Saturday, January 4, 2014

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. Hmmmm just hearing those lovely little words makes me salivate. These are simply awesome! Warm out of the oven, they literally melt in your mouth and then once cooled, they are soft, pillowy deliciousness in a yummy little package. I love them...can you tell? Pumpkin and chocolate are just a match made in heaven. I had some pumpkin in the fridge that needed to be used and was bored so thought I'd whip up a batch of these beauties. Gabe had a couple of friends over and I knew I had a friend stopping over later in the day to bring me some raspberry pretzel salad I had been craving so I wanted to have something to feed the boys and to give to my friend when she came by. Gabe and his friends devoured a few, I may or may not have eaten 6 or so for lunch and then once the hubby got home from work we polished them off in a jiffy. It was a good day ;) Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Modified from a recipe by - George Duran (Food Network) Ingredients 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 1 cup white sugar 1 cup light brown sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups canned pumpkin puree (One big can- original recipe called for 1 cup) 3 cups plus 2 tablespoons of 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 Directions 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 14 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.

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