Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

If you don’t have a personal cookie advisor, I highly recommend seeking out the service. I baked these Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with Maple Frosting in honor of mine.

Soft and CHEWY Maple Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies. Healthy recipe made with maple syrup, coconut oil, and whole grains. Easy and filled with warm spices and big pumpkin flavor! Recipe at wellplated.com

Chewy at the edges, soft in the center, and filled with warm layers of spice, this delectable fall dessert is in honor of my personal cookie whisperer, my younger sister, Elaine.

Elaine has baked more batches of oatmeal cookies than anyone I know, constantly leads me to the best cookie spots in her hometown of Kansas City (if you haven’t had the sugar cookie at The Mixx yet, YOU MUST), and like all the greats of their craft, does not hesitate to point out a particular cookie’s shortcomings. When Elaine approves of one of my cookie recipes from my blog, I know it is a keeper.

Of course, I value Elaine’s opinion on far more than simply a fresh batch of Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies. As we’ve grown older, my view of our relationship has shifted from seeing her as my “little sister” to considering her a peer. A much cooler, younger peer. Elaine is one of the first people I call when I need an honest opinion, a laugh, or any sort of fashion consultation.

A recipe for Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies feels especially appropriate today because in fewer than 24 hours, I’ll be standing up beside the cookie expert herself on her wedding day. Tomorrow my not-so-baby baby sis is getting hitched!

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