Pass over Pumpkin Pie for These Pumpkin Cookies
Pumpkin pie is an iconic, revered holiday tradition, heavily consumed on Thanksgiving. Nestle, the owner of Libby’s pumpkin, has estimated 50 million Thanksgiving pumpkin pies are consumed annually. Pumpkin pie’s power even extends beyond Turkey Day, immortalized as a dessert choice is Leroy Anderson and Mitchell Parish’s holiday hit, “Sleigh Ride” when it is passed around with the coffee.
But what about pumpkin beyond pie, like the scrumptious plate of cookies above, or the health benefits of pumpkin? The fact is, pumpkin can be oh so much more than pie — even the canned variety. As long as you select 100 percent pure pumpkin, there should not be any extra ingredients in you can of pumpkin. When selecting canned pumpkin, check the use-by date, and do not purchase cans that have been dented.
Registered dietitian Katherine Zeratsky says that canned pumpkin contain nutrients just like fresh, including iron, potassium, and vitamin A. Pumpkin is an excellent beta-carotene source, and a diet that includes beta-carotene may help prevent certain kinds of cancer. The compound may even be capable of positively influencing eye health and vision. So add a bit of variety to your next holiday gathering with the following recipe chewy, thick, pumpkin cookies.