Pumpkin seed raisin cookies

Easy cookie recipe using favorite Mexican pumpkin seeds

We always try to be good in making our food choices, but there is often that little voice in the back saying, “Cookies, cookies, cookies.” This little voice is soft, but insistent, and continues until I finally make … Pumpkin Seed Cookies.

But these are good for us. Whole wheat flour, very little sugar, pumpkin seeds and raisins. An egg from a hen who knows what grass feels like under her feet as she chases a bug. Soft, chewy and not too sweet. The cookie, that is, not the bug. If you have a strong sweet tooth, these probably aren’t sweet enough for you, but you can always quadruple the sugar. Or make Toll House Cookies.

Pumpkin Seed Cookies makes 16

  • 1 3/4 cup (7 oz./200 grams) whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons (1.5 oz./42 grams) raw sugar or brown sugar, plus more for flattening the cookies
  • 3 oz. (85 grams) pumpkin seeds
  • 3 oz. (85 grams) raisins
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml.) avocado oil, or any mild oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup (59 ml./60 grams) milk
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 deg. F. (180 C.). Read through recipe. Assemble and measure or weigh ingredients.
  2. Stir dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Blend wet ingredients in a smaller bowl.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry, stirring by hand until everything is evenly mixed.
  5. Roll a large tablespoonful of dough between palms of hands briefly. Don’t worry about making perfect balls. Place on oiled cookie sheet. Dip a jar or glass with a flat bottom into raw sugar and flatten ball of dough. Bake 15-20 minutes.
  6. Cool on cake rack. Eat without guilt.

These cookies are sturdy, make no mistake. Perhaps I should call them good-for-you food discs. I offered Russ a plate of cookies, and I thought he would ask me if I had forgotten to add the sugar. Instead he said to take the plate away before he ate them all. He ate eight pumpkin seed cookies in one fell swoop.

Notes:

To spray PAM or other pan spray on a cookie sheet or cake pan, open the door to your dishwasher and place the pan on it. Any over-spray will be on the inside of the door, not on your counter, and will wash away the next time you run the dishwasher.

There is no need to wash the rack used for cooling cakes and cookies with soap and water. Just wipe it clean with a paper towel so that it retains a film of oil to rusting.

Pumpkin seeds, known as pepitas in Spanish, are a common snack in Mexico and found in almost every store. Ground, they are used to thicken and season sauces, the most famous being Pipián Sauce.

Squash ( including pumpkins ) are one of the earliest foods in Mexico, consumed since the time of the Aztecs, and are one of the earliest plants domesticated in the New World.

More Reading:

Pepita Wikipedia

Pumpkin Seed Nutrition The World’s Healthiest Foods

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