Thursday, October 9, 2008

Pumpkin Cookies for Autumn

I really do love the fall. It's very filled with colours I like and it really makes me feel like cooking comfort foods. Chicken Pot Pie, Hearty Stew, Hot Soup are all good autumn meal choices. It's also such a nice time to sit around with friends and enjoy a cup of your favourite hot chocolate, latte or tea in comfortable surroundings. A nice little something to have with your soul warming beverage is a nice addition too. I like to make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies for just this time of year. I was introduced to these cookies by a friend Alison a few years ago, and I have always thought that they are perfectly suited for fall weather.....probably because of the pumpkin. I make them almost without fail every fall now, once the leaves colour and begin to fall. They are surprisingly good cookies, and are the best straight out of the oven when their outsides have a light crust from their time in the oven. Once they have been stored in a tin or jar for any length of time they do lose their crisp exterior, but are still a very delicious cookie. They have a subtle flavour of pumpkin pie with the addition of chocolate, and are equally popular with children and adults. Without any more babble, here is the recipe should you wish to make some.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 (15oz) can pumpkin puree
4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 pinch of nutmeg
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375F. Cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time. Stir in vanilla, pumpkin and blend well. Add remaining ingredients except for flour and chocolate chips and stir well. Fold in flour and then chocolate chips. Drop by spoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake 12 -15 minutes in preheated oven until the edges of the cookies begin to brown. Allow to cool on sheets for a few minutes before moving to cooling racks to completely cool.


Alison said...

Hey, I recognize this recipe! I got this one from my friend Amanda. I love these cookies fresh baked while they're still crunchy on the outside. I'm going to have to buy & cook some pumpkin (can't find canned) to make some pies/cookies . . . even if it is spring!

LittleRed said...

No canned pumpkin????? Is pumpkin pie not popular there or do people all cook it from scratch? They probably don't do Thanksgiving right??? You may as well do a big batch and freeze some pumpkin for later.