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, 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:
- Granulated Sugar from Imperial Sugar
- Chocolate Mint Essential Woman Omega Swirl and Chocolate Silk Greens from Barlean’s
- Chocolate bars (dark, milk, and white) from Lindt Chocolate
- Hemp seed prize pack (hulled hemp seed, toasted hemp seed, hemp seed oil, and hemp protein powder) from Just Hemp Foods
- Divine Chocolate gift set (15 flavors of chocolate bars!) from Divine Chocolate
- Dark chocolate caramels from Tahana Confections
- Vintage inspired gathering apron from Bless This Mess
- Lulu’s Lovepack (6 flavors of chocolate bars!) from Lulu’s Chocolate
- Pure Chocolate Lovers Supreme gift box from Pearson Farm
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!
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 Kitchen • 2 Cookin’ Mamas • A Day in the Life on the Farm • Aloha Flavor • Amy’s Cooking Adventures • Angels Homestead • Balancing Motherhood • Bless this Mess • Busy-at-Home • Chocolate Slopes • Coconut & Lime • Colie’s Kitchen • Cookaholic Wife • Cooking In Stilettos • Cooking With Libby • Cookistry • CopyKat Recipes • Cravings of a Lunatic • Crumbs in my Mustachio • Culinary Couture • Cupcakes Take The Cake • Deliciously Savvy • Eat It & Say Yum • Fairyburger • Famished Fish, Finicky Shark • Farm Fresh Feasts • Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine • Full Belly Sisters • Get Off The Couch and Cook • Grumpy’s Honeybunch • Hey What’s for Dinner Mom? • Honey and Birch • I Can Cook That • Jane’s Adventures in Dinner • Jessie Weaver • Life on Food • Life, Love, and Good Food • Majorly Delicious • Moore or Less Cooking Food Blog • Mother Would Know • Or Whatever You Do • Poet in the Pantry • Recipes Food and Cooking • Sassy Southern Yankee • Savory Tart • Seduction in The Kitchen • Serena Lissy • Sumptuous Spoonfuls • Take Two Tapas • That Skinny Chick Can Bake • ThatsSoYummy • The Chonchudo Files • The Crumby Cupcake • The Dinner-Mom • The Saucy Southerner • The Spiced Life • The Spiffy Cookie • The Two Bite Club • The Weekday Gourmet • Vintage Kitty • Wendy Polisi • What A Girl Eats v WhitBit’s Indian Kitchen • Wit Wisdom & Food • Zesty South Indian Kitchen
Are you a blogger who is interested in joining us during out next community event?
We’ll make sure you get an email about our next blogger event.
So many amazing bloggers to get to know! And because it’s Monday we need COOKIES! Pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, to be exact!
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 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
- 1 cup butter, softened
- ¾ cup Imperial brown sugar
- ¾ cup Imperial granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup canned pumpkin (or well strained fresh pumpkin)
- 1½ cups chocolate chips (I like semi-sweet or extra dark)
- In a medium bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer beat together the butter and sugar until well light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well to combine.
- Add the flour, oats, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Mix well. Add the pumpkin and stir to combine. Add the chocolate chip and stir until just incorporated.
- Scoop rounded tablespoons of the dough onto a parchment or baking mat lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 14 minutes (I like the 14 minute cookies and my kids liked the softer 12 minute cookies...). Store extras covered at room temperature.
I have all kinds of pumpkin recipes on the blog, including: soft pumpkin cookies with pumpkin spice kisses, pumpkin pie made from fresh pumpkin, and honey roasted pumpkin seeds with cinnamon. I hope one makes it into your baking this cool wet week. Enjoy these pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, friends, and have fun checking out all things #Chocotoberfest. It’s all week long so be excited!
Disclosure: I was sent product samples for participating, but I haven’t been paid to develop recipes or for my time. I’m participating because it’s fun for me and fun for you! Enjoy and have a great week friends.