To close out our Pumpkin Cookie narrative for our Pie-Tacular, we traveled to Moatsville, West Virginia for (full disclosure) one of my best friend’s weddings. Elaine McMillion, the bride-to-be had mentioned in her submission that this family recipe (Pumpkin Cookies), a Thanksgiving staple, would be made for and served at the wedding, but as it turned out, it was not to be. This bride, who spent the week before the wedding in about three different states, bought the ingredients but never had time to actually get them ready.
I had so much fun (unofficially) photographing this wedding, and the epic dessert table, which included contributions of family and favorite recipes from friends and family alike, that this could hardly be called a loss. It was really touching to see all these people contribute their own little sweet to the dessert table, as a little gift to the bride and groom for guests to enjoy. I toted my own family oatmeal choc – chip walnut cookies from Boston, because I remembered they travel well (my grandmother used to mail them to me in a box when I was in college) and although I make them a bit differently, the result of a delicious, well-traveled cookie, I am happy to report, is the same.
Pumpkin cookies are still a family recipe that is part of the narrative of this now (expanding) family – the sentiment of their presence existed at this wedding even where the cookies themselves did not.
Stay tuned for a video about a traditional apple pie and much more in the coming days! Thanksgiving is almost here!
Grauel/Herec Family Oatmeal Choc-Chip Walnut Cookies
2 sticks butter
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
2 c. flour
2 c. quick cooking oats
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking soda
large pinch of salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup choc chips (chunks are better)
1 cup chopped walnuts
-Preheat oven to 350
-Cream butter and sugar together
-Add in vanilla, egg
-Combine dry ingredients in a bowl (except choc chips and walnuts)
-Mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients
-Stir in chips and walnuts
-Drop by rounded teaspoons on cookie sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes