. This recipe is more cake-like, so the
cookies are lighter and moist.
1/2 C butter, softened
3/4 C honey, liquid or softened
1 C pumpkin (homemade, well-mashed or blended or from a can)
2 1/4 C flour (I use whole white wheat flour)
2 tsp baking powder (non-aluminum)
1 tsp ground allspice
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/3 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 C walnuts, chopped (optional)
1/3 C raisins
Cream the first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix the first 5 dry
ingredients in a separate bowl and then combine with the wet stuff to
make a thick dough. Gently stir in chips, nuts and raisins.
Drop by teaspoons onto a non-aluminum cookie sheet an inch or 2 apart.
Bake at 350 for 11-13 minutes.If they squish when you squeeze them then you know they’re not done.
Let cool for 5 minutes before eating or moving them. I usually triple
this batch so I can use a 24 oz can of pumpkin. This makes enough
cookies to share with the neighbors.
Pumpkin Cookies Triple Batch
1 1/2 C butter, softened
2 1/4 C honey, liquid or softened
3 C pumpkin (homemade, well-mashed or blended or from a 24 oz can)
6 3/4 C flour (I use whole white wheat flour)
2 TB baking powder (non-aluminum)
1 TB ground allspice
2 TB ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp sea salt
1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 C walnuts, chopped (optional)
1 C raisins
Perfect Pumpkin Bread and Muffins
5 C white wheat flour (hard white or whole wheat pastry works great)
3 C sugar (I use evaporated cane juice, which is a whole food)
1 TB baking soda
1 ½ tsp baking powder (no aluminum)
2 ½ TB pumpkin pie spice
¾ tsp salt
3 C pumpkin (a large can or home cooked & pureed)
2 cubes butter, melted (1 cup)
½ C applesauce
9 oz chocolate Chips
2 C walnuts, chopped (Optional)
Mix dry ingredients. Mix eggs, pumpkin,
butter and applesauce. Combine all. Fold in chips and nuts. Pour into
greased pans or muffin papers. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. They may
seem a bit undercooked when they come out of the oven. The bread needs
to stay in for 40-45 min (it depends on how much batter you have left
from the muffins).
The Boone & Scenic
Valley Railroad will soon be playing host to Thomas the Train as it
stops there as part of the Mystery on the Rails Tour 2012!
Pulling out of the station for its 17th consecutive ride on the rails, the Day Out With Thomas: Mystery on the Rails Tour 2012 will visit more than 45 cities in the United States and Canada. Day Out With Thomas
is the only place for families to take a ride with a 15-ton replica of
everybody’s favorite No. 1 engine, Thomas the Tank Engine, and enjoy
Thomas-themed activities at the Imagination Station, including stamps,
temporary tattoos and hands-on arts and crafts.
My family is excited to
attend the event this upcoming weekend in Boone, Iowa. We had a fun
time last year and the kids are looking forward to all of the activities
Thomas will be in Boone September 15 & 16 and September 21-23. Check out the Day Out with Thomas Schedule to find an event near you and to purchase tickets. And be sure to follow @TrueBlueEngine on Twitter to learn all the latest engine news and to follow the 2012 railroad tour.