Thursday, November 7, 2013

Claudia's pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

The minute the weather starts to cool down under 99 degrees around here my brain automatically goes into pumpkin baking mode.

There's something about Fall that makes me just crave pumpkin chocolate chip stuff like nobody's business.

My friend's chocolate chip muffins are back HERE.

My sister's delicious pumpkin cookies are HERE.

And here is Claudia's recipe (which Elle calls "pumpkin fluff" because they are so incredibly light and fluffy they melt in your mouth):

1 c. butter (but I always do 1/2 c. butter, 1/2 c. applesauce, makes me feel so healthy!  Ha!)
1 c. sugar
1 can (15-oz.) canned pumpkin
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix together.

Then add:
2 1/4 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

I always add cinnamon (or extra cinnamon if it already calls for it) to any pumpkin recipe I have because I love it so.  I add a teaspoon and then keep sprinkling it in to taste.

Just don't do what I did and mix up the cinnamon with the ground cumin you have out because you are making white bean chicken chili on the stove at the same time (recipe for that back HERE).
They sure look alike, don't you think?  But a little known fact about cumin...doesn't go so well in pumpkin cookies.

Luckily I just sprinkled before I realized and could scoop it out!!

Another secret ingredient I like to use since my sister introduced me to it is this special baking salt I got as a special indulgence at Dean & DeLuca on one of our MFME trips a while back.  For some reason that gritty salt in there makes for some seriously good baking.

Then comes the most important part:  chocolate chips.  The recipe calls for two cups of them.

But you can always add more.

This recipe made it into my special recipe book in it's original slightly confusing form:

 These cookies may not be the most amazing to look at (certainly no chocolate peppermint sandwich cookie)

...until you turn them over and your mouth starts to water because you see those delicious chocolate chips in there...

Just one last aside:  I'm pretty sure this means we make too many cookies:


  1. Ha! In the dark of the early morning, I sprinkled cumin on Newel's oatmeal rather than cinnamon ... and I NEVER get to live that down ;)

  2. LOL on the last pic! My mouth is watering!

  3. I've done the same thing with chili powder - it's right next to the cinnamon in my cupboard, same size... luckily I caught myself, too!
    You should get the metal cookie paddle driver - it holds up better to cookie dough than the plastic one!

  4. If you love cinnamon, try the ground Saigon cinnamon from Costco. SOOO yummy!

  5. Thanks for the recipe, I am loving all things pumpkin and apple right now!!

    and yes get the metal paddle driver - I did the same thing, and bosch told me that the cookie paddles need the metal driver.

  6. The next time you make some, try adding butterscotch chips along with chocolate. SO YUMMY!

  7. I've done the cumin thing before too!

  8. Yep made some and are way too many!


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