Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

If there is one thing I hope to be known for its laughing at my own jokes and my pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

On a whim, I made my first batch last night. While they were baking I realized I had never shared my recipe on here! I’ve shared so many other recipes yet I’ve neglected to share this one. I’m honestly flabbergasted. (If my writing is a little more elevated it’s because I watched John MacLean videos while baking and now I feel very sophisticated)

I first made this cookie in college with one of my best friends, PJ. We made these and cinnamon rum balls (they were good but not as good as these…we also put a little too much rum in them and served them at Thanksgiving, oops). Ever since, I make these cookies like clockwork every Fall and Winter for my friends and family.

My favorite story regarding these cookies comes from my dad (are we surprised, who else would have a story). During my first year of law school he was living in Bakersfield. He loved these cookies so I made him his own batch. While living in Bakersfield, he made friends with a homeless guy who came to his neighborhood every day looking for recyclables.

He called me and said “Mary, please don’t be mad. I gave all your cookies to the homeless guy.” I started laughing, “Dad, why would I be mad at you giving the cookies away to someone who doesn’t have food?” “Well I don’t know!!” And he proceeded to tell him how he gave them away: After I gave him the cookies, he was driving around when he saw the homeless guy on the corner at a light my dad was stopped at. He rolled down the window and called him over to say hi and give him a cookie. The guy came over and my dad lifted up the bag to offer him one and the guy took the whole bag. My dad knew this man needed the food more than my dad so he didn’t correct him or ask for the rest back. So I made him another batch and split it in two in case he wanted to share again!

Now for the recipe! I created this picture in hopes this makes it easier to save! If you’re on the computer, you should be able to right click and save it. If you’re on your phone, hold down on the picture and it should pop up an option to save to camera roll or you can screenshot it.

I’ll also leave a text version below if that’s easier as well!

Ingredients

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup pumpkin
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
2 scoops (one bag) chocolate chips

Instructions
Beat butter until smooth, add white and brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
Add 1 egg at a time. Add vanilla and pumpkin.
In a separate bowl, mix: flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.
Slowly add the dry ingredients in the batter. Stir, don’t beat, in chocolate chips.
Scoop cookie dough onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet (I use an ice cream scoop).
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 16-20 minutes.

Please let me know if you make these and tag me in any pictures or posts you make on social media!

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