ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Pumpkin Spice and Walnut cookies

Updated on September 11, 2014
Pumpkin spice and walnut cookies with fresh pumpkin
Pumpkin spice and walnut cookies with fresh pumpkin

Rate these cookies

5 stars from 1 rating of Pumpkin spice and walnut cookies

Why this recipe

So I've done searches for pumpkin spice cookies a few times. The American use of pumpkin as more of a dessert thing rather than a savoury vegetable thing is intriguing to me as an Aussie without much experience of it. I like the way it is closely linked with Autumn and cosy things like fires and spiced mead. But one thing which always bothers me a bit is every recipe I've looked at lists canned pumpkin pie filling or puree as the pumpkin ingredient. Now in a warm climate like ours pumpkins are super easy to grow and keep for ages, and making your own pumpkin puree is as simple as chopping a bit up, zapping it in the microwave for a few minutes and then blending it in the food processor with some spices. So I wanted to share a recipe which did that, and add a twist with the inclusion of ground walnuts which I expected to a) add a great nutty flavour and crunchy texture and b) make the cookies just a tiny bit more healthy by adding protein and a low GI, cholesterol-lowering ingredient (Ma et al., 2010; Maguire, O'Sullivan, Galvin, O'Connor, & O'Brien, 2004; Tapsell et al., 2004).

A batch of cookies only requires a small slice of pumpkin - plenty left for a soup or roast!
A batch of cookies only requires a small slice of pumpkin - plenty left for a soup or roast!
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 20 medium size cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups diced pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, to grind
  • 2 tblsp golden syrup
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1.5 tblsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tblsp mixed spice
  • 20 walnuts, to garnish
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 tsp coffee

Method

  1. Dice pumpkin and place in a microwavable bowl, then microwave for 5 min or until soft. Place in food processor or blender and pulp.
  2. Add spices to pumpkin mixture and blend until combined. Place in a bowl and clean blender.
  3. Place walnuts in blender and grind until they form a fine powder, then mix through spiced pumpkin.
  4. Add sugar, golden syrup, coffee and oil and mix well.
  5. Add flour until dough is firm enough to form into balls with floured hands.
  6. Cover a baking tray with baking paper. Make balls of the mixture and flatten on the tray by placing a walnut on the top of the ball and squashing it down
  7. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius until edges are golden. Allow to cool a little until slightly crisp. Enjoy with tea, coffee or milk!

Ideas for adaptions

I think you could increase the coffee flavour in cookies like these without detracting from the pumpkin or walnut (walnuts and coffee are a great taste too). Some ideas I think would work:

  • Add more coffee and a little less pumpkin, for a more coffee-orientated cookie, or add some coffee essence to avoid using less wet pumpkin
  • Try adding orange flavour instead of coffee and walnut for extra sweetness and zing - some zest and juice would give the recipe a twist
  • Change the type of nuts included - this may make them less healthy if you choose a high cholesterol nut like peanuts but would make for some interesting new flavours
  • Try a super healthy version with pumpkin seeds added as well as walnuts
  • Add poppy seeds or change the focus of the spices by using more savoury spices such as ginger, paprika, or tumeric


Finished cookies taste great with hot drinks or milk.
Finished cookies taste great with hot drinks or milk.

References

Ma, Yingying, Njike, Valentine Yanchou, Millet, John , Dutta, Suparna , Doughty, Kim , Treu, Judith A., & Katz, David L. . (2010). Effects of Walnut Consumption on Endothelial Function in Type 2 Diabetic Subjects. Diabetes Care, 33, 227-232.

Maguire, L. S., O'Sullivan, S. M., Galvin, K., O'Connor, T. P., & O'Brien, N. M. (2004). Fatty acid profile, tocopherol, squalene and phytosterol content of walnuts, almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts and the macadamia nut. Int J Food Sci Nutr, 55(3), 171-178. doi: 10.1080/09637480410001725175

Tapsell, L. C., Gillen, L. J., Patch, C. S., Batterham, M., Owen, A., Bare, M., & Kennedy, M. (2004). Including walnuts in a low-fat/modified-fat diet improves HDL cholesterol-to-total cholesterol ratios in patients with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care, 27(12), 2777-2783.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • PhDancer profile imageAUTHOR

      Sarah Fletcher 

      4 years ago from Adelaide

      Glad they interest you and hope yours turn out delicious!

    • Claudia Tello profile image

      Claudia Tello 

      4 years ago from Mexico

      What a great idea, I love pumpkin, I love walnuts and I love cookies, I´ll sure try them out this pumpkin season.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)