Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have to make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies at least once twice every fall. Last year Nathan loved them so much he would cry every time I gave a bag of these away to friends, but with a recipe that makes 5 dozen there were always plenty to go around!

I have cut the recipe in half since then, so now the yield is about 2 1/2 dozen, but it is easily doubled if you need plenty of cookies! You can use whatever kind of baking chip you want, I personally prefer using chocolate chunks or semi-sweet chocolate chips. Today I tried white chocolate chips and they were good too!

This recipe is adapted from one I found by George Duran on the food network website.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

printable recipe 

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (add a couple of extra tablespoons if high altitude)
1 tsp baking soda (use a scant teaspoon if high altitude)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 cup (6 oz) chocolate chips (semi-sweet, milk chocolate, white chocolate, or chocolate chunks)
Nonstick cooking spray or parchment paper

Heat the oven to 350F. 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 egg 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.

Fold in the chips.

Place the cookie dough by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared cookie sheets. 

Bake 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 or a sheet of foil.

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