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I love pumpkin – as both a bulbous vegetable and a term of endearment (in which case, “punkin” is the go-to).

In the last week alone, I’ve eaten pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bread and a pumpkin tart (last night at Art and Soul, which was amazing). I would not be surprised if my skin was turning slightly orange (hold the Snooki comments, lest you feel my wrath).

Additionally, I refer to many of my loved ones as “punkin,” which is what my dear old Dad calls me.

My mother makes the best pumpkin bread hands-down. But, in the name of diversification and in honor of my love of cookies, I wanted to find the perfect pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe.

I’ve whipped these babies up five or six times with the greatest of ease, and they come out fluffy, moist and delicious. I adjusted the amount of vanilla, cinnamon and flour—in addition to making it whole wheat—to perfection. Now, they’re ready to share with you, my pretty little Bitches.

Happy fall baking.

 

Fluffy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from George Duran

Ingredients:
– 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
– 1 cup white sugar
– 1 cup light brown sugar
– 2 large eggs
– 3 tsp. vanilla extract
– 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
– 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
– 2 tsp baking soda
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 2 tsp cinnamon
– 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or 1/2 tsp. ginger, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp cloves)
– 2 cups (12 oz bag) chocolate chips (milk or semi sweet, your preference)

Photo credit: Cori Sue Morris

Instructions:
1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Spray cookie sheets with nonstick spray or line them with parchment paper

3. Using a mixer, beat butter until smooth. Beat in white and brown sugars, a little at a time. Beat the eggs in 1 at a time. Then, add the vanilla and pumpkin puree.

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4. In another large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.

5. Slowly beat the flour mixture into the batter in thirds.

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6. Stir in the chips.

7. Put cookie dough onto cookie sheets.

8. Bake 12 minutes, or until browned around the edges.

Photo credit: Cori Sue Morris

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