Last Saturday, I participated in an event at Jersey Girl Brewing in Mt. Olive, New Jersey with several other New Jersey area romance writers. We hung out, signed books, and chatted with readers, who also had the opportunity to taste the brewery's beers. We were even in the room where they brewed the beer, which was really interesting.
I wanted to share some pictures from the event with you, and I've also included a recipe for my oatmeal pumpkin chocolate chip cookies below. I had some on my table at the signing (bribing people with baked goods? who, me?), and everyone enjoyed them. If you try the recipe, I hope you do too.
Oatmeal Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups quick cooking oatmeal
1 cup chocolate chips
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugars until fluffy. Beat in the egg, followed by the pumpkin puree and the vanilla extract. Stir in the flour mixture and the oatmeal until just combined and no streaks of flour remain. Stir in the chocolate chips.
You can bake the cookies at this point, but I like to chill them at least overnight. It makes the cookies come out puffier.
Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 12 minutes. Cookies will be lightly browned at the edges when done. Allow them to cool on the baking sheet for 4-5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes about 2 dozen cookies.