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Soft and Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft and Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • Author: Leslie Kiszka
  • Prep Time: 1 hour (includes chilling time)
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes (each batch)
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: About 18 cookies 1x

Description

These are the softest, chewiest pumpkin cookies loaded with chocolate chips – and there’s no mixer required!


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice*
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup Karo® Corn Syrup
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips of choice (milk, semi-sweet or dark)

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in your preferred manner (either in the microwave or in a small saucepan on the stove), and let cool slightly (about 10 minutes).
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, pumpkin pie spice*, baking soda and salt. Whisk to combine, and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar and corn syrup. Whisk to combine.
  4. Add pumpkin and vanilla, and whisk again to combine.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and stir until just combined. Add chocolate chips and stir again until just combined.
  6. Cover bowl and place in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes, preferably 1 hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with nonstick silicon mats (aff link) or parchment paper. Set aside.
  8. Use a medium cookie scoop (aff link) to portion out dough onto first prepared baking sheets (no more than 6 on a sheet at a time), roll into balls, flatten the tops a bit with your hand or the bottom of a glass, and bake for 10 minutes. Let cool for 10-15 minutes on baking sheet, then move to wire rack (aff link) to cool completely.
  9. Put the bowl of dough back in the fridge between each batch to ensure it stays chilled as long as possible – this will make it easier to work with and more uniform when they bake. Enjoy!

Notes

*If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, substitute the following: 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

  • Make sure all your canned pumpkin is room temperature before you start – if you had some leftover in the fridge that you’re going to be using, just let it set out for 15 minutes to come to room temperature. The texture changes slightly when it’s chilled and could be difficult to combine, so make your life easier and start with room temperature canned pumpkin.
  • Use a large sturdy whisk for mixing the wet ingredients, then switch over to a wooden spoon or spatula for the rest. The mixture will get too thick for the whisk and get stuck in it.
  • Use your favorite kind of chocolate chips: semi-sweet, milk chocolate, dark chocolate – whatever you like! You can even use mini chocolate chips if you want.
  • Cover your bowl of dough with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, but I recommend 1 hour. Chilling the dough is non-negotiable because it’s pretty sticky and needs that time to firm up before you bake them.
  • Press down on the top of each cookie (and add a few more chocolate chips to the top, if you want, for presentation’s sake) to flatten them a bit – they won’t spread much as they bake. They will be a bit puffy when they first come out of the oven and then deflate a bit and crinkle on top as they cool.
  • I find the best results when you portion out 6 cookies on each baking sheet, but only work on sheet at a time. Scoop out six cookies from your chilled dough, roll them into balls, flatten the tops, stick the pan in the oven and put the bowl back in the fridge. Keeping the dough chilled until you’re ready for it will result in evenly baked cookies, and they’ll be more uniform in size and spread.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: chewy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin spice chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin spice cookies

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