November 21st, 2011

Meatless Monday: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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As squash-vember comes to an end, I know I will always look back on it fondly. I was getting a little weary of straightforward squash recipes, so I decided to branch out and create a baking recipe. For those of you who haven’t tried it, creating a baking recipe is really difficult, because it isn’t just “a pinch of this” “a pinch of that” “if you don’t like it, take it out.” A baking recipe has to be precise, which isn’t my strong suit. It also has to be something different, because there are a million chocolate chip cookie recipes out there, and if you aren’t careful, you’ll end up accidentally plagiarizing (which is never fun and rarely delicious).

So this cookies are super chewy and moist. Be careful with the oven timing – because of the orange color, they’ll never quite look “done” like a regular chocolate chip cookie. They may not be sweet enough for those with a sweet tooth, so maybe this is a cookie for us healthy people to keep to ourselves.

Carnivore Boyfriend Review: “It tastes like pumpkin bread in a cookie”

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 sticks butter, softened

1 cup agave syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 cup pumpkin puree

2 cups chocolate chips

Sift the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, combine butter, agave, vanilla, and eggs. Stir to combine, then add pumpkin puree. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, then stir in chocolate chips. Drop a third to half the batter on a sheet of plastic wrap, and form into a log. Repeat with the rest of the batter. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Preheat oven to 375°. Slice refrigerated log into cookies, and bake on a greased cookie sheet for 12-14 minutes. Yield 36 cookies. The dough freezes well, so you don’t have to bake it all at once.

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