Crispy & Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Monday, October 17, 2011




Crispy & Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup ground gingersnaps
1/3 cup old fashioned oats

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons corn syrup
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (You could sub. 1 1/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice for all of these spices)
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon clove
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat cookie sheets with cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together melted 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, walnuts, gingersnap crumbs, and oats until well incorporated. Place crumbs on a cookie sheet and bake 10 minutes or until very light golden brown and toasted; set aside.

Increase oven temperature to 375 degrees F.

Melt 1/2 cup butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until butter foams and turns golden brown. Pour into a large mixing bowl and cool for 5 minutes.

Place pumpkin in a small saucepan over medium heat, and cook 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until some of the moisture evaporates from pumpkin.

Place pumpkin, brown sugar, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, corn syrup and egg in bowl with browned butter; mix together using a mixer on medium high speed for 4 minutes. Beat in vanilla, baking soda, salt and spices until well combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour until well incorporated - about 1 minute. Stir in walnut-gingersnap crumbs and chocolate chips until combined.

Chill dough in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Drop tablespoons of dough onto cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 6-7 minutes before transferring cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes 2 dozen cookies
20 comments on "Crispy & Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies"
  1. It's time for a huge comming out: I never ever ate something with pumkin in it... I know, it's huge... But, you know, here in Quebec it's not that common to cook or bake with pumkins... Really, your cookies looks pretty good to me and I think I will bake these for a beggining with the all pumkin baking... You know what got me???? Browned butter, spices, ginger snaps and chocolate!

  2. Aww I miss lance berkman. He was my favorite basebalplayer when he played for the astros :( but the rangers are going to the world series, so I'm happy :)

    These cookies look so good!! I'm excited to try them!

  3. Hi Emily,

    I saw your buckets and buckets of black walnuts. Do you or your parents have any good tips on shelling these crazy nuts? My neighbor has some that he has offered, but they are so dang hard to crack and get any amount of decent size nut. Thought you guys might have a trick.

  4. Since the Phillies aren't in it, the menfolk in my circle have stopped talking about baseball. That's fine, since it's all Greek to me.

    Pretty awesome looking recipe! I also LOVE gingersnaps. I just saw a recipe somewhere (WHERE was it?) that used FIFTY FIVE ginger snaps. I wonder if that's basically a box. OH! It was Claire Whosie with her 1 1/2 ingredient recipes or whatever. 55 gingersnaps and butter for the crust. Pumpkin puree, egg yolks and evap milk for the filling. It didn't look bad.

  5. Do you bake with those walnuts?

    Walnuts may be my favorite nut, but they are so expensive!

  6. These look incredible! I love the thinness of them. Pumpkin & chocolate are such a delish combination.
    You go girl.

  7. I've never seen a cookie recipe like this before, with crumbs like that as an ingredient! So creative-- I like!

  8. I never knew about crumbs keeping a cookie chewier. I'm intrigued :)

  9. wow, Emily, these look so good. You take such beautiful pictures! Call me crazy, but I've never tried pumpkin and chocolate together? I always considered chocolatey desserts and the spice/pumpkin/cinammony ones to be in separate "dessert" categories. But I'll be sure to use the recipe to give it a shot!

  10. those cookies look perfect! I love chewy cookies and love pumpkin too!!

  11. This is my next pumpkin recipe. I will report back to you! :)

  12. These look amazing! I love how the cookies turned out crisp. Something you don't normally see in a pumpkin cookie.


  13. You are such an amazing baker girl! When is your cookbook coming out ;-)?

  14. These cookies look so good! I wish I had a black walnut tree in my yard. I do have several pecan trees, but I love walnuts too, and nuts are so expensive.

  15. So sorry I missed your blogiversary! I have so loved reading you these past four years. Looking forward to more of them in years to come.

    Very interesting cookie recipe. Love the stuff you put into them. I might even eat these even if they're pumpkin. ;-)

  16. Perfect for autumn! And with a good cup of tea, that'll be great on rainy days ^^

  17. haha.. a girl after my own heart! Even though i'm from southern illinois, my family has always been cards fans!


  18. YUMMERS!!! I just popped in my first batch. The dough is delish!!! Can't wait for the cookies :) Thanks for sharing your skills with the rest of us.

    Jennie {Cinnaberry Suite}

  19. These were outstanding!!! So delicious!!!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!!