First off, I just wanted to say thank to everyone who voted in the Eating While Gaming poll. So far it looks like most of you prefer to have small snacks while you battle in the virtual world. My hat off to all of you for your multitasking abilities! The poll is still open if you’d like to cast your vote.
Now, onto the task at hand. The following recipe is my contribution to the pumpkinstravaganza that occurs at the start of every fall. In addition to the autumn staples of pumpkin pies and squash soups, I’ll try a few new pumpkin recipes every year to see if any are worthy of being placed into my regular rotation. In previous years I’ve been addicted to various pumpkin breads. This year, I went out on a limb and decided it was time I try to accept the combination of pumpkin and chocolate.
In my mind, pumpkin and chocolate are two great tastes that don’t taste great together. I’m not a big fan of spicy chocolate. That is, chocolate flavored with the likes of cinnamon and such. (Cayenne and chocolate is brilliant!) Since you can’t make anything pumpkin without spice, I’ve always avoided recipes that commingle pumpkin and chocolate. But a recent perusal of our pantry and a desire for something different in the pumpkin department was all that was needed to bring about change, because I’m now pretty much in love with these cookies: soft pumpkin cookies with peanut butter and milk chocolate chips. Why peanut butter/chocolate chips? Because the choice came down to those or semi-sweet chocolate chips, and I already had plans for the latter. Remarkably, the peanut butter and milk chocolate chips work really well in this recipe. They aren’t strong or overly sweet, and they don’t compete with the spice and pumpkin flavors.
After perusing the web for recipes, I came up with my own. One of the big differences is that I used both all-purpose and bread flour. While I’d like to have a fancy, scientific reason for this, things went that way because I didn’t have enough all-purpose flour. I think the bread flour definitely helped the cookies turn out beautifully moist and chewy — somewhere between fluffy cake and a traditional, biscuit-y cookie. Because of their texture, they are great straight out of the oven or completely cooled. And they are simply divine with cold milk or hot coffee.
Soft pumpkin cookies with peanut butter and milk chocolate chips
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup bread flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
(you could probably also use a couple teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice in place of the individual spices)
2 sticks (1 cup) softened unsalted butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg (large or XL)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup 100% pumpkin puree (PLEASE no pumpkin pie mix!)
1 bag peanut butter and milk chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 and line 1-2 cookie sheets with parchment, foil, or silicone mats.
- Sift together all the dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.
- Place the butter in a large mixing bowl along with the granulated and brown sugars. With a hand mixer (or using a stand mixer, lucky you!) cream together the butter and sugars on medium speed until mixture is light yellow and fluffy.
- Lower the mixing speed and add in the egg, vanilla, and pumpkin. Mix well.
- Add in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredient by large cup fulls, mixing well after each addition.
- Remove the mixer once done and stir in the chips by hand.
- Drop the dough by spoonfuls (large, small, whatever you like) onto the baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes or until the edges look firm and slightly browned.
- When you take the pan out of the oven, let it rest for two minutes before removing the cookies to cooling racks.
Be sure to have a tasty libation at the ready and have at!
Let’s see just how many blogs Cary can put on her roster before going mad! While you’ll find her here on occasion, you’ll more likely to catch her over on United We Game or Geek Force Network; or better yet, working on her own blog about gaming and nostalgia and such, Recollections of Play.