotch chips and cans of pumpkin.
Pumpkin butterscotch chip cookies make great gifts. You can also bring some to holiday parties or make some for your family to enjoy.
Sheila Buck is the single mom of two teenage boys. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. Sheila is a freelance writer, and also writes books and short stories in her spare time. Sheila also writes for Frugal is Fabulous!.