Originally I wanted to start this blog to have a place to keep all my favorite recipes in one spot and to share them as well.  Now it has become so much more to me.  It is challenging me to come up with my own recipes.  I do a decent job at creating dinner recipes all my own.  And I can usually alter a recipe successfully.  But to come up with an original cookie recipe???  Yikes!  But I did it!  Here is my first ever, I-made-it-all-up-myself cookie recipe.

These Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies are one of my all time favorite cookies.  I have successfully made them gluten-free.  But they are FAR from healthy (still you should try them…with chocolate chips instead of raisins OF COURSE!). With the pumpkin oatmeal cookies as my inspiration and the 3/4 cup of pumpkin I had left from the chili and the scones, I made these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, refined-sugar-free (except for the chocolate chips and craisins).

I took them to play group and before they were eaten up, I remembered to take a picture of them.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup pumpkin

1/3 cup almond butter

2 eggs

2 tbsp coconut flour (I think I will try 3 tbsp next time since they were SO moist)

dash of vanilla

1 to 2 tsp cinnamon

2 to 3 tbsp of agave or honey

1/4 tsp baking soda

small handful chocolate chips

small handful dried cranberries

Directions:

1.  Preheat over 350*.  Throw all the ingredients in a bowl and blend until smooth.

2.  Spoon heaping teaspoons onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Bake about 12 minutes.  They are super moist so be sure to cool on cooling rack.

I have recently been experimenting with using less sugar.  I am excited to see that Tabitha and Charlotte still LOVE and beg for more of these reduced-sugar cookies the same way they do the ones with heaps of sugar.  I really enjoy providing them with special homemade treats and it looks like I can do it without all the sugar!!  Hooray!!  And who am I kidding, I love sugar too.  Since baked goods do not last long around here and I have no one else to blame but myself, I am glad I can have a sweet treat without all the sugar as well.

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