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[The Cookie Elf File] Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies and Other Cookie Recipes for Thanksgiving
November 25, 2014
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Feature: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies - Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Variation

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies are a fun and easy variation on the classic chocolate chip cookie recipe – a perfect drop cookie that allows you to use leftover pumpkin puree.

While many pumpkin cookie recipes produce cake-like cookies, this one is different. The credit goes to two simple steps: melting the butter and replacing the eggs with pumpkin puree. The result is a wonderful chewy pumpkin cookie, rather than a cake-like cookie. Plus, this recipe is easy because it is mixed entirely by hand. There's no need to get out the electric mixer!

Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 8-10 minutes
Makes about 3-4 dozen cookies

Get the full recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies and see all kinds of chocolate chip cookie variations on The Elf’s Chocolate Chip Cookies Pinterest Board.

Cookie Baking Tip of the Week: Which Pumpkin Puree to Use in Cookie Recipes

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When using pumpkin puree in cookies, keep in mind the difference between canned pumpkin puree and fresh pumpkin puree.

  • Canned pumpkin puree has an even texture and flavor. Use it over fresh cooked pumpkin if you want consistency.
  • Most canned pumpkin purees contain squash, even if they are labeled “100% pumpkin.” The USDA specifies ingredients for canned puree as "prepared from clean, sound, properly matured, golden fleshed, firm shelled, sweet varieties of either pumpkins and squashes by washing, stemming, cutting, steaming and reducing to a pulp." If you are a pumpkin purist, cook your own puree. Make sure you drain it well.

See more helpful baking tips on The Elf’s Baking Tips Pinterest Board .

More Cookie Recipes for Thanksgiving from The Elf

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That’s it for now. See you next time!

Happy baking,

The Cookie Elf

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