Journeys of Dr. G at Tyler Arboretum

The sabbatical project continues, exploring all that Tyler Arboretum has to offer

Pumpkin Cookies for Pumpkin Days

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I spent this morning not “at” Tyler Arboretum, but instead doing something “for” Tyler Arboretum – baking cookies for this weekend’s Pumpkin Days celebration!  Pumpkin Days is the largest event Tyler hosts each year and is filled with everything from hayrides to scarecrow making to pumpkin painting.  With the beautiful weather forecast for this weekend, I can’t wait to spend the time outdoors in such a beautiful setting, volunteering my time at the event as well (Why not join me???  You can volunteer for a half day on Saturday or Sunday, and then spend the other half of the day taking in the festivities – sign up today!).

But back to the cookies… at Pumpkin Days, Tyler has a bake sale!

This is our biggest event of the year, and revenue from delicious bake sale donations helps support Tyler’s gardens, natural areas and educational programs. Cookies, brownies, cakes, breads and cupcakes are all needed and pumpkin-themed treats are especially popular.

With the “call to bake,” I started looking for an appropriate-themed dessert, and while digging through my recipes, I came across the perfect recipe from – believe it or not – my Junior High School days!  Yes, I kept all of the recipes from my home economics classes in the 7th and 8th grade from Plainville Junior High School in Plainville, Connecticut.  I’m sharing this simple recipe here for you to try yourself (especially if you end up purchasing my cookies at Pumpkin Days and want to make them for yourself!).  This recipe is quick, simple, and a great way to involve family members in the baking process.

Pumpkin Cookies

DSCN25482 Tbsp. shortening
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 beaten egg
1/4 cup pumpkin
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
dash ginger

Cream shortening and sugar.  Add egg.  Add pumpkin, mix well.  Gradually stir in flour, salt, spices, and baking powder.  Mix until smooth.  Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.  Yield: one dozen.

(I actually quadrupled the recipe and hoped to get four dozen, but my yield was only three dozen.)

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Check it out – Dr. G’s most awesome pumpkin cookies!

Note that YOU can still bake something and drop it off at Tyler today (Thursday) and Friday! Learn more about contributing your baked goods here.

See you (and/or your baked goods) at Pumpkin Days!

Author: Dr. G

Dr. Laura Guertin, Professor of Earth Science, Penn State Brandywine. Learn more at http://about.me/drlauraguertin

3 thoughts on “Pumpkin Cookies for Pumpkin Days

  1. Many thanks Dr. G! Pumpkin baked goods are a hot seller so I am sure your cookies with be snapped up. We greatly appreciate our bakers – this area are of Pumpkin Days contributes significantly to our fundraising efforts. See you this weekend….

  2. Laura, I mentioned to you at the Volunteer Appreciation party that I always read your Tyler blog. I was excited by your pumpkin cookie recipe – but I didn’t see the flour amount in the recipe. Was I missing it or is it not there?

    Alison

    Alison Dame

    Plant Recorder

    Tyler Arboretum

    515 Painter Road

    Media, PA 19063

    Phone: 610-566-9134 x221

    Email: adame@tylerarboretum.org

    Office Hours: Tues and Thurs, 7:30 am – 3:30 pm

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    From: Journeys of Dr. G at Tyler Arboretum [mailto:comment-reply@wordpress.com] Sent: Thursday, October 17, 2013 11:36 AM To: Alison Dame Subject: [New post] Pumpkin Cookies for Pumpkin Days

    Dr. G posted: “I spent this morning not “at” Tyler Arboretum, but instead doing something “for” Tyler Arboretum – baking cookies for this weekend’s Pumpkin Days celebration! Pumpkin Days is the largest event Tyler hosts each year and is filled with everything from hayr”

    • Hi Alison – I’m so sorry I left that out (and it’s a pretty important part of the recipe, too!). It calls for 1/2 cup flour, and I will go back and edit the recipe. Thanks for pointing that out. If you make the cookies, let me know how they turn out! — Laura

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