When I was growing up, we had this step-by-step cookbook that I loved to look at. By the time I was 8 or 9 years old, I was teaching myself how to cook. I was an avid reader anyway, and cookbooks were as intriguing to me as The Baby-Sitters Club series. I devoured both as quickly as I could. One of our favorite recipes was for Oatmeal Molasses Cookies. That cookbook, sadly, is long gone, as is that recipe. But the memory of those cookies remains. They were my grandfather’s favorite cookies, so we made them often. I haven’t found that recipe anywhere, though I’ve looked and looked. So I started experimenting to see if I could recreate it. Now, I’m these Pumpkin Oatmeal Molasses Cookies are not a recreation of that recipe by any means. They are completely different. However, these cookies were a happy accident that I came up with one night after my kids had gone to sleep. I remembered those cookies from my childhood and the soft, cakey pumpkin cookies my mom made every fall, and I decided to combine the two. And that’s how these cookies came to be. Right now they are the favorite fall cookie. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve made them already!