I got a serious craving for chocolate last night. This craving may or may not have come right after dinner when Michael's dad said, "You know, I haven't had any chocolate all day long!" What can I say, I'm gullible. And a sucker for any excuse to bake.
This may be a shock, but I had never before baked pumpkin chocolate chip cookies until last night. This fall classic had just passed me by each year, and I knew that now was the opportunity to make it happen. So, I researched and found a good recipe I wanted to play with. Thanks to Two Peas and Their Pod, I found the inspiration I needed to bake something wonderful. I loved their recipe for the following reasons: the addition of oatmeal, applesauce, and whole wheat flour as ingredients. Just reading that made me feel healthier!
These came out wonderfully moist and the perfect fall cookie. A little spice, a little chocolate, and of course, that nostalgic presence of pumpkin. Yummy! A bit of advice I would give is to maybe add a bit more flour, just to ensure the cookies don't fall apart. They are really moist and dense, and could benefit from more flour to make them cake-ier (in my opinion)!
Oh, and I almost forgot...double or triple the recipe, because they will be gone before you know it. Happy Friday!
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
(adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod)
4 tbs. unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup applesauce
3/4 cup pumpkin
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. allspice
3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
1 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream the butter with the sugars until light and soft.
- Add in applesauce, pumpkin, egg, and vanilla and mix on medium low speed until all ingredients are mixed well.
- In a separate bowl, combine and whisk the salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and flours together.
- Add flour mixture to the wet ingredients, with the mixer on low. Mix until well incorporated.
- Add the oats and chocolate chips and mix just until incorporated.
- Scoop tablespoons of dough onto a greased baking sheet and bake the cookies for 12-13 minutes. Remove from oven, cool on a baking rack, and serve with a large glass of milk!