Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

 

One of the great things about KLUTCHclub is that they include a few food ingredients you can use in a ton of different recipes. So far, the whole flax meal I got in one of my boxes has been one of my favorite items to get from them. (You can read my KLUTCHclub Cooking Essentials review here.)  I especially love to use my flax in my cookies.

I am all about pumpkins. Not just during Autumn, but year round. I fell in love with the idea of a chewy pumpkin chocolate chip recipe after finding a recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction. I tried her recipe out and it was great, but I thought of a couple of alterations I could make to make them a little more healthy and incorporate my subscription box ingredient.

 

pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

One of my goals in baking is to try and make the food I make just a little more nutrient dense. This is my own way of justifying my weekly baking adventures. Usually I do this by using my flax meal or adding whole wheat flour. What I like about these ingredients is their slightly nutty taste and chewiness. I had to adjust the recipe a bit because I wanted to use whole wheat flour and add in the flax meal – both of which absorb liquid more than all-purpose flour. On the surface this sounds great because pumpkin puree is full of moisture, but both ingredients together can make a cookie taste cakey fast.

 

pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

 

The first few times I tried out the recipe, there was not enough pumpkin flavor for me – at the same time, I felt I was really pushing the limits on moisture in the cookie. I decided I would increase the pumpkin just a little, swap out some of the all-purpose flour with the whole wheat and mix the flax in the pumpkin to absorb as much of the moisture as possible.It was a good plan, but the flax and whole wheat took away from the vibrant pumpkin color in the original recipe. Instead, it looks deceptively like a regular chocolate chip cookie. I suppose I can’t have everything, can I?

 pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Ingredients
  • 1 Stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup, plus 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • ½ granulated white sugar
  • 8 tablespoons (3/4 cup) of pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix!)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 4 tablespoons whole flax meal*
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ baking soda
  • ¼ baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, plus 2 tablespoons
  • ½ bar Green & Blacks Dark Chocolate*
Instructions
  1. Soften the butter by leaving it out for about an hour. Heat the butter until it just starts to melt, but has not melted all the way. If you use a microwave, 5 - 10 seconds should do.
  2. Mix the flax meal with the pumpkin puree.
  3. Whip the butter and sugars together in a separate bowl and add the vanilla.
  4. Slowly add the pumpkin and flax mixture until thoroughly combined.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sea salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice.
  6. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, half a cup at a time.
  7. Fold in the ¾ cup of chocolate chips.
  8. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  9. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper and roll the dough into balls. Lightly flatten the dough balls and space them on the baking sheet about an inch apart.
  10. Bake for approximately 10 minutes.
  11. Take out cookies and allow to cool on the baking sheet.
Notes
* Subscription box ingredients.

 

I had some fun experimenting with the chocolate chunks while formulating my recipe. I tried sticking them in before baking and sticking them in after. As you can see, the dark chocolate has such a low melting point, it completely melted and spread apart in the oven. I have to say, I like the way they look – what do you think?

 

pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Have you ever received the KLUTCHclub Cooking Essentials box before? What recipes have you used your whole flax meal in?