When you think about decorating holiday cookies Halloween is probably not the holiday that comes to mind. That might change after you hear about these pumpkin oatmeal Halloween cookies. When it comes to fall desserts this one is by far my son’s favorite!
When I was growing up baking and cookie decorating was a big part of the holidays. In our home though we didn’t have to wait until Christmas to get started. We got to start in the fall when mom made her pumpkin oatmeal Halloween cookies.
We always loved when mom made these pumpkin cookies. They taste so good, and we had so much fun decorating them to look like jack-o’-lanterns.
In years past I have made these cookies a lot myself. Every time I’ve made them I find that kids can’t get enough of them. Nick has always been a fan of them as well. He can’t seem to stop eating them when they’re in the house.
I made them when I did a long term sub job years back in a 1st grade class. I made the cookies for the Halloween party. One of the rotation activities was for the kids to decorate their cookie and we later ate them while watching It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. The kids went crazy for them!
As a mom I love that these cookies are somewhat healthy. They contain both pumpkin and oatmeal. Plus depending on the decoration toppings used you can add more healthy items such as peanut butter, raisins, and nuts.
Nick is a very picky eater, so anything he’ll eat that contains healthy things is a win in my book!
What You Need to Make Pumpkin Oatmeal Halloween Cookies
- 2 Cups flour
- 1 Cup quick cooking oatmeal
- 1 Teaspoon baking soda
- 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 Teaspoon salt
- 1 Cup butter
- 1 Cup brown sugar
- 1 Cup sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 Cup solid packed pumpkin
How to Make Pumpkin Oatmeal Halloween Cookies
The pumpkin oatmeal Halloween cookies are not too difficult to make, and if you follow my blog you’ll know that is a must in my book. The one downside is that they can take a bit of time to make. There are a lot of ingredients that need to be mixed up, but the real time consumer is creating the cookies themselves. The recipe does yield around 20 cookies though, so you get a lot for the time put in.
The first thing you’ll want to do is mix the flour, oatmeal, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together. Then set the bowl with the flour mixture to the side.
Next you need to cream the butter with an electric mixer. I personally like to get the butter out before I start mixing anything so it has time to soften. This makes this step go a little faster.
Next add both types of sugars as well as the egg and vanilla to the creamed butter and mix it altogether.
Now you need to grab the flour mixture that you created earlier and add that to the bowl with the creamed butter and other ingredients. Mix everything together. Be aware that at this point your batter is pretty thick and clumpy, so it isn’t the easiest to mix.
For the last step you’ll add the cup of pumpkin and finish by mixing it in.
Once you’re batter is ready it’s time to start making pumpkin cookies! To make the cookies place 1/4 cup of the batter onto a greased cookie sheet. Then use a spoon to move the batter around to give the cookie batter a pumpkin shape. Basically you want the bottom to be round with a bit of a stem at the top. The batter will shift some during baking, so don’t spend forever shaping the cookies.
On a side note, these are fairly large cookies. My cookie sheet is a decent size, but I never bake more then six of these cookies on it at a time.
Once your cookies are shaped place the cookie sheet in the oven and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. I find that 20 minutes is usually long enough, so I highly suggest at least checking on them at that time.
Supplies Needed to Decorate the Pumpkin Cookies
These are suggestions for the items you could use to decorate your cookies. What you want to use can be totally up to you, or even based on what you already have in the pantry and what your family likes.
- Colored frosting tubes (orange, green, yellow, and/or any other colors you’d like)
- Peanut butter
- Chocolate Chips
How to Decorate the Pumpkin Cookies
There is no denying that these cookies taste really good. Still, decorating them is half the fun! Kids just love giving these pumpkin cookies faces and turning them into fun jack-o’-lanterns.
How you want to decorate each cookie is totally up to you. I like to give my pumpkin a typical looking face, and possibly adding a decorative stem. Nick on the other hand went all out and made pictures on his cookies.
To decorate the pumpkin oatmeal Halloween cookies simply place colored frosting or peanut butter in the locations you want to add decoration to. Then you can place the candy, raisins, peanuts, etc. onto the frosting or peanut butter. Sometimes it’s fun to just leave the colored frosting on it’s own too.
Once you’re done decorating each cookie place it to the side and give the frosting time to dry before placing it in any type of storage container.
Pumpkin Oatmeal Halloween Cookies
- 2 Cups Flour
- 1 Cup Oatmeal Quick Cooking
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Cup Butter
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 1 Cup Pumpkin Packed Solid
Decoration Toppings - These are ideas. There are a lot of different items you could use.
- Colored Frosting
- Peanut Butter
- Chocolate Chips
Mix flour, oatmeal, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl and then set aside
Cream butter with electric mixer
Add in both sugars, egg, and vanilla to the creamed butter
Mix flour mixture into the butter mixture
Add in pumpkin
Drop 1/4 cup of batter onto greased cookie sheet. Move the batter around to create a pumpkin shape.
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes
Decorate cookies to look like jack-o'-lanterns once cooled
I hope your kids love these pumpkin oatmeal Halloween cookies as much as the kids I’ve given them to have. I believe I’ll be making another batch of these cookies this weekend myself because Nick is eating them like they’re going out of style!