Soft and Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Three years ago I posted a recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. And there’s a version in my cookbook, Cooking With Pumpkin.

But this version trumps all. Practice makes perfect when it comes to cookie-making and anything pumpkin.

Soft and Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies - No cakey cookies here!! Soft, chewy, thick, loaded with chocolate and bold pumpkin flavor! Your new favorite pumpkin cookies!!

After many trials and lots of cookies, these are my favorite pumpkin chocolate chip cookies yet because they’re soft, thick, perfectly chewy and not cakey, which is a problem that often plagues pumpkin cookies. I love pumpkin cakemuffins, and bread but I don’t like cakey cookies.

To combat the cakiness there’s no egg in the dough. Eggs make things fluffier but pumpkin puree does that naturally much like bananas do. I’ve baked plenty of vegan pumpkin cakes and muffins and know from experience that many times when you’re baking with pumpkin you don’t need eggs and these cookies are a prime example.

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Soft and Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies - No cakey cookies here!! Soft, chewy, thick, loaded with chocolate and bold pumpkin flavor! Your new favorite pumpkin cookies!!

The cozy and comforting pumpkin flavor just shines. Between the molasses, pumpkin pie spice, and pumpkin pie spice extract that I used, the cookies beautifully showcase the flavors of fall.

And as a bonus there’s loads of chocolate in every bite.

Soft and Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies - No cakey cookies here!! Soft, chewy, thick, loaded with chocolate and bold pumpkin flavor! Your new favorite pumpkin cookies!!

Soft and Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

The cookies are soft, thick, perfectly chewy and not cakey which is a problem that often plagues pumpkin cookies. To combat the cakiness there’s no egg in the dough and the cozy and comforting pumpkin flavor just shines. Between the molasses, pumpkin pie spice, and pumpkin pie spice extract, the cookies beautifully showcase the flavors of fall. And as a bonus there’s loads of chocolate in every bite.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (use the remainder in  these recipes)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon mild or medium-flavored molasses (not blackstrap, too intense)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Pumpkin Pie Spice Extract (McCormick Vanilla Extract may be substituted)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (a mixture of cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg if you don’t have pumpkin pie spice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. To a large, microwave-safe bowl add the butter and heat on high power to melt, about 1 minute.
  2. Add the pumpkin puree, sugars, molasses, pumpkin pie spice extract, and whisk to combine until smooth.
  3. Add the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, salt, and stir until just combined.
  4. Add the chocolate chips and stir to combine.
  5. Using a large cookie scoop, 1/4-cup measure, or your hands, form approximately 11 equal-sized mounds of dough and flatten slightly. Tip – Strategically place a few chocolate chips on top of each mound of dough by taking chips from the underside and adding them on top.
  6. Place mounds on a large plate or tray, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, up to 5 days. Do not bake with unchilled dough because cookies will bake thinner, flatter, and be more prone to spreading.
  7. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray. Place dough mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet) and bake for about 12 to 14 minutes (12 1/2 minutes is perfect in my oven), or until edges have set and tops are just set, even if slightly undercooked, pale, and glossy in the center; don’t overbake. Cookies firm up as they cool. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 10 minutes before serving. I let them cool on the baking sheet and don’t use a rack.
  8. Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.
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