Pumpkin Trail Mix Cookies

As a baker studying nutrition, the ultimate goal is to make desserts that are delicious but good for you.

If you like to be blissfully unaware or are someone who refuses to eat any dessert that is healthy, stop reading. Now. And just make these.

But, if you are trying to be healthy, especially with the holidays coming up, these cookies are for you. They are whole wheat, have half the sugar, and contain egg yolks [read: no cholesterol], dark chocolate [read: antioxidants] and dried cranberries [read: fruit].

These cookies are dessert with very little guilt. Bring these to Thanksgiving dinner and see who complains. Uh.. no one.

Pumpkin Trail Mix Cookies
Adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod

3/4 c whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of apple pie spice
Pinch of salt
1/4 c sugar
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 c butter, at room temperature
1/4 c brown sugar
1/2 c pumpkin puree
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 c old fashioned oats
1/2 c dark chocolate chips
1/2 c dried cranberries

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Combine flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, apple pie spice, salt and sugar in a bowl.
3. Combine butter, pumpkin, and brown sugar in a separate bowl. Add egg yogurt and vanilla extract.
4. Gradually add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture.
5. Stir in oats, chocolate and dried cranberries.
6. Roll into balls and place on sprayed cookie sheet. Bake 20 minutes.

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