FearLESS Friday #14: More Playgroup Snacks and Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cookie Recipe

I am just like everyone else. I. love. cookies.

Autumn always brings with it oodles of pumpkin recipes. So naturally I needed to bake some delicious pumpkin cookies.  The only problem was that most of them include some kind of spice cake mix. After investigating the ingredients in a Betty Crocker Spice Cake Mix, I learned that I was better off making it from scratch. Thank you October Unprocessed for giving me a nice dose of common sense and real food literacy. I can still remember the first cake I made without a box. I seriously thought I was performing a feat of wonder.

I used a recipe from the Clean Eating Diet blog as a place to start. Here’s the recipe I used to make something special for the Playgroup this week:

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: approx 48 cookies

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cookies

These autumn cookies are moist and completely addicting. A great way to introduce whole grains to your kiddos or neighbors.


  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups honey, brown sugar, or agave
  • 2 1/4 cups canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In your favorite mixing bowl beat wet ingredients and spices together. Fold in flour and baking soda. Mix until all ingredients are moist. If the batter seems dry, add a few tablespoons of milk. Finally, fold in chocolate chips.
  • Drop by the tablespoon onto a cookie sheet. You should be able to easily fit 12 cookies on each sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool on a cooling rack and serve with a smile - you are using whole grains!

It is always a bit nerve-wracking to serve an experimental recipe to a giant group of kids. For the playgroup this week I brought these cookies and sliced apples, red bell peppers, and grapes.  I was so happy that all of the fruit and veggies were gone! However, three cookies remained which I quickly distributed to other moms for taste approval. I made sure they all knew they were whole grains.

Have you ever altered a recipe to make it healthier and tastier? Let us know about it in a comment below or on the Don’t Panic Mom Facebook Page.


1 Comment

  1. Carole says:

    Hi there, I am collecting pumpkin recipes at the moment. This looks like a nice healthy one. Please do drop me a line on ca4ole@gmail.com if you are ok with me linking to your post in my blog (Carole’s Chatter). Cheers

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