Skip to main content

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

What is it about Fall that makes me want to bake like there's no tomorrow?  One of my favorite Fall baking items is the almighty, versatile Pumpkin. Ah Pumpkin. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin brownies, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin cake, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin biscuits, pumpkin scones, pumpkin muffins, and of course, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

I've tried many, many recipes for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies over the years and didn't really love any of them. They were either too bland, too dry, too soggy, too cake-y, too gummy, or too crumbly. So this year, I've pondered, studied, and experimented, and have developed the best recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies I've ever made. At least so far.These cookies are moist, but not too moist, somewhat cake-y but not overly so, and flavorful, but not too flavorful.
Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever!

The Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes about 32 cookies

3 C. bread flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 t ginger
1/4 t cloves (optional)
1 C. brown sugar
1 C. granulated sugar
1 C. vegetable oil
3 C. cold pumpkin (put in the fridge the night before)
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
2 - 2 1/2 C. chocolate chips (You could also add half white chips or butterscotch chips.)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk flour, salt, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, ginger and cloves together and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk both sugars and oil together. Add the pumpkin and whisk thoroughly. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk.
  4. Add flour mixture to wet mixture and stir well.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Using a #20 cookie scoop (3 Tbs) drop cookies onto sprayed cookies sheets, about an inch apart. Bake for 14-16 minutes---until a toothpick inserted into the center of  a cookie comes out clean. Keep the dough in the refrigerator between batches to keep it cold.

Popular posts from this blog

Why Do We Take Sports So Seriously?

I wouldn't have ever been picked to be “Sporty Spice.” I'd probably get picked as the "Likes Stuffed Animals Too Much Spice." Point being, I wasn't much of a sports player or sports fan growing up. I spent most of my days cataloging my stuffed animals' life experiences in a notebook and stirring up self-directed trouble in the neighborhood.
In an ironic twist, in addition to their love of stuffed animals (thanks to me), my boys love sports. Four years ago I'd never heard of "Comp” Sports. Now, most of my time is spent practicing, playing, or talking about them---oh and let’s not forget paying for them.

15 years ago if someone told me I’d be a “baseball mom” who spent every weekend and weekday shuffling her kids to practices and games, I’d call them bat-crap crazy. (*Sigh* the things we’ll do for our kids…am I right?) 
Since my kids started playing sports, I’ve seen and heard a lot of things that made me question the inherent goodness of the average…

Rock, Paper, Scissors, Pencil

Okay, so I didn't succeed in stopping the Kaysville cannon this year. But next year will be different. Next year, I'm actually going to try. I'll keep you posted.

On to a different subject, which is somewhat related to the previous topic since both involve me improving the world. I'm looking to renew my childhood dream of adding pencil to the rock, paper, scissors game. I added it many, many years ago, and was able to successfully convert my next-door neighbor, so I'm pretty sure now that I'm all grown up and wiser and what not, that I'll have no problem convincing the rest of you to add it.

Instead of saying "Rock, Paper, Scissors" you will say "Rock, Paper, Scissors, Pencil." Okay, see now, it's a subtle but significant difference. There are four elements instead of three. It might seem a bit tricky at first, but you'll get the hang of it, and then you will never want to go back to the original version.

The rules are as follow…

How Much Should You Tip A Balloon Artist?

When did balloon animals get so complex? Check out the detail on these works of art:

I used to tip the balloon guy a dollar per balloon animal and felt like that was fair. Today with all the detail work the guy put in I felt $1.00 wasn't enough, so I upped it to $2.00. Now I'm wondering if that was too low. Also, when I asked where he learned his craft, he answered, "Jail." I LOLd. Would that warrant a higher tip? Then on the ride home my kids insisted that was his only job, and that made me sad.