10.15.2013

"THE" PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES


(p.s. after yesterday's post i got a few requests for my pumpkin bread recipe. i'll get that together right quick. in the meantime . . . this!)

last year i shared a pretty great recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. they weren't "theeeee" pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, but they were still pretty great. (you'll have to read that post for the back story, it's involved). 

not even three weeks after i posted that recipe, i got an email from my friend rachel, who'd gotten an email from her sister sarah, who said that her mom had said that finally she could share the super duper top secret ultra hush-hush famous stratford pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe--the recipe that we all obsessed over for years and years and years--with the world at large. i about died and immediately made four batches. 

that's maybe a slight exaggeration but you've come to expect that here by now.

the difference between regular pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies is enormous. like red vines vs twizzlers. yes, twizzlers are amazing, but red vines are for grown ups. this recipe remains, to this day, the very best cookie of my very entire life, i really think you'll enjoy it. 

(by this time in my career as a human i'm starting to feel rather like an expert in all the things chocolate chip, which actually is really rather nice. like a distinctive honor of some kind, possibly a knighthood!?)

so, right. 

"the" pumpkin chocolate chip cookies     !!!
recipe straight from the horse's mouth (sister stratford looks nothing like a horse)

wet ingredients
2 eggs
3/4 cups canola oil (i'll usually do a half cup instead)
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups sugar
1 can of pumpkin (about a cup and a half) (my sources tell me libby's is best)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

dry ingredients
3 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon*
1 1/2 tsp nutmeg*
(*alternatively you could use 1T pumpkin pie spice, or, if you're me, 1T straight up cinnamon, cause that's how i roll)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
as many chocolate chips as you need, spiritually.  (milk chocolate. guittard are best.)

mix wet and dry ingredients until smooth, then drop by the spoonful onto your cookie sheet using a scoop or large spoon. bake at 400 degrees F for 10-12 minutes, or until the middle of the cookie feels firm to the touch.

these make a light, cake-y, highly addictive cookie. and please note also that these will bake up looking exactly the way they looked as lumps of dough on your cookie sheet, so if aesthetics are a priority, you're gonna want to put some real effort into a more artful form of plopping. i forget this most of the time and thus mine usually look a little like cow pies.

enjoy! 
and thank you, sister stratford! :)
(according to actual popular vote.)

44 comments :

  1. so, yeah. i should probably try these.

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  2. I, like basically everyone else, am 100% obsessed with putting pumpkin in EVERYTHING right about now...so I definitely want to try this recipe!

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  3. lol at the the "spiritually" cant wait to try it out. Four batches might not be enough though!

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  4. I made your last recipe the other night and my teenage connoisseur said it "needed more spice or something." I think that molasses is going to do it! Thanks so much.

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  5. Nancy released her pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe?! I'm dying with you, sister! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. That looks and sounds delicious! I agree with you on the guittard chocolate chips...they are simply divine.

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  7. Welp. I just figured out Tuesday. Thanks for sharing this!

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  8. on my to do list today was finding a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe!

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  9. This looks so good. I'm going to have to make them! -Hanna Marie

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  10. I am so making these today! I love me a good pumpkin chocolate chip...well, anything! I have a really good muffin recipe. My only complaint with pumpkin chocolate chip cookies is that they get slimy on the top when you store them. I must figure out a way to not have that happen.

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  11. Such a small world! I know the Stratfords! Though any time someone mentions members from CT, that is bound to happen.

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  12. Ahhhmazing!!

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  13. YUM! What a great combination! Definitely adding these to the list!

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  14. My daughter's name is Libby, after the can of pumpkin. Not really........but, really. :) Mmmmmm.

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  15. yum yum -- thank you for sharing with the masses!!!!!

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  16. Canned pumpkin?! We have no such products in New Zealand.

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    1. Use mashed yam. You can't tell the difference. I made these last night with a leftover cooked yam and let me just say... No, there are no words. Nat does it again. Bless this woman.

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  17. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    xo
    Rachel

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  18. Just made these and you're right, these are "the" pumpkin chocolate chip cookies! :)

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  19. Kathleen Kelly, Anne Shirley, and now Red Vines. Such a kindred spirit.

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  20. totally deserve knighthood on this one :) !

    xx ALecia www.likesof.us

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  21. Guittard milk chocolate chips. Thank you and amen. I scoff at nestle.

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  22. so i made these and love them so much i had to blog about them. thanks for the awesome pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe i've been looking for for...just about forever!

    http://www.fetebyb.blogspot.com/2013/10/of-pumpkins-and-cookies.html

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  23. mm these look super yummy! this is off topic but I just caught up with some of the negative comments you have been getting, I'm sure you know this already but they are idiots. I adore your writing style and your love for your family and little boy comes across just so genuinely, it's a pleasure to read! I have a little boy named Wilf and it's the best :)
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  24. These look great! I am definitely going to try them :)

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  25. These look great! I'm definitely going to try them!! :)

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  26. These sound so tasty - and the perfect fall treat! I will attempt to make "the" pumpkin chocolate chip cookies this weekend for a get together with my girl friends! What could be better than carving pumpkins while eating chocolate chip pumpkin cookies on a fall day with friends? I think I may have to try a batch with dark chocolate chips, too!
    Thanks for the recipe - I'm hoping mine turn out just as good as yours!

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  27. made these over the weekend and love them! last fall I made a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie that was not the best. I told myself never again. stick to pumpkin bread - my favorite. But as soon as I say your blogpost for "the" pumpkin chocolate chip cookies I had to try again. so happy I did. they are delicious. thank you!

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  28. These are sooo good! Could eat the all day - every day! Thanks for the recipe!

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  29. These cookies are *incredible*!! Thank you for sharing the recipe - I've already polished off two and will be having another after baby goes to bed. ;)

    Also - I loved the cue for adding chocolate chips to meet spiritual needs. That may be my favourite recipe instruction to date. Nicely done!

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  30. These cookies are *incredible*!! Thank you for sharing the recipe - I've already polished off two and will be having another after baby goes to bed. ;)

    Also - I loved the cue for adding chocolate chips to meet spiritual needs. That may be my favourite recipe instruction to date. Nicely done!

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  31. I made these today and felt they were missing some taste - maybe a teaspoon of ginger and a teaspoon of allspice might do the trick?

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  32. Ah I have this huge pumpkin at home which I don't know what to do with. Might attempt this recipe
    Lucia's Loves
    x

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  33. and i'm gonna need to make these!

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  34. I made these (my soul needed LOTS of chocolate chips), and even my pumpkin-hating boyfriend liked them! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I'll definitely be making them again.

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