Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies + KitchenAid Stand Mixer + $200 Williams-Sonoma Gift Card Giveaway

I have fond childhood memories of baking chocolate chip cookies with my my mom and sister. When my sister and I saw our mom’s circa 1972 split pea green KitchenAid Stand Mixer come out, we knew we were in for a treat.

The process of helping my mom in the kitchen and being her little helper was almost as good as the cookies we’d bake together.

My dad always knew if my sister and I had been in the kitchen that day helping out as evidenced by the eggshells in his cookies, which we’d proudly present to him and that he’d never turn down. They simply added a delicious crunch.

As a helper, I learned early on not to crank the mixer to high speed immediately after adding the flour. A good way to make my mom mad was to spray her kitchen with flour.

The best part of cookie making came when adding the chocolate chips to the dough.

I’d always sneak a handful of chocolate chips that were supposed to make it into the cookie dough, but made it into my mouth instead.

With this cookie recipe, I wanted to embrace the classic chocolate chip cookie I grew up eating, but also incorporate everyone’s favorite fall ingredient: pumpkin.

Plenty of recipes exist for soft, cake-like, pumpkin whoopie pie cookies, but I wanted these cookies to have the traditional chewiness of a true chocolate chip cookie, but infused with pumpkin.

After testing and experimenting with so many recipes and creating everything from cakey, soft, pumpkin mounds to pumpkin-laced hockey pucks, I finally found the texture and flavor I was in search of with this recipe.

The resulting cookies are soft, tender, light and have just a touch of cakiness, but they are also chewy with some heartiness. Soft pumpkin cookie meets chewy chocolate chip cookie. The edges crisp up and the centers remain pillowy soft.

They’re packed with the warming flavors of fall, including cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, cloves, and a dash of molasses.

The chocolate chips pair nicely with the pumpkin and the flavors complement each other so well. Then again, chocolate pairs so well with most anything for me.

A few cook’s notes:

The dough is soft and a bit tacky to work with, courtesy of the pumpkin puree. Pumpkin does a beautiful job of tenderizing baked goods, but it makes the dough a bit sticky. Counteract the stickiness by chilling the dough before scooping it into balls. In my trials, I chilled the dough ranging from 90 minutes to 4 days. The longer the dough is chilled, the easier it is to work with.

Prior to baking, rolling a ball of dough through a cinnamon-sugar mixture not only creates a extra bonus of texture and flavor in the finished cookies, but it does double-duty by taking the edge off some of the dough’s stickiness.

I found the best cookies result from using 1 1/2 tablespoons of well-chilled dough, scooped using a cookie scoop, dredged through cinnamon-sugar, and flattened slightly before baking.

The cookies spread very little while baking and I recommend flattening the dough mounds slightly before baking otherwise the base will cook through and become too well done before the top sets.

The cookies keep beautifully, and paradoxically, get softer over time. The brown sugar and molasses attract moisture from the air so there’s little worry of them drying out.

Then again, I don’t think you’ll have too many extra cookies just lingering around.


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes about 3 dozen medium-sized cookies

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (1 stick)

3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

1 tablespoon unsulphered molasses (I use Grandma’s Original)

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, ground ginger, salt – all optional and to taste

3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups Nestle Tollhouse Semi-Sweet Morsels

Cinnamon-Sugar Mixture, for rolling

1/3 cup granulated sugar

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine butter, brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and beat on medium-high to high speed for 3 to 4 minutes to cream ingredients; stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the egg, vanilla, and beat on high speed for 3 to 4 minutes until mixture is light and fluffy. Add the pumpkin, unsulphered molasses (blackstrap molasses may be substituted but it’s bolder and more intense), 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, cloves, optional spices, salt, and mix until incorporated, about 1 minute. (All spices should be added to taste and use more or less, depending on how robustly-flavored you prefer your cookies. As written, the spices are nicely balanced and the cookies are of average intensity. Adding ginger, additional cinnamon or cloves, will give them a stronger punch and kick, rendering them more like a pumpkin-ginger-spice cookie)

Add the flour, baking soda, and mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips by hand. Dough will be thick and dense yet soft, and must be refrigerated and chilled before it’s suitable for scooping out and baking off. Cover mixing bowl with plastic wrap or transfer dough into an airtight container and refrigerate dough for at least 90 minutes, overnight, or up to four days.

Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare baking sheets by lining them with Silpat liners, parchment paper, or spray them with cooking spray; set aside. Make the Cinnamon-Sugar Mixture by combining 1/3 cup granulated sugar and 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl and stir to combine; set aside.

Form 1 1/2 tablespoon-sized balls of dough using a cookie scoop and dredge each ball through the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place balls on baking sheets; cookies spread very little and can be spaced about 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Flatten balls slightly before baking to ensure cookies cook through evenly. Bake for 12-13 minutes or until the edges near the bases of the cookies are golden and set, and tops have just set; cookies will continue to firm up as they cool. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for at least 10 minutes before moving them. Cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Cookies can be kept vegan by using vegan margarine such as Earth Balance and replacing the egg with a flax egg. Cookies can be made gluten-free by using a gluten-free flour blend such as Bob’s Red Mill.


And now, onto the Giveaway portion of this post. You can enter to win:

a $200 gift card from Williams-Sonoma

and a KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Yes, one lucky person will win both.

The mixer is from the KitchenAid Custom Metallic® Series | Tilt-Head Stand Mixer | Flour Power™ Rating – 9 Cup

It’s a 5-Quart size with a 10-speed Solid State Control

It comes with a flat beater, wire whip, and dough hook

It retails for $649.95

I’m sure I don’t need to sell you on the benefits, workmanship, and high quality nature of a KitchenAid Stand Mixer or twist your arm to pick out $200 worth of items from Williams-Sonoma.

Although Tweets, Facebook mentions, or Pinterest Pins about this post are appreciated, they are not required for entry.

Simply answer the following question by leaving a comment below to enter the giveaway:

Please share a favorite baking memory. (Please be detailed and specific)

Contest ends Monday, October 8, 2012 and winner will be chosen randomly. Open to continental U.S. residents only. Complete contest rules can be found at the bottom of this page.

This post is sponsored by Nestlé® Toll House® Morsels, the perfect special ingredient for all of your family’s favorite treats!



  1. I love baking, especially with friends and family. My favorite memory is baking Martha Stewarts chocolate cake with 7 min frosting with my mom. It was so good a friend paid me to make one for her!

  2. my favorite memory is asking my son what kind of a birthday cake I should bake for him. his answer was he wanted a pumpkin pie. so he had a pie with candles that was over 50 years ago.

  3. my favorite memory is asking my son what kind of birthday cake he wanted his answer was he wanted a pumpkin pie so he had a pie with five candles that was over 50 years ago he still loves pumpkin pie.

  4. My favorite baking memories come from baking Christmas cookies with my mom growing up. She would start baking weeks before Christmas; dozens and dozens of cookies that would be given away, shared with friends who came over and put out on Christmas Eve and Day. Now that I am grown and have two daughters of my own I make the same cookies that my mom used to make; thumbprints, snowballs, almond cookies, and a few more. Making the same recipes reminds me of my childhood years with my mom and I hope that my daughters carry on the recipes and traditions as well!

  5. Your recipes never cease to amaze me.

    When I was younger, we had wild raspberries growing in our backyard. I remember the first time I ever decided to put them to good use (besides stuffing my face full of berry goodness before they even had a chance to make it inside the house!). I made “raw raspberry pie” which was more of a smash the raspberries in a bowl, mix with some sugar, and stick it in the freezer until firm enough to cut into slices for my family. Haha not really a recipe or anything too fancy, but I will never forget those good old days.

  6. im a veggiealochic love all kinds and in many way they are prepared

  7. I loved baking with my grandma! We always made strudel.

  8. I lived with my oldest sister and her family during my first two years of college. Each December after finals, we would dive into the cookie baking … peanut butter, ultimate chocolate chip, our Grandma Ruby’s no-bake cookies, puppy chow… Sometimes we’d get brave and try a new recipe. Sometimes it didn’t go so well. Now, we live 800 miles apart. It never fails that we call each other mid-December to talk about how we were making cookies and thinking of the other. It’s hard to describe in detail how special that time was. :)

  9. My favorite baking memory is Christmas baking from my childhood. My mom would make sugar cookies, and we’d cut them out with Christmas cookie cutters. Then, before they were baked, we’d paint them with egg yolk that my mom dyed with food coloring. They were so fun! She would also make spritz cookies and make Christmas shapes with her cookie press. She would flavor each color of dough according to color: green-mint, pink-peppermint, yellow-banana, and white(plain)-almond. She would save some of each color of dough, and then we’d create cookies of our own, using the dough like modeling clay. It was always so fun (yet sad!) to eat each of our own Christmas Cookie Creations. :)

  10. Baking chocolate chip cookies with my Mom.

  11. I always use ‘family recipes’ but i make them my own by adding and subtracting stuff. We love the holidays

  12. Helping my grandmother bake cookies at Christmas is my favorite baking memory. I can still smell the chocolate chip batter.

  13. I loved making sugar cookies with my mom when I was little. My favorite part was when we’d actually cut the shapes out with the cookie cutters and there would come that point where you had all these scrapes of dough once you eliminated the shapes. My mom would let me stockpile those little scraps and after two or three rounds of rolling and cutting, I had myself a pretty solid stack of sugar cookie dough. Sometimes I would be so full from eating the dough scraps that I wouldn’t even want a real cookie when they were done. Wait, who am I kidding, that never happened!

  14. Yummy!

  15. I have always loved baking and grew up in a house where my mom never baked. My best memory was a few years ago during the holidays having my sister and my kids in the kitchen baking cookies for Christmas presents. We all got to pick recipes that we thought the family would like and each made batches and decided if they made the cut. It was a fun time and will become a tradition. We now get requests for cookies. Everyone has their favorites

  16. At age 82 I don’t do as much baking as I used to but one of my daughters-in-law loves to bake and
    this would be the perfect Christmas present from me to her. How surprized she would be!

  17. i remember when i was little and i would make cakes and cookies for the holidays.

  18. I really enjoyed spending time in the kitchen with my mother when she baked bread. She usually made homemade cinnamon rolls from part of the bread dough. They were so delicious the rest of us tried to duplicate them when she was no longer able – but we never made them taste so good

  19. Danielle Ericsson Reply

    My favorite baking memory is every Christmas time I enjoy baking cookies with family and friends. Then I love sharing my results with neighbors and friends.

  20. I’ve gotta make those pumpkin choc chip cookies!

  21. My favorite memory is being 10 years old and reading a recipe for an apple souffle in one of my mom’s cookbooks. I carefully gathered all the ingredients and set to work on making that dessert. When it came out of the oven it was beautiful! I was so proud.

  22. My favorite backing memories are when my kids and I make cookies for the holiday! It makes the holidays more fun! :)

  23. My mother always baked the pies for Thanksgiving. She made the best apple and pumpkin pie. One year she let me help her and let me make a small apple pie for one. I will never forget that time.

  24. Cookies! Cookies! Cookies! During the past 25+ years my mother has taught me to make dozens of her favorite cookies. We have a large extended family of cookie bakers and my mother and I have created years of memories making her fantastic cookies.

  25. I made Christmas cookies at a friend’s house with my girls and we all had fun.

  26. My favorite baking memory was a total disaster! My best friend and I were trying to make Mountain Dew cupcakes. The cupcakes themselves were just not wanting to cook right in her oven (we still have no idea why/how) we kept them in the oven until the toothpick finally came out clean – and moved onto making the Mountain Dew flavored frosting – what we ended up with was frosting with a slight nasty after-taste of lime…yuck! So we reduced a can of Mountain Dew and mixed the syrup into the frosting – it was so sickeningly sweet we couldn’t even stomach it. To top it off, our cupcakes crumbled into pieces. LOL Total FAIL!! But we laughed the entire time and had lots of fun trying.

  27. My kids and I love all things pumpkin so I am very excited to try this recipe Friday night. We are having a yard sale on Saturday and my daughter wanted to do a bake sale for kids with Autism (her brother is Autistic). This is the perfect recipe for her sale! Last year we made homemade pumpkin cheesecake – we made our regular recipe and incorporated pumpkin into the filling and it was delicious! I would like to make pumpkin scones if anyone has a great recipe please share with us! The pumpkin patch in our neighborhood just opened and I will be there tomorrow to get our pumpkin for our cookies! I look forward to reading all of these great posts!

  28. my mother made many different types of cookies during the winter months. warm cookies and milk on a Saturday morning are one of my fondest memories.

  29. My father didn’t cook very often. He had three recipes in his rotation. Grilled cheese, potato latkes, and chocolate layer cake. I remember him pulling out all of the ingredients and bowls in preparation. Never a mixer – that wasn’t truly a *scratch* cake. It would take (seemingly) hours. I got to assist in small ways; throwing away egg shells, licking the bowl… And then it would be done. And it was delicious.

  30. I have my own recipe for pumpkin choc chip, a holiday fav for my husband. My best memories are the kids standing on chairs to decorate the christmas cookies. Colored sugar everywhere, the best cookies ever.

  31. Baking cakes and cookies is a BIG favorite of mine. I especially like anything w/ chocolate in it. When my kids come home, they always want chocolate chip cake. It is their fave.

  32. My mom always baked chocolate chip oatmeal cookies

  33. Those look great…

    My favorite memory of the kitchen is making cinnamon bread as a kid!

  34. My favorite baking memory was actually a mess up that ended up great. I was making Kentucky Pie for my husband and I over cooked it. It ended up being a dense brownie like thing inside of a pie crust. My husband loved the flavors so I made it again being very watchful of how done it was getting. I baked this one just right, but it turns out, my husband liked the over baked one better. He found the denseness of it after over baking t be quite appealing. The one I cooked properly, he said was too much like eating an under cooked brownie in a bad way, a little gummy and sticky. Now I only over bake Kentucky Pie. This story is not big or eventful, but it always reminds me that cooking is always up to the cook.. if you like it a little over done, that is your own special twist on the recipe.

  35. Back in the late 60’s/early 70’s, I picked up a copy of the Fleischmann’s Yeast “Baked Easy Yeast Book.” It was about 60 pages with color photos throughout. Everything I made from this little book was fabulous. I tried bagels, challah, irish soda break, something like monkey bread and others. I also used it during college when I had roommates. Made the kitchen smell sooo marvelous. Nice memories.

  36. I brag about Averie’s recipes and other tantalizing recipes on PInterest! I love looking for new recipes to try online.

  37. My favorite baking memory is spending an entire weekend baking Christmas cookies with my aunt every year. We’d bake dozens of different kinds and by the time we were done I didn’t even want to look at all of those cookies on Christmas! I looked forward to it every year as a child, and now continue the tradition with my younger cousins!

  38. My favorite baking recipe was actually pretty recent. I am in college and have been living on my own in an apartment with a kitchen for about a year. Up until then, I would always cook with my mother. She is an amazing cook and baker and I have always admired her ability to invent brand new recipes using only what she had on hand and never using a recipe. Her “experiments” would come out perfect every time. I always thought that I could only bake under her instruction and not on my own. When I started cooking and baking on my own, I discovered that I had actually absorbed more from her than I thought! So not too long ago I baked almond-cranberry brownies and brought some home to her – it was the first time she was blown away by my baking rather than the other way around! Now she can’t wait for me to bring home new goodies :)

  39. my favorite memory is making chocolate chip cookies with my 3 yr old granddaughter on a day she was not feeling good, hoping to bring a smile and help her feel better. and i turned my back and she had puked all in the cooking dough, crying saying she was sorry and than asking if she could lick the bowl when i was done after I cleaned her up.

  40. I remember cooking with my gram because she said my mom just couldn’t “cook” and nobody would know how to make the Polish food everyone liked, but making cookies was mom’s favorite thing – still is today.

    Christmas season was always so much fun for me as we took over the kitchen and kitchen table, so I could reach comfortably, to make what seemed like thousands of cookies. I remember always looking like the Pillsbury dough boy in my apron still covered in flour (yes in my hair too) as mom always let me stir, then as I got older add the flour to the mixing bowl (mixer made a mess – never me).

    Cookies were always the gift from mom and me. Now my daughter is the baker (can’t cook much but perhaps its in her genes) so a lot of the tradition continues. Even though mom still brings a cookie tin of homemade cookies each Christmas for every family.

  41. My favorite baking memory actually happened last Christmas with my boyfriend and his mom. They had a family tradition of baking hundreds of Christmas cookies from an old German recipe. We spent hours baking, decorating, taking pictures, and talking. It was a great way to spend time together and get to know her better. I also felt really special being included in their family tradition.

  42. Love Chocolate chip cookies!

  43. This is the finest mixer ever

  44. it has to be making christmas butter cookies..the whole family got involved each year and we created many fun memories

  45. One of my favorite cooking moments is when I would go to my grandmothers house and she would make me anything that I wanted it didn’t matter. Now mind you she had won many cooking awards for her wonderful cooking she was the best. She anything I wanted I always asked for a cheeseburger, french fries and a chocolate shake and sure enough she would whip it up for me with lot of love. I think this is where I received my love for cooking was from my grandmother she would patiently bake and cook with me everytime I would come to visit. So now that I have a granddaughter I am starting this tradition with her and have had many opportunities to bake with her the great thing is she is only 2 1/2 years old, but when she comes over she says Bubby (that’s what she calls me) can we make cookies or brownies. I always do I want her to have that love for baking that was instilled in me.

  46. When my kids were little, one of their favorite things to do was help me bake. They would get a chair and stand on it beside me at the kitchen counter. It would be snowing outside, we would have the fire going and I would lite cinnamon apple candles. When my husband would come home, he walked into the delicious home cooking smells. Those are some of best memories that I have. Very warm and cozy!

  47. When I was a little girl I would sleep over my grandmother’s house (Memere). While I was there I would help her make Pecan Pies and some White fudge, even my grandfather (Pepere) would get in on the act. When the fudge was ready he would sometimes sneak me a piece. I still make my Memere’s pecan pies. Now they are my specialties.

  48. My favorite memory was making snickerdoodles with my grandma when I was really little. My brother and I would go over to her house and we’d make the dough in her blue KitchenAid mixer (it was already 20+ years old at this point and I’m 25 now) and we’d get to pick a color to dye the dough. As a kid my favorite part of the process was rolling the dough into balls and then coating it in the cinnamon sugar. Then, once all of the cookies were baked we’d make vanilla frosting and my brother and I each got to pick a color to dye the frosting. After the exhausting process of choosing colors we’d make snickerdoodle cookie sandwiches then sit down at the table with a big glass of milk and enjoy the fruits of our labors.

  49. My two most favorite flavors are pumpkin and chocolate. I need to put them together more often.

  50. I don’t know if this is a “favorite” baking story, but I sure learned a lesson from it! I was newly married and trying to impress when I made my first batch of homemade runzas. (think homemade hot pockets) I made the dough, let it rise, then rolled it out and filled it with the meat mixture. Right then the hogs decided to escape from the lot, so my help was needed outside. By the time I returned, the runzas had tripled in size, and I had no choice but to bake them. Once baked, each one ended up being the size of a dinner plate with lots of dough, lots of air, and not much filling. We still laugh about that!

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