Tips and Tricks for Making Great Pumpkin Cookies


Fall is here, and it is time to pull out the pumpkin spice recipes. I love pumpkin anything and baking. So I decided to make pumpkin cookies to accommodate both of my two favorite things. I started searching for pumpkin recipes and came across a pumpkin cookie recipe. 

The ingredients called for: 

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips plus more to sprinkle over the tops of the cookies

I started by combining my pumpkin puree, oil, sugar, egg and vanilla together in a bowl. I almost forgot the puree but added it at the last minute, which could have been a “yikes” moment. In a separate bowl, I mixed the baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and flour. Cinnamon wasn’t originally included in the recipe, but I misread the ingredients and ended up adding it. I added half of the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and mixed together with a hand mixer. Then, I gently mixed my chocolate chips in and maybe added a few extra. I noticed that the dough was more like a cake texture so I put it in the fridge to chill. 

After it sat in the fridge, I still noticed that the consistency wasn’t exactly cookie-like but I scooped it out and baked them for about twelve minutes at 375º F. They cooked really well and smelled delicious. I let them cool down for ten minutes and put them into an air-tight container. 

I brought them to share with some friends at school and they really enjoyed them. They mentioned how the cookies had a consistency similar to bread, and tasted similar pumpkin bread too. Some said that they liked the softness though. Others said it took them a second bite to get used to. 

Even after I added cinnamon instead of pumpkin pie spice, it still ended up turning out well. I don’t think it made a huge difference as far as taste. This was an easy recipe that is perfect for fall. In the end, I would totally recommend trying this recipe out for the fall time.

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