Monday, September 26, 2011

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

First, sorry for being MIA from the blog the past week...I'll get into why in my next post, but first I just wanted to make it up to you all with some Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. Okay, sorry...not actual cookies, but a recipe for some! It's not the same, I know!


This recipe comes was adapted from this recipe I found on www.allrecipes.com. I changed it around to make them healthier so that I wouldn't feel so guilty about eating one a few of them all of them.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (you can use 2 cups all purpose flour if you want!)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups mini semisweet chocolate chips

To make:
  1. Combine the pumpkin*, brown and white sugar, vegetable oil, applesauce, and egg.
  2. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour (all purpose and whole wheat, or completely all purpose), baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt.
  3. Dissolve the baking soda with the milk. I thought this was sort of a weird step but I did it anyways (i.e. I'm not sure of how significant of a step it is and I don't know that much about baking and I wasn't about to screw this recipe up).

    Pour this into the wet pumpkin mixture.
  4. Pour the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture and mix well. Add the vanilla and chocolate chips.
  5. Drop spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes (you won't be able to tell that they are "browning" but they will become firm).
This recipe makes about 30 cookies, depending on how large you make them (I don't skimp!). I plugged the ingredients into My Fitness Pal and came up with about 120 calories per cookie, 3.8 grams of fat, 20 carbs, and 10 grams of sugar (compare to a Kroger Bakery Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie which has 240 calories, 10 grams of fat, 36 carbs, and 21 grams of sugar...that means I can have two of mine, right?).

Most of the calories come from the chocolate chips, and you will probably never hear me say this again, but I think the cookies have a little too much chocolate in them and it overpowers the flavor of the pumpkin. So maybe next time I will reduce the amount of chocolate chips and see how it goes. They are still definitely delicious though! I find these particularly yummy when they are cold, so I store them in the refrigerator. Let me know if you try them and how you like them!


*A can of pumpkin has about 1.5 cups of pumpkin. If you're looking for an idea for something to do with the last 1/2 cup of pumpkin, try making a pumpkin smoothie!

1 comment:

  1. So the only question is: do I make these for myself on Thursday or do I make them on Saturday and share them with others? These look amazing!

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