If you worked at McDonald’s, would you eat Big Macs and fries all the time? No you would not. Same problem here. I love the sweet perfume of vanilla wafting through my kitchen as much as the next person, but the only cake I eat these days is purely for research or taste testing (Yes that is a real thing, that I really do. Remember when I forgot to add the sugar to that batch of chocolate cupcakes? Not pretty my friends.)
Since it is fall, everything is pumpkin flavored. And as I do almost every year, I decided to give pumpkin chocolate chip cookies a whirl again. The problem with pumpkin is that is tends to bake up into a rather cakey style cookie, which some may prefer. But I am not one of those people. I wanted that perfect balance of crispy and chewy, with a pumpkin spice undertone.
Preheat your oven to 350 F.
1. Microwave butter for 30 seconds or until completely melted, but not hot. Add to a mixing bowl. (you can make these with a mixer, or by hand. It's a pretty forgiving dough)
2. Mix in the white and brown sugar until combined, then add the egg yolk.
3. Add in the vanilla and canned pumpkin.
4. Mix in the salt, spices and baking soda. Once that is incorporated, add in the flour, then stir to combine.
5. Fold in the chocolate chips
6. Chill your cookie dough in the fridge, until semi-firm. (you can do this in the freezer for faster cookies) Chilled dough helps to keep your cookies from spreading too thin as they bake, leading to hard, flat cookies.
7. Once the dough has been chilled, line a baking pan with parchment paper and use a cookie scoop to drop balls dough about 2 inches apart.
8. Bake for 11 - 13 minutes or until golden at the edges.
9. Remove from the oven and cool on pan for a minute or two (your cookies will sink a little, this is normal). Finish cooling on wire rack and enjoy with a glass of cold milk!
You will get about 2 dozen cookies, depending on your scoop size, but you can easily double this recipe. Store in an air tight container for up to a week, but they never last that long in my house.