Sunday, October 07, 2012

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies 10-6-12

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s that time of year.  I know, I’ve already started plugging holiday baking, but the time of year I’m referring to right now is autumn!  Probably nothing says crisp, fall weather like pumpkin!  Kevin’s birthday was on Friday.   He went on a scout overnight camp out with Parker on Friday, so we didn’t do much for his birthday then.  Kevin and I were able to go to brunch.  Today, Sunday, we are having his special dinner (steak) and some family over for desserts. 

I’ve made Kevin his “usual” plain cheesecake, which he seems to want every year and just likes having canned cherry pie filling on the top.  I’ve made a spiced applesauce cake (stay tuned for a post about that soon!) and because these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are one of Kevin’s favorite cookies, I made some yesterday.  Though they aren’t my favorite cookies in looks and I always think I don’t like them THAT much, they are very good and I end up snitching more of them than I think I will.  While making the cookies, I had just taken the first batch off the baking sheets, left the kitchen for a second and came back to this—one was missing.  No, it wasn’t me—it was Kevin. ;)

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies 10-6-12

These ARE the best pumpkin chocolate chip cookies I’ve made or eaten.  I've tried a number of recipes and always come back to this one.  I blogged about them years ago, but back then I used to put 3-4 recipes on one post, so I decided these needed to be posted again and have their own place on my blog. ;)  I mention in that post of long ago that I got this recipe oh, about 20 years ago, from a neighbor in the apartment complex I lived in at BYU.  Loved this gal, Kathy Merrill (maiden name, she’s married now).  Kathy was always happy, fun and funny.  She called these “Punkin” Cookies.  To this day, I still call them and just about everything else with pumpkin “punkin”.  I don’t know if these are the same or similar to the ones everyone makes this time of year, but of all the recipes I’ve tried, these are always the best.  So here’s the recipe you’ll want for your files.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, adapted by Katrina, Baking and Boys! from Kathy’s Punkin Cookies

3/4 cup granulated sugar*

3/4 cup light brown sugar*

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1  1/2 cups pumpkin puree

3 large eggs

3 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2-3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoons cloves

2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

In the bowl of a mixer, cream together the butter and sugars.  Scrape sides of bowl.  Add the eggs and mix until well combined.  Beat in the pumpkin puree.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, spices, salt and baking soda and whisk together.  With the mixer on low, beat in the dry ingredients.  Stir in the chocolate chips. 

Put cookies on baking sheets using a cookie scoop, spaced about 2 inches apart.  Bake for 12 minutes.  Remove from oven and let sit on baking sheet for a couple minutes.  Then move them to a wire rack to cool.  Makes 48 cookies!

*If you look back and the original recipe I posted, that recipe has 1 cup of both sugars, but I lowered it for these and you can’t tell and they are great!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies 10-6-12

I always think I don’t really like cakey cookies, but these are the exception.  They really are good!  Try them.


Shelby said...

I made Pumpkin cookies too! Mine don't have chocolate chips in them though. I frosted them and decorated with some halloween colors as part of my care package I'm shipping to Christopher :)

BTW, Grumpy would do the same thing Kevin did. :) Have a great family evening!

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