Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Cookies

It's pumpkin season and that means I am awash in orange. If only I had more time in a day and more energy, I would be making everything with pumpkin. But no reason to despair, because any pumpkin I don't use fresh, I bake and mash and save in portions in the freezer so I have pumpkin purée for a good many months to add to my dishes. In addition, I save and roast my pumpkin seeds for a very special treat that can only be enjoyed during pumpkin season.

Pumpkin is not only delicious when served up as part of a savory meal, but wonderful in baked goods too. I decided to satisfy a craving for chocolate cookies and so these pumpkin chocolate chunk cookies were born. This is a fine way to use up some extra pumpkin purée. Soft and chewy, as a chocolate cookie should be, but with the additional flavor and fragrance of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, they make for a delightful treat anytime of day, including breakfast.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk CookiesPumpkin Chocolate Chunk Cookies
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Published on November 5, 2018

Soft and buttery chocolate chunk cookies cooked with pumpkin and fragrant pumpkin pie spices

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 12 to 14 minutes

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  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut or brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unspiced and unsweetened pumpkin purée
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups light spelt or all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (I used a combination of ground cardamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate, broken into small pieces, or dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries, chopped (optional)
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat an oven to 350°F.

  • In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugars with a hand mixer until light and fluffy.

  • Add the pumpkin purée and vanilla and beat for another minute.

  • Now add the flour, spices, baking soda and salt. Using a wooden spoon, mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate and dried cherries and let sit for about 15 minutes.

  • Using clean hands, roll the dough in small 1-inch balls and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Gently flatten each ball with your fingers.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 14 minutes until the bottoms of the cookies are a light golden brown. Let sit on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes and then gently transfer to a wire cooling rack. Let cool completely before storing any remaining cookies in an air-tight container.

Makes 15 cookies

pumpkin chocolate cookies

Other cookies to enjoy from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
Flourless and Egg-Free Peanut Butter Cookies
Cayenne Peanut Butter Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Teff Cookies

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