If you still have your jack o lantern sitting around and it's not molded or dried out why not cook it. There are about a million pumpkin recipes out there floating around all the blogs.
These are really soft and closer to muffin tops than cookies in my opinion. But that's perfect for us because i didn't feel bad giving my Little One one of these cookies. (we try to avoid sugar in general but every once in a while its nice to give her a treat.) This was the first time she had ever had a chocolate chip and of course she loved it.
this recipe from joythebaker.com (if you haven't been to her site you should go. it's choc full of amazing looking recipes)
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup canned (or fresh cooked & pureed) pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 325*F.
Stir together the first 7 ingredients (thats the flour through the cloves) in a mixing bowl and set aside.
Using an electric mixer on medium speed mix together the butter and sugar until it is smooth & light yellow in color... for about a minute.
Slowly mix in the oil, pumpkin, and vanilla until blended. Stir in the flour and then the chips.
On an oiled baking sheet scoop (about 1/4 cup batter per cookie) cookies spacing at least 2
1/2 inches apart. This is a very runny dough and it does spread a lot.
Bake each sheet of cookies one at a time on the middle rack of your oven. They cook about 16 minutes each or until the top is firm and an inserted toothpick comes out dry. Cool them on the sheet for at least 5 min before transferring them to a cooling rack.
You can dust them with powdered sugar if you like.
Makes approx 18 cookies.
I have pretty much only been baking for Daring Baker's challenges lately so this was definitely a nice change of pace. It reminded me just how easy baking can be.