Pumpkin No-Bake Cookies

It's never too early to start celebrating fall.  When your favorite season is Autumn and you are a proponent of pulling out Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving, you can't help but wish away the last bit of summer with a pumpkin latte and a new wreath. Things have been crazy in our little house so I missed Monday's post.  Don't hate - you've had those weeks too.  But in all this hub-bub I needed a little glimpse of fall to turn the tables and hold me over until cooler temperatures arrive.

I discovered a recipe for no-bake pumpkin cookies on Pinterest - you can find the original recipe here from Project Domestication.  Who doesn't love no-bakes?  I've never tried anything but the original chocolate/peanut butter version....but I'll try anything with pumpkin once!  As a recipe only cook, I love pictures to know if what I'm doing is actually on the right track, so here's my version!

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Pumpkin No-Bakes (by Becky of Project Domestication)

1 cup pumpkin puree 2 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/8 tsp ground cloves 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup dulce de leche 4 TB butter 1/2 cup milk 2 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 tsp salt (she says fleur de del....but girl I've only got Morton's) 2 cup old-fashnioned oats

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Throw the pumpkin and spices in a saucepan on medium.  The original recipe says to bring to a low boil, then reduce to low.  I don't know about you, but I've only boiled liquids, not semi-solids.  And that's exactly what you do here.   Keep stirring so it doesn't burn on the bottom or sides.

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But eventually it will pop a little bit and "boil".  Let it reduce a bit to close to half the volume it was when you started (to about 1/2 cup).

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Add the sugars, dulce de leche, butter, and milk and cook until this mixture boils.  I turned it back up to medium when I added these ingredients.   Then turn it down to low once it boils and is smooth and all of the sugar has dissolved.

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Take if off the burner and add the vanilla & salt mixing well.

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Toss in the oats until they are all coated & mixed well.

photo Spoon out tablespoon sized dollops onto wax paper to harden.  You can throw them in the fridge on a cookie sheet to speed up the process or attempt to wait patiently like I did.  Bad move Amanda, bad move.

After all was said and done, next time I would:

  • Make smaller cookies  (teaspoon sized) so they would solidify faster.
  • Not expect them to have a hardish shell like the traditional no-bakes (because there's no chocolate!)
  • I might use a little less of the dulce de leche because they would still hold together, but still be a little less "sticky" (I ended up throwing them in the freezer after all to try to harden them up a bit more).

What's your favorite fall treat?  I'm in need of more recipes to try out...help a girl out!