Last Sunday, I took a ride to Princeton to visit an old friend with a new baby. It was an exquisite fall day — warm in the sun, cool in the shade, and changing foliage everywhere you looked. So after lunch, we packed up the littlest member of the family for a stroll into town.
Headed for a walk around the Princeton University campus, we couldn’t make it through Palmer Square without a stop at The Bent Spoon. Well-known for its delicious ice cream and sorbet,
and, yes, cupcakes,
it was no surprise that it was packed on a Sunday afternoon.
The bourbon vanilla ice cream with sea salt caramel was worth the wait, but too good to pause for a “before” picture!
With a little sugar buzz to spur us on, we made our way to campus. Founded before the American Revolution, the historic buildings
(Whig Hall: Nation’s Oldest Political, Literary, and Debate Society)
and stunning architecture
were a gorgeous contrast for the changing leaves.
And we weren’t the only ones who thought it was a picture perfect place to spend an afternoon!
I left Princeton feeling inspired by fall and wanting to bake something simple enough for a busy working mom with two kids and two cats to fill a new home’s kitchen with the smell of something sweet — Pumpkin Oatmeal Raisin Cookies!
This recipe was modified from Very Best Baking.
Yield: 54 cookies
- 2 cups flour
- 1 1/3 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease cookie sheets.
Combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Beat butter, brown sugar, and sugar in a stand mixer until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla extract and mix well. Add flour mixture, half at a time, and mix well. Fold in raisins.
Drop by rounded tablespoons onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake until cookies are lightly browned and set, approximately 15 minutes. Cool on cookie sheets for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
DISTANCE TRAVELED FROM PHILADELPHIA TO PRINCETON: 47 miles