Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Can we say YUM?!?

Finally it has started cooling down and feeling more like fall.  And what better way to honor the wonderful cool weather that God blessed us with than something that literally tastes and smells like Fall.

This is a great recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.  And if you've never tried pumpkin and chocolate together then you are missing out.  I never even liked the taste or flavor of pumpkin until I tried it mixed with chocolate.  Then suddenly it was like "WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN MY WHOLE LIFE?"

Tonight while I struggled making a cushion for my sons rocking chair (a chair that used to be mine when I was little) my husband attempted to keep our son busy with making one of our favorite cookie recipes.  It didn't work by the way.  The distraction, not the recipe ;). 

So here it is, our recipe for delicious Pumpkin Cookies:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 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 semisweet chocolate chips 
        *You can also add in oatmeal or pecans to give the cookies another dimension of flavor.

Directions

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.


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 and powder, 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.



The last one is my husbands attempt at being creative, it's a Pumpkin.  Can you tell?

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