Rio Blanco County residents are sure that fall is here. It is chilly in the early mornings and warm after lunch time. As you drive through Rangley and Meeker you will notice that the leaves are starting to change as well. What do you think of when you think of fall? Besides the change in weather are there are sights, smells and experiences that bring you right back to that season?
When fall is mentioned one of the first things many people think of are pumpkins. Pumpkins for Halloween, pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, pumpkin decorations all around town, the list could go on and on. The most common food pumpkin is used in is probably pumpkin pie, but have you ever used it in other treats?
With school in session parents and kids spend less time together then they could during the summer months. When quantity is reduced it is important to concentrate on quality. Finding things that you can do together as a family is a wonderful idea and one of the most fun family activities is cooking together.
Here is a fun and yummy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe that you can make with your kids and the whole family can enjoy eating for a treat this season.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Cream 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup margarine or butter, and 1 egg together.
- Sift together 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
- Add the sifted ingredients to the creamed ingredients by adding some of the sifted ingredients, then some of 1 cup cooked or canned pumpkin, then more sifted, then more pumpkin until all is stirred together.
- Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 cup chocolate chips and 1 cup nuts(optional).
- Drop teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet.
- Bake in 350 degree oven about 10 through 12 minutes or until done.
Have your kids help with the measuring to help their math skills. When the cookies are done you can either eat them the way they are or add your favorite icing to the top. These cookies are great to enjoy at home, share with friends, or share with your child’s school for their Halloween party. If you are taking them to the Halloween party be sure to make them without nuts as the schools have gone nut free this year. All of these ingredients and more can be found at Watts Ranch Market in Meeker, White River Market in Rangely, or any of your favorite grocery stores on the outskirts of Rio Blanco County.