Fall is definitely here, there is no denying it. The sky is dark when I leave classes, the air is brisk, and the trees are displaying their usual vibrant array of colors. On a slightly more pessimistic note, classes are in full swing, with essays, midterms, and group projects aplenty. In fact, I’m posting this recipe and wishing I had some cookies for comfort as I trudge through my list of things to do and attempt to review programming.
But, I’m not here to rant about school. I’m here to talk about one fantastic fall food item….pumpkin!!
It was my cousin’s birthday last week, and I felt the need to bake something yummy but fall-ish. So I decided to make pumpkin, nutella, chocolate chip cookies. Yes, that’s right, pumpkin AND nutella! If you are not a fan of pumpkin, you can easily make these cookies with only nutella and chocolate chips. But I highly suggest you try the pumpkin. It gives the cookies a nice chewiness, and keeps them from drying out. My cousin and his roommates enjoyed the batch!
2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cups packed brown sugar
3/4 cups white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 sticks butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup nutella (or half of a jar)
1 cup pumpkin
2 cups chocolate chips
In a small bowl, mix the flour, salt, and baking soda.
In a larger bowl, cream the butter and sugars. Add the vanilla and add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add the pumpkin and nutella. Mix together.
Incorporate the flour mixture into the “wet” mixture, until the two are well-blended. Add the chocolate chips and any other goodies you enjoy in your cookies (walnuts or pecans would probably be delicious!)
Chill the batter for about 15-20 minutes in the freezer. I usually keep the batter in the freezer until my oven is warmed to the right temperature and ready to go.
Drop the cookie dough onto a baking sheet using a teaspoon as a measuring tool. Bake the cookies on 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes. These cookies take a little longer to cook than normal cookies because of all the pumpkin goodness. Enjoy!