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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Chocolate Makes a Good Pumpkin Great

Great Pumpkin Cookies
In my childhood, in the time before DVRs, I counted the fall days until "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" animated television special aired each year.  It was truly an event when the entire family settled in to watch Charlie Brown, Linus, Snoopy and the Peanuts gang.  I chose this recipe for the nostalgic name, but I'm sharing it because it combines two of my favorite flavors:  pumpkin and CHOCOLATE!

Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies
Great Pumpkin Cookies
2 cups flour
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 t baking soda
1 t ground cinnamon
1/2 t salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 t vanilla extract
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Cream butter, gradually add sugars, beating until light and fluffy.  Add egg and vanilla; mix well.  Alternate additions of dry ingredients and pumpkin, mixing well after each addition.

Stir in morsels.  Drop dough onto lightly greased cookie sheets, bake 11 minutes.  Remove from cookie sheet to cool.  Once cool, drizzle chocolate over each cookie.

Cool on Wire Rack

Chocolate Drizzle
6 oz. bittersweet chocolate
1 T shortening

Melt chocolate in microwave or use double boiler method.  Add shortening and stir until smooth.  Place chocolate in heavy, sealable plastic bag.  Create a pastry bag for piping by snipping one corner of the Ziploc.  Drizzle chocolate over cooled cookies.  Chocolate will remain slightly gooey.  Halve shortening if you wish chocolate to set.  

A Little Chocolate Makes Pumpkin Great!

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