Thursday, September 8, 2011

Pumpkin Chocolate Cookies Recipe

When the weather starts to change to fall-like conditions, the first thing I think about is Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. These are the most delicious cookies. They are easy to make, moist, soft, chewy, sweet, and perfect for fall.

I have made these cookies for years. I am going to repost an entry from my old blog that tells about them. Over the years I have made a few minor changes, though. I’ve included my new notes in {}.

I usually press the cookies down a bit with the bottom of a glass to make them a little flatter/rounder. I always make the icing to top them. It just gives them an extra yum factor. And I rarely use sprinkles on them anymore. They are great without. But the sprinkles are fun for kids, so maybe make some with and some without.

OK, who can resist that yummy goodness? I have made these cookies 3 times this month alone. I always crave them in the fall. Well, at least since I was pregnant anyway. {Who was I kidding, I crave these EVERY fall, pregnant or not!}


Pumpkin Cookies

1 cup sugar
1 cup pumpkin
½ cup shortening
1 Tbs. grated orange peel (optional)
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. cinnamon ¼ tsp. salt ½ cup nuts (opt) &/or ½ cup milk chocolate chips or ½ cup raisins (I always use Milk Chocolate chips & sometimes nuts)

Mix in order & bake at 375 8-10 minutes. Cool. Glaze.

¼ cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1-2 Tbs. milk

Melt butter till brown. Add other ingredients. Frost cookies.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.


Now that is my mom's recipe. Here's what I do differently. #1 always double the recipe. Then it uses the whole can of pumpkin instead of half (a small can). #2 And I like it better with 1/2 cup of extra flour. My mom's tend to stay rounder, but mine flatten out a bit so they're more like cookies. #3 Forget the nuts and raisins, go with my mom's suggestion and always use milk chocolate chips. Yum! #4 Also don't bother with the orange zest, unless you already have some on hand. #5 These are still good without the glaze, but the glaze makes them lots better.

So run right out to the store. Go now, why are you waiting? Get the ingredients and make them. RIGHT. NOW! GO!

For your enjoyment, a few more pictures of these yummy delights.

Stay tuned for my mom's amazing caramel apple dip.

I hope that you enjoyed this recipe from the past. I know I spoke of another recipe, so if you need those too let me know and I'll post them.


John said...

Oooo these look so yummy Sarah!

Fran said...

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE these!!!! We have never had the icing on them though *cringing* don't be mad. We love them with dark chocolate chips too but I usually follow your advice and use milk chocolate ones. And NEVER raisins :(

Darlene said...

Oh, yum! Thanks so much for posting pictures!! I've never made pumpkin cookies before, but they sound healthy, right? ;)