Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

These were so fun to make and so good to eat!

I love baking ten times more than I enjoy cooking. I could bake sweet treats all day long. Everything doesn’t always work out but these were one of the few things that did and they were beautiful.
They didn’t get cooked too long and were the perfect texture. I’ll be honest. The first time I ever tried a pumpkin cookie I was 21 years old. Basically I didn’t eat any kind of dessert that had the words zucchini, carrot, or pumpkin in them. Those foods had no right being in any kind of dessert in my book. But, here were two of my cute roommates cooking up a batch of pumpkin cookies *gasp! so I thought if they liked them then they couldn’t be that bad. So right. These are one my favorite cookies now and I always look forward to them when Fall rolls around.  
1 cup shortening
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the vanilla and pumpkin until well blended.
Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; stir into the pumpkin mixture. Mix in the chocolate chips. Stir in the walnuts if desired. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until edges begin to brown. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets before removing to wire racks to cool completely.



  1. November 20, 2012 / 3:20 AM

    Thanks for the recipe. Yummm

  2. November 20, 2011 / 11:58 PM

    Thanks for this recipe!!! I made it and loved it! I’m mentioning it in my blog tomorrow!

  3. October 18, 2011 / 11:42 PM

    these look absolutely delicious. i wish i could just take one out of the screen right now.. or maybe 2.. or 3.

    just hopped over from your post at daily polkadots.. glad i did :)

  4. October 13, 2011 / 4:51 PM

    Once Fall rolls around, I’m constantly next to the stove, baking away! One of my favorite life things:-) xoxo

  5. October 13, 2011 / 4:26 PM

    Those look delicious! Just stopping by your blog from Mrs. T, Naturally. :)

  6. October 12, 2011 / 11:08 PM

    Hah! I totally know what you mean, zucchini bread just doesn’t seem right! But it’s yummy!

    I felt the same away about chick peas as well, chick peas should be sweet, but they are so delicious when they are!

  7. October 12, 2011 / 11:00 PM

    Oh gosh! What are you doing to me!? Ha ha jk…I just really want these now!

  8. October 12, 2011 / 10:08 PM

    Lu-looooooooove pumpkin cookies!! I have some left over dough in my fridge that I’m planning on baking when I get home. :) I think my recipe is similar to yours.

    P.s. Be sure to check out the giveaway I’m hosting on my blog! :)

  9. October 12, 2011 / 9:34 PM

    mmm those look so good! i don’t think i’ve tried pumpkin cookies either… i will soon though ;)

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