Nothing says Halloween more the pumpkin. Pumpkin is loaded with protein, and vitamins that make these sweets a little better for you, and also helps you fill fuller so you want have to eat more sweets then you planned on. This cookie is not only yummy but also filling.
Facts about Pumpkin
Facts are from http://urbanext.illinois.edu/pumpkins/facts.cfm
Total U.S. pumpkin production in 2008 in major pumpkin producing states was valued at $141 million.
Total production of pumpkins by major pumpkin-producing states in 2008: 1.1 billion pounds
Thetop pumpkin production states are Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and California.
The top ten pumpkin producing counties in Illinois are Tazewell, Kankakee, Mason, Logan, Will, Marshall, Kane, Pike, Carroll and Woodford.
Around 90 to 95% of the processed pumpkins in the United States are grown in Illinois.
Pumpkin flowers are edible.
The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs and took six hours to bake.
Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
Pumpkins range in size from less than a pound to over 1,000 pounds.
The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.
Pumpkins are 90 percent water.
Pumpkins are fruit.
Eighty percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October.
In colonial times, Native Americans roasted long strips of pumpkin in an open fire.
Colonists sliced off pumpkin tops; removed seeds and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey. This was baked in hot ashes and is the origin of pumpkin pie.
Native Americans flattened strips of pumpkins, dried them and made mats out of them
A very moist, sweet cookie that your kids will love. If you love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies as much as I do you will love these.
- 1 can of pumpkin
- 1 c sugar
- 1/4 c brown sugar
- 1 egg. beaten
- 1 1/2c butter soften
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 3 c whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 c rolled oats
- 1 c white flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 c milk chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Cream butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together in a bowl.
Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla extract; beat until smooth.
Shift all dry ingredients to gather in a bowl
add the wet to the drat and mix well
Stir in oatmeal ,and chocolate chips you may also add nuts at this point if you would like.
Drop heaping spoonfuls onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake 10-12 minutes. and the edges of each cookie are lightly browned
Pumpkins contain beta carotene which helps to reduce certain types of cancer and lowers the risk of heart disease.
Pumpkin seeds help to reduce the risk of prostrate cancer, and may help you lose weight
one cup of pumpkin puree:
Carbohydrates: 12 gram (3 g fiber, 2g sugar)
Potassium: 588 milligrams
Protein: 2 grams
Vitamin A: 45% of RDA
Vitamin C: 19% of RDA
Calcium: 4% of RDA
Iron 8% RDA
Pumpkin is a a good source of Vitamin E , Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Foliate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.
Pumpkin also has antioxidants like leutin, xanthins and carotenes.
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