My original plan for the pumpkins we had left over at our place after Halloween was to smoke them on the BBQ and make a funky soup. But as you all know by now God seems to strongly dislike me and we got insane winds, rain and brutal cold for a good number of days straight. So I was resolved to just making a much more standard soup when my girlfriend tells me she has a recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Chocolate and pumpkins I say?! I’d never seen that combo until now and much like corn, I am not sure how to process that. Some of you will think I am crazy when I say this but I am not a fan of pumpkin pie. I just can’t get over that floopy goopy texture. So let’s just say I was extremely skeptical about this recipe. Lucky for me all I had to do was try them once they were ready. Hmmm, shove cookie into face and chew? I think I can handle that. The things I do for love.
Love Potion Cookies
1/2 cup + 2 tbsps Canola oil
1 cup brown sugar(de-clumped)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup of pumpkin puree
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp nutmeg(original recipe called for powdered ginger but we had none, plus look how sexy that nutmeg is!)
1 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup of chocolate chips
Alright I know that is a long list of ingredients but most of those should already be readily available in your pantry. Also, there are very few steps aside from assembling the ingredients so don’t get all chicken on me just because that is a long list there.
Let’s get to it!
First mix the oil and brown sugar together in a mixer. No sweat right?
Next, Add the eggs, vanilla, and the pumpkin puree to the mixer and mix well. Easy stuff so far?
Ok here is where it gets crazy…get a SECOND bowl and mix all of the dry ingredients together. I hope I didn’t lose anyone there! Now mix the dry ingredients with the wet mix. I sure have said mix alot so far in this article. Sorry about the mix up. Finally, add the chocolate chips in and make sure they aren’t all bunched up in one spot.
Preheat the oven to 375f. Grease a cookie sheet and, using a soup spoon, scoop nice balls of batter a few inches apart onto the sheet. I know they look yummy even in raw batter form but please try to control yourself and wait until they are done. No one wants their lady friend telling them they are yet again an “idiot” when they complain about a sore gut from too much uncooked dough in it. Oven ready? Slide these bad boys in and bake them for 10 to 12 minutes. KABLAMO! You got yourself some hopefully kick ass cookies.
You might say hey what the hell phatman? You didn’t do anything in this article other than wait for your girlfriend to bake! Damn straight. And now I eat. I may mess up recipes sometimes but I get the eating part right nearly every time. Let’s give it a shot. Ok, open mouth? Check. Insert cookie? Check. Chew? Check. Holy hot damn! These things are good. Wait, not just good. They come out nice and thick. Super fluffy and moist. The same texture as those really thick molasses cookies you can find, you know?
Seriously, why hasn’t someone made these for me before? Fast forward a week or two and my lovely lady has now made me about 5 batches of these. Despite my best efforts in the gym I have gained 4 pounds since. No joke. 4 pounds. That is how good these are. Well, it is decided. This is now my official thing I will do with pumpkins every fall for the rest of my life.
When you get home do you tell someone there that you love them? Do you ever make them these cookies? No? Well then those professions of love are a flat out lie. Why would you lie to people like that? Until you have had these made for you then sadly I must say you do not know what love is.
I suppose now is a good time to mention as well that if you have young kids at home it would be advisable to lie to them when they ask you where you got the pumpkins for this. They may not react well when you tell them that the beautifully decorated pumpkins they worked so hard on got gutted to become cookies. It is ok to lie to kids. They buy it all the time. Lying to kids is the foundation for love. With that love one day comes these cookies my friends. “How can anyone say that about precious children??” Gee, I don’t know. Where do kids get those piles of gifts on Christmas? Eh? Maybe we should ask that guy who leaves the chocolates for them at Easter? Or that lady who leaves them money when they lose a tooth? Checkmate.
I have been with my girlfriend for 14 excruciatingly blissfully long years, bought a house together and adopted 2 kids. She just made me these cookies after all that time. Now we are finally getting serious.