Again it’s pumpkin season and I love trying new things. This recipe comes from Active.com and I stumbled upon it via the Couch to 5k group over on Facebook. I have had pumpkin cookies in the past, so I was anxious to try a recipe that was going to be healthier (fiber, iron, Vitamin A) for me.
To add another layer of intrigue to this post. I was making these cookies for a party, where the host’s son had a nut allergy. This began a couple of hours of searching on the internet to see what I could and could not use in the recipe – acceptable substitutions/brands etc.
I started running a few months ago and selected the Couch to 5K running plan to get things going. I recently joined the C25k group over on Facebook which has supplied me with all sorts of food and running information. Imagine my surprise when one day a cookie recipe popped up! I figured with the party coming up it would be a perfect fall treat and I was a bit burned out on making cupcakes.
I have always asked before making something if anyone had allergies, but this was the first time where someone actually had an allergy. I did not think to confirm how sensitive the allergy was and just went for the most extreme. (Note: In this instance, it would have been okay for me to use items processed in a facility with nuts.) I did not use anything that had been processed around nuts, and did not use anything if I could not verify where it was processed (storebrand vanilla extract threw me off).
I searched around the internet for allergy information, nut free baking and information on substitutions – ie: are Hershey’s chocolate chips safe to use? (The Publix chips indicated they were processed in a shared facility). I double checked all the ingredients in the recipe, wrote the product names down. Besides the nuts, I eliminated the vanilla extract (store brand) because I could not find definitive information about it and it was such a small amount anyways. There were so many things I learned about cooking for those with an allergy – things I never would have even thought of. (icing tints, nutmeg, various extracts)
Moving on, here is the original recipe in it’s entirety!
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (via Active.com)
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup butter or trans-fat-free margarine
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. milk
- 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour (OR 1/2 ground oatmeal)
- 1-1/2 cups unbleached white flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray two cookie sheets with non-stick cookie spray, OR line with parchment paper.
- In a mixer cream together: pumpkin, sugars, butter, egg and vanilla.
- In a small dish, dissolve baking soda in the milk and set aside.
- In another bowl, sift together salt, flour/s (or ground oatmeal), baking powder, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
- Add baking soda mixture to flour mixture and stir to combine.
- While mixing, slowly add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture. Mixing until just combined.
- NOTE: Do NOT overmix the batter, otherwise it will become tough.
- Gently mix in nuts and chocolate chips to batter.
- Drop by rounded spoonfulls (or use a cookie scoop) onto prepared cookie sheets.
- Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
Here are some of the tasty ingredients in the cookies. Butter, cinnamon, pumpkin, cloves and of course chocolate chips!
After all the ingredients are mixed together place on a prepared cookie sheet. I used my silicone baking sheets for this batch. The cookies came out really soft on the bottom, and I did not like the texture of it. I will admit they do look pretty! The batter was divided using a medium sized cookie scoop (#40, 1 1/2 tbs).
After the cookies are done baking move to a wire rack for cooling. I had to wait a bit longer to move my cookies to the racks because the bottom of the cookies didn’t feel ‘set.’
There you have it – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies. I really liked the cookies, but I felt the chocolate was a tad overpowering. Next time I may cut back the amount of chocolate chips used.