We are introduced, at an early age, to the sweet wondernous of a cookie. From teething cookies to soothe the swollen aching gums of incoming incisors, onto animal crackers purchased in rectangular-shaped boxes bearing a string handle for easy toting by little fingers. Deciding which part of the animal should be eaten first-the trunk of the elephant or the tail of a lion-depended on how hungry one was. Savor each and every one or simply gobble them down as fast as possible.

My next cookie memory would be the ever famous, possibly all-time favorite, the chocolate chip cookie. There is nothing better than to bite into a round circle of baked dough sprinkled with gooey melt-in-your-mouth chocolate. A chocolate chip cookie can dry tears, heal broken hearts, mend scraped knees and elbows and solve sibling arguments. Most of the problems in the world could likely be solved by a properly baked, right out of the oven, chocolate chip cookie. The power of a cookie is underestimated.

I will attempt in the next 365 days to prepare and comment on a year’s worth of different cookies-one for each day. My goal is to share with others my extreme love of cookies-baking them and especially eating them! Feel free to send me your favorite recipe, your earliest cookie memories, or how cookies may have influenced your life. Cookies Rule!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Cookie Recipe #294 - Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

Today's cookie is soft and cake-like, slightly pumpkiny and loaded with chocolate chips-a keeper!

Ingredients: 1 cup shortening (I used butter), 2 cups granulated sugar, 2 eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1 (15 ounce)can pumpkin puree, 4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 pinch ground nutmeg, 1 cup (I usually double this)semisweet chocolate chips, 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional).

Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or grease lightly; set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and granulated sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the vanilla and pumpkin until well blended. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; stir into the pumpkin mixture. Mix in the chocolate chips. Stir in the walnuts, if desired. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets.

Bake for 12-15 minutes in the preheated 375 degree oven, until edges begin to brown. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool.

Makes about 6 dozen cookies.

Submitted by Diane at http://allrecipes.com.

Cookies Rule!!!

1 comment:

  1. Love that I can type in a search term and find all cookies that have that ingredient. I like to use your blog as a cookie cookbook :)