Brown Butter Pumpkin Cookies

Brown Butter Pumpkin Cookies

Hello pumpkin season and my favorite time of year! To get in the spirit of the season, we decided to make some delicious pumpkin cookies.

*Warning, these are full of all the delicious ingredients that make cookies so good. Nothing gluten-free, sugar-free, butter free about these bad boys. Because a real cookie should be enjoyed once and awhile! Cookie1

Cooking should always be fun. The cub quickly discovered her reflection in the mixing bowl. A silly conversation ensued.  In the background you can see Grandma DiDi browning the butter over the stove.

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Grandma DiDi and the cub worked to add all the dry ingredients to the bowl. The cub helped stir while each one was added.

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Forget the spoon. Textures are fascinating to toddlers and they learn more by using their hands. The cub rubbed her hands in the flour, lifting it up and watching it fall through her fingers.

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In goes the cinnamon, but first, stop and smell it.

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Yum, that pumpkin pie spice smells delicious (and like my favorite season)!

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After deciding it was time to take her hair down, we were back to finishing the cookies. We mixed the wet ingredients and added raisins for flavor and texture.

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With curiosity, she watched Grandma Didi add all the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.  We decided to also add a delicious new find from Trader Joe’s to this recipe.   Pumpkin spiced pumpkin seeds.

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Time to scoop them onto the cookie sheet. The cub enjoyed using the ice cream scooper to plop the dough on the cookie sheet.

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These smell as good as they look. The cub thoroughly enjoyed her treat and we were so thrilled to introduce her to a pumpkin cookies. Something we will be enjoying for years to come! Note – This recipe was adapted from sallysbakingaddiction.com

 

 

Brown Butter Pumpkin Cookies

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks; 230g) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups (170g) old-fashioned whole rolled oats
  • 1 and 2/3 (208g) cup whole wheat flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice1
  • 3/4 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (150g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (228g) pumpkin puree ( not pumpkin pie filling and not the whole can) see note at bottom
  • Optional:   golden raisins and pumpkin spiced pumpkin seeds(or plain)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  1. Brown the butter: Slice the butter up into pieces and place in a light-colored skillet. (Light colored helps you determine when the butter begins browning.) Melt the butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once melted, the butter will begin to foam. Keep stirring occasionally. After 5-8 minutes, the butter will begin browning– you’ll notice lightly browned specks begin to form at the bottom of the pan and it will have a nutty aroma.  Once browned, remove from heat immediately and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk the oats, flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice together in a medium bowl.
  3. Pour the slightly cooled brown butter into a large bowl. Whisk in the granulated sugar and brown sugar until combined. Whisk in the egg yolk and vanilla extract until combined, then whisk in the blotted pumpkin (see note about blotting). Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined. The cookie dough will be thick and sticky.
  4. Add optional ingredients at this time if you choose.
  5. Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop cookie dough into balls (about 2 heaping Tbsp of dough each) and place 3 inches apart on the cookie sheet. Slightly flatten the balls out as the cookies won’t spread much unless you help out first!
  6. Top with more pumpkin seeds
  7. Bake for 14-15 minutes or until lightly browned and set on the edges.    Cool and store in airtight container in refrigerator or freeze.

NOTE:   For chewier cookies blot the pumpkin in a paper towel lined strainer or bowl and let it sit for 1/2 hour or squeeze it so it becomes drier.

Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

Hello there – if you are reading this, thanks for checking out our new blog – The Kitchen Cub. Our hopes are to share kid-friendly recipes, cooked with love by our little cub. We have found that getting her into the kitchen has helped expand her palate and makes prepping meals a little easier. We’ve all had the stage-5 clinger right when you begin to prep dinner. Giving your little cub a task like smashing, washing or stirring will keep them busy while you prepare the rest of the meal.

These Quinoa cookies have been a family favorite for years. We keep them in the freezer at all times (They stay fresh longer in the freezer). They are the perfect way to give your kids a wholesome meal or snack packed with protein. Let’s dive in to the recipe.

 

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For starters, we had her smash the bananas with a potato masher on a plastic plate. The flat surface made it easer for her rather than putting it in a bowl. She really enjoyed this task! While she smashed, we prepped the rest of the ingredients.

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After mixing all the dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in another, we had her help up stir the two together. We took turns and she appreciated watching how we did it and then tried to master her stir when it was her turn.

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Meet the Cub’s Grandmother, DiDi. She’s been cooking in the kitchen since she was a little girl. From generation to generation, our family has always had a love of cooking. Grandma DiDi is a fantastic cook and we know with her love and guidance, the Cub will be too!

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After all the wet and dry ingredients were blended, she added dried blueberries. Most went in the bowl, but some went in her mouth! All good chefs must taste their creations. If you don’t like blueberries, you can try any dried fruit!

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Next came the slivered almonds. Measuring out the amount in her easy-to-hold measuring cups and pouring them in was lots of fun. Stir them all together and it’s time to bake the cookies.

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Any large handle spoon will help your cub scoop the dough onto the cookie sheet. This step will not be pretty, but guide them and take turns when needed. We talk about how the cookies are going to bake in the hot oven and come out as perfect delicious cookies! It always brings so much excitement to her face.

Quinoa 1 Last but not least, eat one! These yummy breakfast cookies are the perfect on-the-go meal or snack, packed with protein and are free of refined sugar. Enjoy!

 

Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup whole wheat flour
½ cup almond flour
1 tsp kosher salt
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1/3 cup coconut oil
2 very ripe bananas (freeze old ones and thaw before use)
¼ cup pure maple syrup
2 large eggs
½ cup chopped fresh dates
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp almond extract
1 cup quinoa, cooked and cooled
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup dried blueberries or or any dried fruit
½ cup slivered almonds

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Cook one cup quinoa and let cool – see quinoa box for directions.
  3. While quinoa cools, whisk wheat and quinoa flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda in medium bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together coconut oil, maple syrup and bananas until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and almond extracts, stir until pale.
  5. Mix flour mixture into wet ingredients, half at a time.
  6. Once all the flour is blended, stir in quinoa, oats, blueberries, dates and almonds.
  7. Spoon 2 tbsp portions of the dough onto a non-stick cookie sheet.
  8. Bake cookies 15– 20 minutes.
  9. Transfer cookies to a rack to cool.
  10. Keep cookies fresh in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze for up to a month.