So after I got home with my little pumpkin, I thought well shoot how do i do this pumpkin justice? Oh, right... cookies, duh! The journey has begun... I'm glad to share my saturday baking with you all!
First, I cut up my pumpkin, around the stem, like you would do if you were carving it! Next, I cut the whole pumpkin down the middle so now I have two halves of my baby pumpkin! Then remove the seeds and pop it into the oven. Well, first preheat your oven of course to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with tin foil or those fancy silicon non-stick sheets. Mine was small so it only took around 1 hour and 30 minutes to bake completely. Let me tell you, my little apartment smells DELICIOUS already! Wait till I pop these cookies in there... ooooh Heaven! Let the pumpkin cool for roughly 20 minutes until it's cool to touch so you can work with it. Then start pinching at the skin and you'll see it's going to start coming right off. Gently, remove all of the skin of both halves. Cut up into 2 in. blocks and place in a food processor/ high-speed blender (like a vita-mix). My blender couldn't handle this task, so it was my food processors job for sure! My tiny .5 lb pumpkin yielded 2 c. of puree, not bad if you ask me. Our local trader joes sells the organic pumpkin on sale now for $1.99 for about 1 c. of puree. Check this out, $1 for 2 cups, and a wonderfully smelling apartment. I decided to use what I needed for these cookies and freeze the rest in zip-lock baggies! I'm thinking a pumpkin soup is in the cards soon...
Now on to the cookies...
I really wanted a "paleo" friendly cookie, because well... I already spent all this time making homemade organic pumpkin puree I didn't want to add in some refined grains to mess it up! Here's what you'll need:
1/2 c. Raw Unsalted Almond Butter, creamy
1/4 c.+1 tbs. Organic Pumpkin Puree
2 tbs. honey
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
Yields ~ 1 dozen delicious cookies!
Mix together all the ingredients and you should get a somewhat think batter. They are "drop cookies" if that helps with consistency. Since there is no raw eggs in this mix feel free to taste test, but don't eat all the batter ;) as tempting as it might be. Trust me the baked version is even better if you can imagine that! Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spoon 1 tbs. of batter about 1 1/2 in apart. (They don't spread much!) Next I pressed in with a wet fork but you don't need too if you don't want to, it just adds a little character if you ask me! Bake at 350 deg. (F) for ~ 12 minutes.
Your house is about to smell like heaven... I hope you're jumping up out of your seat to make these right now!
My cookies ended up a little on the "dark" side because I use extra dark ground cinnamon, so don't worry if your cookies come out lighter in color if you are using regular cinnamon. They will taste the same ;)