Baking with Pumpkin Spice Bark
Posted on 24 October 2016
There is a lot to love about Fall. The crisp autumn air. Changing leaves. Scarves and boots.
But my personal favorite thing about Fall is baking. I relish the opportunity to preheat the oven, get out my pie plates and cookie sheets, and start making goodies that will fill my home with tantalizing aromas. Yes, I know you can bake all year round. But for me there is something special about baking in the Fall. And I don’t hesitate to don my cutest apron and get whisking.
If you haven’t already heard, Ococoa recently introduced its newest confection: Pumpkin Spice Bark. Diana candied some pumpkin seeds, added a bit of pumpkin pie spice, and sprinkled them over a layer of dark milk chocolate. And that’s all it took for me to become obsessed. I share some with everyone I hang out with!
Two weeks after we launched the Pumpkin Spice Bark, Diana had the genius idea to incorporate my new favorite treat into my favorite Fall pastime: I should make cookies that feature pieces of the bark. But which cookie recipe to use…? Easy. Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies. And in particular, this recipe I discovered last year from the amazing folks over at The Kitchn.
The recipe calls for 1 cup of chocolate chips. Boring. I subbed in a cup of Pumpkin Spice Bark, broken up into morsel-sized pieces. Perfection. And incredibly easy, too!
I’ll spare you all the details of my baking process and cut right to the finale. The cookies were moist and chewy, and tasted like taking a bite out of Autumn.The pumpkin flavor was balanced by the dark chocolate and sat happily alongside the sweet oatmeal foundation, all of which was accentuated by the crunch of the pumpkin seeds. The cookies were even better the next morning alongside a cup of coffee. And after lunch. And as a pre-dinner appetizer. And as dessert the next night with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. And… well, you get the picture.
I encourage you to try it out, before our Pumpkin Spice Bark must surrender its seasonal spotlight by the arrival of Winter. I would ask that you save me a cookie or two, but I know from experience that they won’t last long at all. Enjoy!