Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Surprise!¬† It’s another pumpkin recipe!

Wait, that’s probably not really a surprise, is it? ūüôā

Since the Tall Boy has gotten my oven back in working order, I’ve managed to make pumpkin latte coffee cake, pumpkin creamer, and I’ve been dreaming about my pumpkin pie hot chocolate.¬† Even worse, I don’t see an end in sight to the baking of pumpkin-related fall goods.¬† I’m obsessed, what can I say?

Until some new obsession comes along…I did¬†just buy two bags of Christmas special edition Nestle TollHouse baking chips, after all.

I also got a new camera lens last weekend.¬† So I did what any normal food blogger would do to practice…

I baked cookies.

I mean, why practice on a bowl of apples when taking pictures of fall baked goods is so much more fun?¬† Plus, I had a can of pur√©ed pumpkin already open–a perfect excuse for cookie baking, if you ask me!

I was incredibly pleased with how these cookies turned out.¬† They were so soft and puffy, and had more of a cake-like consistency than do regular cookies.¬† It was kind of like eating a small pillow of cookie-cake.¬† Eek, so good!¬† Um, so¬†good, I ate two before dinner.¬† And one for breakfast the next morning.¬† So much for losing those extra five pounds before Christmas.¬† I’m doomed, ya’ll.

They weren’t overly pumpkin-y, either, but with the addition of the pumpkin pie spice and nutmeg, they were¬†a wonderful taste of fall.

Can you believe these cookies were even softer on day two?  Yay for pumpkin puree!

Pumpkin is definitely my number one go-to flavor for fall.¬† What’s yours?

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
makes about 4 dozen cookies; I halved the recipe and we had plenty!
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 12 ounces chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line cookie sheets with a Silpat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flours, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter on medium to high speed for about 30 seconds. Add sugars and beat until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl occasionally. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in pumpkin and vanilla until combined. Next, add if flour mixture until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Droup dough by 2-tablespoons on your prepared cookie sheets, approximately 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool on cookie sheets for 2 minutes, then remove to wire racks to cool completely.
adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Cookies, 2012

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  1. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    Keep the pumpkin recipes coming:-) It is my all time favorite thing to bake with in the Fall…yes, I’m kind of obsessed with the orange stuff too!!! Soft pillowy cookie cakes…I even have an open can of pumpkin in the fridge. Yeah, I’m not going to lose anything before Christmas baking either! So what lens did you get???
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    • Ashley

      In my mind, you can never have too many pumpkin recipes. ūüôā It’s my absolute fave! I got a 50 mm, but clearly I’m still learning. So, if you have any tips, I’m open to ’em!

      • Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

        I agree…never too many pumpkin recipes:-) What camera do you have again? For some reason I was thinking the 3100 but I could be wrong. So you opted for the manual focus lens then? At least for that camera you would need the 35 MM AFS lens. The 50 will work, but it won’t auto focus. I tried that one first and just couldn’t get the hang of the focus, so I exchanged it:-) I like my camera doing the work for me. LOL!
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        • Ashley

          I do have the 3100, but I got the 50 mm AF-S NIKKOR lens which will autofocus (I’m not even close to good enough to focus on my own!!). Fortunately, I took a photography class recently, and the instructor recommended this lens–I would have had NO idea what to do otherwise, LOL. I am a total novice!

          • Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

            A camera class sounds fun! I would love to learn more about the one I have. I like to think I have a somewhat good idea, but I know there is so much more I could learn:-) I forgot about the Nikkor lens…I just opted for the Nikon one. The one I would love to get is the 18-300 Tamron lens…it would be awesome to not have to change the lens for different activities.
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  2. sally @ sallys baking addiction

    These look fantastic Ashley! Pumpkin cookies (without oats) are hard to get down right. Usually, they are too cakey and the dough is all gloopy and hard to work with. Your cookies look chewy, but not *too* cakey which is what I go for! Love pumpkin and chocolate together… obviously!!
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    • Ashley

      That means a lot coming from you, Sally (I consider you the cookie queen, you know)! And yeah, there’s hardly a better combo than pumpkin and chocolate!

    • Ashley

      I got a 50 mm, but I’m not really sure how to use it yet. As you can tell, my focal points are off in these pics, but it’s still an improvement for me, haha!

  3. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    Love these cookies! Now that we both have D3100s, we’ll have to talk lenses. You said 50mm? I’d love to know the specifics!
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