First a bit about the title. Yes, quick and dirty recipes isn't the most appetizing... but I've realized they're a bit of my specialty. These are the recipes that you just whip together at a moments notice. These are not the recipes that are fine tuned over years of making them - in fact, this is the tuning process.
This is where I get a craving or a crazy idea and just whip stuff together in the kitchen. I used to do these things without measuring. Since the creation of the blog I now measure and write things down so I can share and recreate.
I love this type of recipe.
They're super quick to throw together and they don't always work. Plus, these are the recipes where I learn the most about cooking or baking.
These also tend to be my small quantity recipes. So many baking recipes make 1-3 doz cookies. Not everyone wants that many cookies in the house. I know I don't!! This is a recipe you can whip up, it makes 6 cookies and then you're done. Dessert for the family / guest / yourself :P
So, the other night, I was all too excited to have pumpkin in my house again. We all love the regular, not-so-healthy version of these cookies... but I wanted a guilt-free version.
Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp flour
2 tsp sweetener
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp molasses
2 tbsp mini semi sweet chocolate chips*
Combine dry. Add in wet ingredients and stir with a fork. Cook at 350 for 12 minutes.
The hard part? Not eating all six of these cookies in the evening :P
But the good news:
These are soft and cake-like and healthy enough your can pretend you're just eating oatmeal :P
* A note about chocolate chips. You'll notice I always use mini chips. For me it's because I find they go farther in a recipe. You want a certain amount of chocolate in your cookie / loaf / etc but don't want too much because well, let's face it, a steady diet of chocolate isn't the best idea. I use the mini ones so I get chocolate in every bite without having to have a lot of large chips. I buy these great dairy-free semi-sweet chips at Bulk Barn.