Monday, December 14, 2009

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I discovered these cookies on Joy the Baker's wonderful website about a month ago. Since then I have made these cookies 3 times. That's saying a lot for someone like me, who gets bored of the same desserts after about...a day. But there's something really satisfying about these cookies. They are soft from the pumpkin, chocolatey from the chips, and cruchy and wholesome from the walnuts - a perfect mix of three great cookie traits.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (adapted from Joy the Baker) (makes about 14 cookies)
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 chopped walnuts
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter two baking sheets.
2. Stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices together in a medium bowl and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the eggs and sugar until smooth and lightened in color, about 1 minute. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl as needed during mixing. On low speed, mix the butter, pumpkin, and vanilla until blended. Mix in the flour mixture to incorporate it. Mix in the chips and walnuts.
4. Scoop about 1/4 cup mounds of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing the cookies at least 2 1/2-inches apart.
5. Bake for about 14-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.


  1. These look good, but I'm wondering why anyone would start to add things like pumpkin to a perfectly yummy chocolate chip cookie. IMHO there's nothing that could improve a chocolate chip cookie, so why even waste the additional ingredient(s)? ;)

  2. Wow these sound yummy! Beautiful photo, too!