I read several blogs regularly and always see recipes that sound good, but rarely do I actually get around to making them. Well this is one of those rare times. Marielle at La Petite Chef is one of those bloggers who always posts a recipe, and I was so thankful for that when she posted about her Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. I knew that I had to make them sometime this fall.
When Brett jokingly asked me, "What's for dessert?" when there obviously was not anything for dessert, I figured that it was time to whip up these cookies.
The Massachusetts debut of my KitchenAid mixer went wonderfully. I welcomed her to her new home and then put her to work mixing the wet ingredients: butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, and pumpkin puree.
I mixed the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. I swear I spun my spice rack around ten times looking for ground cloves before they finally decided to show themselves. I was already devising a way to grind up whole cloves- which I'm sure would have been a disaster. These are all the spices I love. Every one of them.
Then I slowly added the dry ingredients into the wet ones. Oh my gosh. This cookie dough was awesome. As I stood there licking the beater (after I had wiped it off of course) I couldn't help but make "mmmmm" noises. It is personal blasphemy for me to say this, but I think this batter is better than my pumpkin pie.
I made the first batch of cookies without chocolate chips, because Brett claims he hates chocolate (even though he will eat brownies as long as you put powdered sugar on them.) They puffed up like marshmallows! Then I incorporated most of a bag of Tollhouse semisweet chocolate chips (aka- the best chocolate in the world) into the dough and saved a couple of handfuls for personal use :)
These cookies baked up wonderfully.
When it came time to eat one, I was a little surprised. The texture was like cake! The inside was so fluffy it even looked like cake! I love chocolate chips, but I think that the chocolate flavor overpowers the pumpkin and spices. Next time I may (here I go again with the blasphemy) leave out the chocolate and go with a purely pumpkin pie flavored cookie.
This recipe managed to combine three of my favorite things: pumpkin pie flavors, cookies, and cake. I highly recommend these to everyone!