Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Everyone likes these cookies.  And with the pumpkin/spice flavor, they're perfect for the holidays.  These cookies were something I experimented with last year, and they worked out wonderfully.

The original recipe is here.



1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 cups (12-ounce bag) milk chocolate chips, not semisweet
Nonstick cooking spray or parchment paper


Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cookie sheets with nonstick spray or line them with parchment paper.

Using a mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Beat in the white and brown sugars, a little at a time, until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time, then mix in the vanilla and pumpkin puree. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Slowly beat the flour mixture into the batter in thirds. Stir in the chips. Scoop the cookie dough by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared cookie sheets and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cookies are browned around the edges. Remove the cookie sheets from the oven and let them rest for 2 minutes. Take the cookies off with a spatula and cool them on wire racks.

Makes 60 cookies!


I use pumpkin pie spice instead of the individual spices.  I make sure to add enough so I can taste it.  When you put the spices in, give the dough a quick taste to see if you may need more.  I like really spicey pumpkin dishes and these cookies are no exception.

Also, I'm not sure why they specifically say NOT to use semi sweet chocolate over the milk chocolate.  I used an even mix of both.  I think it adds a little more depth.  And I just like it that way :)

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