Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies because #Choctoberfest (plus a Giveaway!)


I am beyond excited today, because it is October 5…. and that means it is the first day of #Choctoberfest!

#Choctoberfest is a virtual event put together by The PinterTest Kitchen. Bloggers from around the world will be posting their favorite chocolate recipes, and you’ll get a chance to win some awesome prizes. I don’t do this type of thing super often, but it’s pretty fun every now and again. It’s a great way for my to support other bloggers too. I donated an apron from my Etsy shop to the prize pack too so I hope you enter! I love shipping to people I “know” online.

Here’s what this event is all about!

#Choctoberfest would not be possible without our sponsors, starting with our 2015 Gold Sponsor, Imperial Sugar. Imperial Sugar has been a trusted name in family kitchens since 1843. Their sugar products and sweeteners are made from non-GMO cane sugar and ensure consistently delicious results. We’ll be using Imperial Sugar whenever we use sugar in our recipes this week, and can’t wait to share the sweetness with you!

You can find Imperial Sugar on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and more. Make sure you visit the recipes section of their website for some sweet inspiration, and you can also find coupons on their website if you want to try out Imperial Sugar yourself.

Imperial Sugar and our other sponsors have banded together to contribute some awesome prizes for our #Choctoberfest giveaway! Entering is simple – just click below to follow us on Pinterest. Here’s what you could win:

We also have a nonprofit sponsor this year – Rescue Chocolate! They make vegan chocolate treats and donate 100% of their proceeds to animal shelters.

Enter now to win the #Choctoberfest prize. Hurry, because we’re picking the winner on October 12 at 8:00 AM, so if you don’t sign up before then, you’ll miss your chance!

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A huge thank you to all of the other blogs participating in #Choctoberfest 2015. Check out their blogs throughout the week for chocolate recipes you won’t be able to resist:

The PinterTest Kitchen2 Cookin’ MamasA Day in the Life on the FarmAloha FlavorAmy’s Cooking AdventuresAngels HomesteadBalancing MotherhoodBless this MessBusy-at-HomeChocolate SlopesCoconut & LimeColie’s KitchenCookaholic WifeCooking In StilettosCooking With LibbyCookistryCopyKat RecipesCravings of a LunaticCrumbs in my MustachioCulinary CoutureCupcakes Take The CakeDeliciously SavvyEat It & Say YumFairyburgerFamished Fish, Finicky SharkFarm Fresh FeastsFood Hunter’s Guide to CuisineFull Belly SistersGet Off The Couch and CookGrumpy’s HoneybunchHey What’s for Dinner Mom?Honey and BirchI Can Cook ThatJane’s Adventures in DinnerJessie WeaverLife on Food Life, Love, and Good FoodMajorly DeliciousMoore or Less Cooking Food BlogMother Would KnowOr Whatever You DoPoet in the PantryRecipes Food and CookingSassy Southern YankeeSavory TartSeduction in The KitchenSerena LissySumptuous SpoonfulsTake Two TapasThat Skinny Chick Can BakeThatsSoYummyThe Chonchudo FilesThe Crumby CupcakeThe Dinner-MomThe Saucy SouthernerThe Spiced LifeThe Spiffy CookieThe Two Bite ClubThe Weekday GourmetVintage KittyWendy PolisiWhat A Girl Eats v WhitBit’s Indian KitchenWit Wisdom & FoodZesty South Indian Kitchen

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So many amazing bloggers to get to know! And because it’s Monday we need COOKIES!

I love all things pumpkin chocolate chip, but skipping the box of cake mix and making homemade cookies is what’s setting this recipe apart from all the others. The addition of oats makes them have such a perfect texture too. They are still very light and soft like other pumpkin chocolate chip cookies but they are a step above. If you are feeling extra domestic you can make homemade pumpkin purée (cook the pumpkins in the slow cooker!), just be sure to let the homemade purée sit for an hour or so in a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to let some of its juice run out; it tends to be wetter than commercially canned pumpkin.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies ditch the cake mix because a little more effort always tastes better!

These are the perfect treat to take to your next fall gathering! I’m prepping for a giant birthday party this weekend for my soon to be 6-year-old and these are on my list to make. They are always a crowd pleaser. Imperial Sugar sent me a big ol’ box of granulated sugar to work with and you know I’m going to use all of it by the end of the month #bakersgonnabake

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