Monday, October 14, 2013

costco mind-readers & oatmeal pumpkin cookie recipe

the people at costco are mind readers, you should know. i have experienced this first hand, where costco has read my mind and started carrying products or brands that i thought they should. it's happened more than once, and it's kinda freaky. for example, i had been thinking and secretly wishing (i never filled out a product request card or even mentioned it to a cashier!) that costco would carry Udi's Gluten-Free Bread. and as of a few months ago, guess what costco carries? Udi's Gluten-Free Bread! and that's not all! that new orange flavored La Croix they just started carrying? yep, my thoughts. Chex cereal? straight from the costco wishlist in my head.   

most recently, i was thinking to myself: wouldn't it be awesome if costco carried organic pureed pumpkin? i love to bake with pureed pumpkin this time of year. and lo and behold, what do i find on my next costco trip? a 6-pack of organic canned pumpkin puree. seriously! i tossed that pumpkin into my cart and, since costco people were reading my mind, i thought: thank you, costco!

today i used some of that organic pure pumpkin puree to make oatmeal pumpkin cookies and they are SO YUMMY and SO EASY! there are a lot of pumpkin cookie recipes out there. this is my version derived from a few of my favorites. 

*note: these cookies are NOT gluten-free or vegan, but could easily be adapted as needed. because costco now carries gluten-free baking flour in a giant 5lb bag. you're welcome ;) 

oatmeal pumpkin cookies
2 cups organic whole wheat flour
1 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup organic salted butter (softened)
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup organic pure cane sugar
1 can organic pure pumpkin puree
1 large organic egg
1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract

preheat oven to 375. 
combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt in bowl and set aside. 
in another bowl (with mixer) combine softened butter, brown sugar and sugar. beat until fluffy.
add pumpkin, egg and vanilla and mix well. 
combine the flour mixture with the pumpkin mixture, and mix well. 
drop by rounded spoonfuls onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
bake for 12-14 minutes at 375. let cool and serve. or eat them right out of the oven. mmmmm. enjoy! 

ps: have you ever thought to yourself that costco should carry a certain product or brand and then mysteriously one day they started carrying it?! cool trick, costco.