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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I found it. The perfect pumpkin cookie, soft and fluffy like a muffin top, and studded with mini morsels of chocolate. Divine, I tell you.

Of course, I wouldn’t wish it on anyone to allow a whole batch to sit on one’s kitchen counter, tearing down what little self-control they’d built… up to that point. Solution: Make them for a party. And leave empty-handed! Or take them on a hike and bust them out at the summit as a surprise for your friends (everything tastes that much better in the backcountry!).


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup applesauce + 1 tbsp oil (or 1/2 cup oil)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1-2 cups mini chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees; line cookie sheet with parchment
  2. In a small bowl: Mix together pumpkin, sugar, applesauce, oil, and egg
  3. In a large bowl: Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and cloves
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry; don’t over-mix!
  5. Add vanilla and fold in chocolate chips
  6. Drop batter in 1 tbsp increments, 1 inch apart
  7. Bake 10-13 minutes (depending on size of cookie and elevation)
  8. Slide parchment (with cookies) onto cooling rack when they’re done.
  9. Enjoy while warm. So, so good!

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