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

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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:

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! 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 ditch the cake mix because a little more effort always tastes better!

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

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies ditch the cake mix because a little more effort always tastes better!If you try this recipe, let me know what you think! Leave a comment, pin it, and don’t forget to tag a picture #blessthismesseat on Instagram. I love to see your kitchen skills in action!

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 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)
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

 

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

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.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

23 comments on “Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies because #Choctoberfest (plus a Giveaway!)

  1. Our kids love chocolate chip cookies – in fact we recently had quite the incident involving the sneaking and hiding of such sweets just this week! I’m really liking your blog!

  2. I love both extremes. Good quality dark chocolate and Cadbury milk chocolate, especially if produced out of the US. I love your blog but it took chocolate to get me to comment.

  3. Favorite chocolate?! Ah geez… whatever I last ate? No really, probably anything with chocolate and mint in it. I love these chocolate mint popsicles. It’s torture not to eat them all myself every time I go ahead and buy them…

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