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!


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


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.


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).


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.


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


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!