Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ever since I saw how wonderful the biscotti turned out in the new oven last weekend, I've been wanting to bake more cookies. For some reason, I am focused on cookies, not pie or loaf cake or bundt cake. It has to be cookies.

But I was craving the Harvest Loaf Cake I usually make every October. Pumpkin, spices, chocolate chips. I could have turned it into Harvest Mini Cupcakes, I suppose, for a more cookie like size. But I wanted cookies. Sometimes, I don't understand my brain. There was no reason to not make a loaf cake or mini cupcakes. It was just that for some inexplicable reason, I had to have cookies.

So I figured surely there is a Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookie recipe out there that uses all of the Harvest Loaf Cake ingredients, only in cookie form. So I started Googling. It was easier than I expected. Usually I read recipe after recipe after recipe in the search results, searching for the best one for whatever I want to make. But this time, I looked at the first result and didn't look at other recipes. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies on foodnetwork.com, recipe from George Duran.
I made these Sunday afternoon while SP was doing yard work. Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin, vanilla. Mmmm it smelled so good from the first spice jar I opened. As usual, I was generous with the cinnamon.
I also used semisweet chocolate chips, not milk chocolate. These turned out so good. A spicy, pumpkiny chocolate chip cookie. They stayed nice and thick/rounded, they didn't spread out like pancakes like our last chocolate chip cookie experience. Moist. They're good when they're warm, but even better once they have cooled. There was a lot of sampling during the first quarter of the football game. And after the game. We both are gobbling these up quickly. They're that good. And they make the house smell so good.
In my experience, homemade and store-bought pumpkin cookies can get kind of moist, wet, and slightly squishy over time - and then they stick to each other. I was a little concerned about the longevity of these cookies and the potential for stickiness. So I made sure they were completely cooled. Sometimes I get a little anxious to put my cookies in containers and they might still be a wee bit warm, but not this time. I also put pieces of waxed paper between each layer and I didn't press down/squish them in. At Christmas, when we bake a lot and cookie containers can get a little scarce, I sometimes cram them into containers. But it's not Christmas, so there are lots of containers around. I went ahead and used 2 large containers for these. As of Monday evening, they did not have any of that wet/moist/sticky stuff starting, so I am hoping they stay more like chocolate chip cookies and not like my past pumpkin cookie experiences.

I think I like these better than the Harvest Loaf Cake. These might be my new 'make every October' pumpkin & chocolate treat.

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