Thursday, November 19, 2009

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cecily and I had the afternoon free and since I just read this blog entry on Living Eventfully, we decided to make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies since I had all the ingredients on hand.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 60 cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs, at room temp
1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup canned pumpkin puree
3 cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 scant teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups (12-ounce bag) MILK chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet since that is what I had)
Nonstick cooking spray or parchment paper

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cookie sheets with nonstick spray or line them with parchment paper (if you bake frequently and haven't tried parchment paper yet, do yourself a favor and buy some.) and set aside.

Using a stand mixer, beat the butter until smooth.
Beat in both sugars, a little at a time, until the mixture is light and fluffy.
Beat in the eggs 1 at a time.
Mix on medium high for 3-4 minutes.

Turn speed on mixer to stir or low and add the vanilla and pumpkin puree.In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
Slowly mix the flour mixture into the batter in thirds until just incorporated.

Do not over mix.

Stir in the chips.

Scoop the cookie dough by heaping teaspoons (i use a small cookie scoop. cookies are more uniform.) onto the prepared cookie sheets and bake for 13-16 minutes, or until the cookies are light golden brown around the edges. (i pulled them out right at 13 minutes and the were soft and perfect. your oven is different so watch them and do not over bake.)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.

Cecily helping me scoop the dough onto the cookie sheet

All ready for the oven

Cecily and I enjoyed 1 or 2 of these after they were done baking. Yum! Love warm cookies. The rest I am going to package up as a gift for my friend Carolyn. Zach and I are staying at her place Saturday night in Philadelphia, since we are running the Philadelphia half marathon on Sunday.


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