With the first official day of fall later this week, it has truly gotten impossible to escape what’s been dubbed “PSL Season.” Pumpkin spice is seemingly EVERYWHERE , with the famed Starbucks latte in the forefront. I recently learned that, on average, Americans purchased only one PSL per season.
Have I tried a PSL? Of course. I however am a (perhaps boring) coffee purist and very rarely deviate from black dark roast. However, I do not believe this means I should be left out of this omnipresent cultural dialogue…PSL for all!
That lead me to this recipe. I know some of us could use a little added caffeine in our breakfast routines. These are convenient to pack for an afternoon snack as well, and are sweet enough for dessert. As you can see in the pictures, I took the dessert approach in this post by creating cookie sandwiches with the caramel from my recent donut recipe.
The most devout could even try dunking these sandwiches INTO a real PSL, for what I’m sure would be a transcendent experience. They’re just as tasty on their own though 😉
This recipe is vegan and can be made oil free! Serves about 15 small cookies, or 10 large ones (for five sandwiches). Inspired by Amy’s Healthy Baking.
- 1 cup oat flour
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour or gf substitute (like more oat flour)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/8 tsp cloves (optional)
- 1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 2 TBS oil or applesauce
- 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
- 2 tsp instant coffee*
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- Additional add-ins: walnuts, pecans, shredded coconut, or raisins
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
- Combine oat flour, wheat flour, spices, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
- In a smaller bowl, combine oil/applesauce, pumpkin, coffee, vanilla and maple syrup. Stir until coffee dissolves.
- Add wet ingredients to dry and combine until just incorporated.
- If you’d like, add in 1/4 cup nuts and 1/3 cup raisins. These additions make for a heartier and more filling breakfast!
- Using a TBS measure, drop 15 cookies onto prepared sheet. They won’t spread while baking, so be sure to tamp cookies down slightly with your spatula. Bake for 10 minutes.
- Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 15 minutes, and if you’d like to make sandwiches, check out the salted caramel recipe here!
*You can use regular coffee grounds here as well, but they will lead to slightly more grainy cookies.