Pumpkin is one of my favorite fall flavors to cook with. It adds color and flavor to a dish and takes a recipe from ordinary to extraordinary. Last year I made tasty Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, and this fall I wanted to try out a new Pumpkin Cookie. I came up with this recipe for Pumpkin Date Cookies.
This recipe uses pumpkin and apple sauce in place of most of the butter, so it is very moist and chewy. The insides of the cookie have a cake like texture. I added dates and pecans along with spices to give the cookies a nice burst of flavor.
Because the dough is so moist this cookie takes a while to bake. I had to keep checking the cookies and putting them back in make sure they were cooked all the way through. My oven in on its last legs and doesn’t always heat evenly, but it took over 15 minutes for me to bake the cookies. They won’t get crispy, but they will start to brown around the edges and on the bottom when they are done.
Pumpkin Date Cookies
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup apple sauce
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking power
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup dates chopped
- 1/2 cup pecans chopped
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Combine the butter and sugar in a mixer until creamy.
- Add the apple sauce, pumpkin and vanilla and mix.
- Add the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg and cinnamon and mix until combined.
- Fold in the dates and pecans.
- Drop by spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake for 15-17 minutes until center of cookie is firm.