Pumpkin spice has become ubiquitous at this time of year, and I hold my hands up and admit that until this year I had never had pumpkin spiced anything. I was determined to rectify that, but with one proviso: whatever I made has to contain pumpkin as well because otherwise it is just spiced, right? Enter, these oat filled pumpkin spice cookies.
The pumpkin comes pureed from a can. It seems far less wasteful than cutting up and cooking a whole pumpkin, and you will get a few batches of these from one can. I found mine in the American food shelves at Morrisons. I suspect they are only around until Halloween so I got a couple! It says that it is 100% pumpkin with no added nasties so check what you are buying.
You could make your own pumpkin spice mix. According to t’interweb it is a mix of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. However, I went for a speculaas mix from the excellent Spice Kitchen UK. Owner Sanjay said that his mix had a bit more depth, and he is right. It contains pepper and cardamon as well as the above. I have also used a mix from the Speculaas Spice Co in my flapjacks in the past, and that would work wonderfully here as well.
So we have pumpkin, and we have spice. Do we have a decent cookie? Oh my goodness yes!
Oat cookies should always be moist. I used the pumpkin puree in place of some butter and that resulted in beautiful texture and a slight orange hue. A generous amount of plump raisins add sweetness and the spice gives an autumnal warmth. To be honest, I may well add it to my oat cookies year round, even without the pumpkin.
These pumpkin spice cookies can be enjoyed warm (give them a few minutes to stand and firm up a bit) or they will keep a few days in a well sealed biscuit tin.
I can’t wait to serve them up to friends to see if they live up to their pumpkin-spiced dreams as well.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Emma from Farmers Wife and Mummy for my fab new mug. It cheers me up every time I look at it!
Do you go all out for pumpkin spiced everything at this time of year? What’s the oddest pumpkin spice thing you’ve tried (I’ve seen a lot online!)? I’ve got a pumpkin spice board on Pinterest so let me know if you have anything cool to add to it.