Have you noticed that I haven’t baked in at least a week? I know, I know…I’ve been on quite the dinner/savory kick here lately. I get into baking moods…anti-baking moods, where just the thought of breaking out my mixer gives me the chills. No, I’m totally not trying to diss my mixer. I love it…to death, actually. It’s the thought of CLEANING the mixer when I’m done with it, that has me close to tears. Well, I sucked it up, and went on a baking spree this weekend. I’ll try to disperse these recipes evenly over the next couple of weeks, as to not bombard you with an insane amount of pumpkin(y), decadent treats. It was totally worth the cleaning. You’ll see…you’ll see.
I honestly don’t know why I do this. I swear, I get obsessive about things. Baked goods, for example…there was no need to add to the endless pile of baked goods I have sitting on my baked goods section of my counter. It piles up so quickly, and before you know it, I’m going to bed having eaten 3 cookies, a cupcake and a brownie bite. No seriously…this happened last night.
When it came to these pumpkin oatmeal cookies, I decided to ignore that little voice in the back of my head…saying “Don’t do it, Justine!”
Stupid little voice…you know nothing.
These cookies are everything you crave in an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, but with oh so much more. They are loaded with pumpkin puree and pumpkin spices. I threw some hazelnuts and coconut into the mix, and I’m so happy that I did. These two ingredients add so much depth and texture, that I may just add them to every cookie I make from here on out!
A big, fat shoutout to Zach…for being a fantabulous hand model! <3 I went "milk and cookies" style with this beer pairing and you'll want it, I know you will!
Beer: Stone Brewing’s Coffee Milk Stout
Brewed By: Stone Brewing
Style: Milk / Sweet Stout
Alcohol Content: 4.2%
Description: I have paired with this milk stout before, and traditionally, I would pair a pumpkin dish with a pumpkin ale. This all being true, I really thought that this milk stout would pair so nicely with these cookies, so I just went with it. It totally worked. There’s nothing better than milk and cookies. At least in my world, this tends to be the case. These cookies are uber decadent, as they are filled with all kinds of sweet goodness. This session-able milk stout really compliments these cookies by not overpowering them. Because the cookies are so rich, I didn’t want an equally rich stout. While still having a ton of flavor, this sweet stout is not over the top, and the hint of coffee is the perfect addition. If you haven’t tried this coffee milk stout yet, give it a go, and bake a batch of these pumpkin oatmeal cookies while you are at it!
I hope you guys had a wonderful weekend, and are enjoying football Sunday!
Recipe slightly adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction.