These vegan peanut butter pumpkin cookies combine two of my favorite things to eat in the fall – pumpkin (obviously) and peanut butter (that one I love year round though). Who could resist the delicious fall flavor of pumpkin combined with the rich decadence of peanut butter, all whipped up into a warm, soft cookie? Not me!
I love pumpkin, especially in desserts, but for some reason I tend to forget about it after the holidays.
Now that I have the recipe for these yummy Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cookies, I’ll have a reason to enjoy the delicious pumpkin flavor any time of the year. Gotta love that canned pumpkin puree!
Here’s how the recipe for these cookies was created. Some time ago, I stumbled upon this recipe for Exotic Spice Cookies from Figgy and Sprout blog.
I made them a couple times with some substitutions, mainly skipping the added oil and replacing it with unsweetened applesauce, and using brown sugar instead of coconut sugar. They came out very tasty, at least for my Indian spice-loving palate.
Last week, when I was putting together our menu for vegan Thanksgiving dishes, I realized that there wasn’t going to be anything with pumpkin on our table.
Feeling adventurous, I decided to take the recipe for the Exotic Spice Cookies and reinvent it with pumpkin instead of oil or applesauce, switch cardamom for a pumpkin pie spice combo, and omit oil again.
I used a generous helping of my homemade chunky peanut butter, and it made a big difference: the little peanut chunks tasted crunchy and delicious!
As you bite into these Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cookies, you’ll notice how soft they are inside, with almost a cake-like consistency.
The flavor is rich, but not too sweet, so they go very well without any mix-ins like chocolate chips or dried fruit.
These cookies turned out to be a big success at our friends’ house where we had our Thanksgiving party.
Our friends aren’t vegan, so these were the first vegan cookies they’ve ever tried. Our friends’ feedback and the speed with which the cookies disappeared all concluded: these are delicious!
Another delicious, oil-free pumpkin recipe that I shared some time ago: this Pumpkin-Walnut Bread.
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Have you tried other vegan cookie recipes with pumpkin? How did they come out? Please share your thoughts below!
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