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These fun pumpkin, oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies are a Halloween tradition in my family. We shape them like pumpkins and decorate them like jack-o-lanterns with candy faces!
These cookies are delicious on their own. They are loaded with pumpkin, oatmeal and chocolate chips. They have a nice chew and the icing almost makes them taste like an oatmeal cream pie. But what really makes them cute are the candy faces!
I have made them as drop cookies before and covered them with a bit of cream cheese frosting and they were delicious that way as well, but there is just something about a candy face that makes them even better!
I first shared this on the blog in 2015. But I thought I would bring it back to the front to remind you about how wonderful they are. Plus that gave Little Dude and I a fun project to work on a few days ago.
So without further ado, I will let you read the original post from a few years ago:
Happy birthday MiMi! Don’t tell anyone, but it is MiMi’s birthday today!
In honor of her special day, I thought I would share a recipe that she has been making for most of my life. It is definitely a family favorite that is full of memories.
These cookies are a Halloween staple in our family. MiMi has made these cookies almost every year since 1984!
It was the dark ages. A time before Pinterest and blogs and people found ideas for new recipes in newspapers.
That is exactly where this is from. She still has the newspaper page with this and a few other recipes on it. Now it wouldn’t be October without them!
We thought Little Dude would have fun putting candy on the pumpkins. He did have fun, but most of the candy went into his mouth!
I suppose all of those grand ideas of my kid always eating healthy and not having junk are shot. At least he eats well most of the time!
You can let your imaginations run wild on the decorations. They don’t always have to make sense, they just have to taste good!
I have to say even 3 years later, the nostalgia for these cookies is strong. Little Dude and I had a blast decorating them. We still ate some candy along the way, but this time he was really enjoying doing the piping as well.
Of course one of his pumpkins got a little out of control with a huge mound of frosting and lots of candy. He was really looking forward to eating it, even if it took him three sitting to get through it!
I definitely recommend making these cookies on the bigger side, it gives you more room to decorate and have fun. If you want smaller cookies, be sure to buy mini candies and chocolate chips so you can get a face on there!
More fun Halloween recipes:
Ghosts in the Graveyard Trifle is a fun mix of chocolate cake, pudding, white chocolate bones, chocolate dirt and spooky ghosts. It is truly a spooky Halloween dessert and a delight for your taste buds!
Shrimp on the Brain Dip is a fun cracker spread that looks like a brain and tastes like a million bucks. The creamy shrimp base and cocktail sauce blood are a site to behold for sure!
Pumpkin Patch Dirt Pudding Cups are perfect for a classroom treat, picnic, pumpkin carving party and more. The fun dirt pudding cups are dressed up for a trip to the pumpkin patch and there is a cute free printable included!
Skillet Monster Cookie is a giant monster cookie baked in a cast iron skillet. Too make it spookier it topped with fudge icing and a sweet spider!
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