Monday, August 29, 2011

Secret Recipe Club--Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I've enjoyed belonging to The Secret Recipe Club. Each month I get to meet a new blogger and make a new recipe. This month I had the pleasure of checking out Amy's Cooking Adventures. Amy is someone I would like to meet because we have so much in common. Although I am much older than Amy we are a lot alike. Amy is a stay at home mom to two darling little boys, she believes in sitting down together as a family each evening. This is something that we have practiced for 35 years! She likes to sew and scrapbook (favorite hobbies of mine). And she believes in feeding her boys veggies, sometimes hidden in favorite foods, smart mother!

 I enjoyed perusing the many yummy dishes on Amy's blog. My short list included Caramelized Onion Bread, Bacon Corn Chowder and Jalapeno Pepper Jack Scones. But my desire to start baking with pumpkin won. I'm still loving garden fresh tomatoes, corn and zucchini but pumpkin cookies were calling my name! So I gladly made Amy's Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, they did not disappoint! The recipe came together quickly and soon the smell of Fall filled my kitchen, I was happy. Amy's recipe called for a cream cheese frosting but for some odd reason I was out of cream cheese. How did that happen?? Walmart was out of the question, although it is only 3 minutes away. So I made do and whipped up a yummy browned butter frosting. Delicious. The cookies were excellent, my new go to recipe for pumpkin cookies. Thank you Amy.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from Joy the Baker

2 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp ground cloves
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
½ cup canola oil
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and spray the paper with cooking spray.
Stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices together in a medium bowl and set aside. 
In an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the eggs and sugar until smooth and lightened in color, about 1 minute.  On low speed, mix the oil, pumpkin, and vanilla until blended.
Mix in the flour mixture to incorporate it.  Stir in the chips,
With a cookie scoop with 2 tablespoon capacity, scoop dough onto prepare cookie sheet at least 2 ½ inches apart.  Use a thin spatula to smooth and flatten rounds.
Bake cookies 16 minutes or until tops feel firm and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out dry.  Cool cookies on the baking sheet for 5 minutes.  Move to wire racks to cool completely.
Once cooled, frost cookies (recipe follows).  Store cookies in an airtight container once the frosting in dry.
Browned Butter Frosting 
1/2 cup butter
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
milk as needed
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cook butter on medium low heat till a light brown color, be careful, it burns quickly. Add browned butter to powdered sugar and whip, adding vanilla and milk as needed for spreading consistency. Frost cooled cookies with a small offset spatula (one of my favorite kitchen tools).


Amy Anderson said...

What do you mean by a "square" of butter?

I make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies all the time in the fall...they're my favorite!

Amy @ A Little Nosh

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

Yum, I love the look of these cookies! Definitely a great choice for an SRC post.

Plain Chicken said...

Love this idea! I have some pumpkin in the pantry. I'll have to try these

Eliotseats said...

I love pumpkin. It makes me think that fall is right around the corner! Choco and pumpkin. My favorites.

Delishhh said...

Love Pumpkin and these look fabulous. Nice work on SRC.

Pam @ From Apples To Zucchini said...

I have been itching to make something with pumpkin in it and these look great! (I think its my way to try to trick myself into thinking its fall while its still 95+ degrees here)Yum!

Lisa~~ said...

We love pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and yours look wonderful.

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Group 'A" ~ SRC recipe this month: Cilantro Lime Chicken

Cook Lisa Cook

kita said...

Pumpkin cookies sound perfect right about now! Great choice for your SRC post!

Manu said...

These cookies sound out of this world! I love them! Great choice for the SRC!

Unknown said...

I Love pumpkin! I've been wanting to make a pumpkin oatmeal cookie and might just have to adapt this one!

Hezzi-D said...

I love pumpkin chocolate chip cookies! I've never had them with the icing on them but they look so yummy!

Gloria - The Ginger Snap Girl said...

I have been getting a little fall baking itch so I had to come and check these out. I love pumpkin and chocolate together. Great idea to coat that deliciousness in frosting or glaze! Mmmmm. Nice pick!

Rhonda said...

It's great to see a recipe with pumpkin that isn't a pie or a soup. Can't wait to try them!

FabFrugalFood said...

Can't beat healthy cookies, I say! Looking forward to pumpkin time of year ~ Cheers!


Unknown said...

What a great SRC recipe. This will go great with coffee.

Unknown said...

Yum!! These sound fantastic. Love the idea to add a browned butter frosting. Anything with browned butter is always a delicious choice. Thanks for sharing. :)

Unknown said...

This is such an interesting recipe. Bookmarked to try :)

Amy said...

So glad you enjoyed the cookies! Thank you for the complimentary post!

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Hey Cindy , hiii!
Happy to meet ya at SRC!
Are u the same Cindy that left me a comment , coz if its u , am happy to find ya coz u didnt leave a link on my blog :-((
I have never had pumpkin cookies but these look absolutely some that i must try!
Pretty cookie!

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

These cookies look beyond amazing! Pumpkin is my favorite ingredient. Awesome to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. Here is my post for September :)
Also: I would love if you added this and any other links to my "Happy Post" today.

Doll Buy said...

I can't thank you enough for sharing this wonderful recipe with us! The cookies look delightful!

Tabby Toys said...

This the kind of cookie I have always wanted to bake. Deliciously and nice looking pumpkin cookies. Thanks for sharing the recipe.