Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Update:
**I had a few people comment on this recipe and say that their cookies didn't turn out. I updated and re-tested the recipe. You can find it here.**

I think the shipment of Libby's canned pumpkin took longer to get to our area. I started seeing pumpkin recipes on blogs wayyy before we had any. About two weeks ago it finally arrived.

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Libby's is the best. It really, really is. It has a brighter orange color and less water than other canned pumpkin - at least I think so. I didn't use Libby's last year in the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie and it was a huge mistake. The pumpkin pie just wasn't the same. At least I learned a valuable lesson.

Do you want to hear a memory I have of canned pumpkin? Okay.
Well, whenever my school would have a canned food drive, I would ask my mom to give me some cans so I could take them into school and donate them. Mom would always give me cans of pumpkin. I never really thought anything of it until now.
I can picture the organizers of the canned food drive handing out cans to homeless people. Can you imagine getting handed a can of pumpkin?

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I hear the canned pumpkin shortage is over, but I dunno if I believe it. I'm scared.
I think I'm going to stock up and buy cans and cans of pumpkin. I bought three, but that wasn't enough. I've already gone through it all.

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The first thing I baked were these Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. They were pretty fabulous, I'm not going to lie.

Here's what they have going for them:
1. Browned butter (love!)
2. A mixture of "crumbs" that you stir into the cookies and it makes them chewy. My inspiration was this. The crumbs are a mixture of dried milk, graham cracker crumbs, sugar, butter and cornstarch.
3. PUMPKIN
4. Spices
5. Chocolate chips
6. Toasted pecans

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Yay! I want to make these all over again. If anyone tries this recipe, let me know. I liked these pumpkin cookies because they weren't all puffy and cakey (not that there's anything wrong with that) and were crisp, yet soft and chewy. Now I'll probably experiment more with those crumbs in other cookies and baked goods. I have a lot of dried milk left. Dried milk isn't cheap! Who knew?!

That's all for today. Thank you for stopping by. Happy fall baking.

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1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup dried milk
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons granulated sugar + 3/4 cup, divided use
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted

Heat oven to 250 degrees F.

Melt 1/2 cup butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until butter foams and turns golden brown. Pour into a large mixing bowl and set aside for 15 minutes.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together melted 2 tablespoons butter, dried milk, graham cracker crumbs, 3 tablespoons sugar and cornstarch until well incorporated. Place crumbs on a small cookie sheet and bake 10 minutes or until very light golden brown and toasted; set aside.

Increase oven temperature to 375 degrees F. Coat cookie sheets with cooking spray.

Place pumpkin in a small saucepan over medium heat, and cook 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently, until most of liquid evaporates from pumpkin.

Place remaining 3/4 cup sugar and egg in bowl with browned butter; mix together using a mixer on medium high speed, for 3-4 minutes, or until mixture is well combined and fluffy; beat in pumpkin, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, salt and baking soda until well combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour until just combined. Stir in milk-graham cracker crumbs, chocolate chips and pecans until combined.

Drop tablespoons of dough onto greased cookie sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute before transferring cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes 2 dozen cookies

65 comments:

  1. ooh, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies! dried milk sounds like an oxymoron, because how can milk be dried?!? but that's probably cause i've never heard of it before. off to google it now! :D

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  2. oops, i just realised dried milk = powdered milk! silly me, i should've known :P

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  3. Goodness those look fabulous! And all those crumbs!? Graham cracker? What a genius idea...! Oh and we stocked up on pumpkin (Libby's of course) too...better safe that sorry!

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  4. I've never heard of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies but I am so going to make these. They look yummy! Tonight I plan on trying to make pumpkin cupcakes, hopefully they turn out!

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  5. Hmm, I'm totally ingruiged by this recipe; you're very clever. Normally pumpkin cookies are cakey and puffy, which is fine, but these look different....great! I just might have to try them once I buy powdered milk.

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  6. WOW! I love these cookies! They are loaded whit good stuff: brown butter, peacans, chocolate, spices... YUMMI!

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  7. I have a package of those on the way to my doorstep right?!

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  8. I think everyone wishes they could make a cookie like this! Pumpking AND chewy! yours looks great, I have to give it a try ;)
    dried milk is so cheap here!

    -Amalia

    http://buttersweetmelody.wordpress.com

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  9. You seriously have the greatest posts and recipes. Period.

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  10. Ah, a girl after my own heart! I love anything pumpkin but these really caught my eye because they're not the traditional pillow-y pumpkin cookie. The crumbs are very interesting. I'm going to have to give these a try!

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  11. Now there's something I haven't tried yet Emily!!!!!

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  12. I've always wondered if there was a "chewy pumpkin chocolate chip cookie" recipe. I'm soooo excited to try these!!! Thanks

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  13. I TOTALLY stocked up just in case! Wegmans has canned pumpkin that is just as good as Libby's and half the price! Love it and always use it :)

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  14. wow, a pumpkin cookie that isn't soft and cakey? this sounds amazing!

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  15. I am in love with how vesatile pumpkin is! I love your recipe and had to LOL at the picture of handing out canned pumpkin! ha

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  16. I have never seen a recipe for crispy pumpkin cookies before. I didn't even know such a thing was possible, but your recipe has made me see the light. Plus, your add-ins sound incredible - browned butter (yum), a mixture of crumbs (yes, please), and chocolate chips (always). Talk about the ultimate pumpkin cookie.

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  17. I can't wait to try these. I love chewy cookies and anything with pumpkin but have been disappointed in cookie recipes with pumpkin that always end up way too cake like. These look wonderful. Maybe you have solved the pumpkin/cake texture problem. I hope so!
    Thanks for the post.

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  18. These look amazing! I thought I was ready to wrap up my pumpkin streak already (dip, stuffed, gnocchi, muffins!) but after seeing these i may have to ignore that thought.
    They look like the perfect cookie texture I love, thin and crisp but still moist and chewy. I'll let you know if I make them- maybe i'll try some coarse sea salt on top - that always gives my cookies that little bite of "oh my!"

    check out my other pumpkin adventures here:
    http://seeallisoneat.wordpress.com/
    *and follow me on Bloglovin if you'd like :)

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  19. Yum! I love pumpkin desserts as long as it isn't my MIL's pumpkin pie. One Thanksgiving she "made" pumpkin pie. It turns out all she did was buy a frozen pie shell and pour in the pumpkin pie filling and then way under baked it. From then on I always make sure that either my mom or I make the pumpkin pie.

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  20. I stocked up...still have like 7 cans of pumpkin and I've already used at least 4 :) These look great--love that they're flat!

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  21. These look sooo good. I also like libby's pumpkin pie mix. I think it's better than any other canned pumpkin mix too.

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  22. It's funny about pumpkin cookies. I still adhere to my belief that VEGETABLES DON'T BELONG IN DESSERT and thus shun anything pumpkin - with one exception. When I was in college, the campus bakery made these wonderful pumpkin cookies. They were huge and soft and almost cake-like. I found maybe one recipe that duplicated them, and I added rum and chocolate chips to the cookies.

    I would definitely try these since you have all kinds of great ingredients in them as well. Okay, maybe squash can go in SOME of my desserts.

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  23. You know, I'd never even heard of canned pumpkin until I read a few American cooking blogs/websites. It's almost unheard of here in NZ. I guess that's why, even though it's a very common vegetable here, we wouldn't use it in a desert as commonly as you would in the US. Over here, it's far more likely to appear in a pumpkin/feta/pinenut salad or with the other baked vegetables in a Sunday roast :-). I'd like to give your recipe a try though, so I may just have to search (and search and search) here to see if I can find some elusive canned pumpkin...

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  24. Emily, your blog and your pictures are beautiful. I just stumbled upon it via other blogs. Will link to you and visit more :).

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  25. Whilst I'm dubious about the taste of pumpkin in chocolate, I think that the texture of your cookies look SO GOOD.

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  26. Mmm, I love pumpkin and chocolate! These cookies sound fabulous. I'm with you...I'm not totally convinced that the pumpkin shortage is over. I'm going to be stocking up, just in case. :)

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  27. Wow, that's a fascinating recipe. You are the perfect mix of artist and scientist.

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  28. These sound SO good! The perfect pumpkin cookie I've been looking for.. Now to figure out who to make them for so I don't eat them all!

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  29. These look delicious! I have never seen a version of pumpkin cookies that are chewy and not cakey! I am excited to give these a try, they sound fantasic!

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  30. I was pretty intrigued when Bon Appetite published that recipe - but apparently not enough to go out and buy it to make the blueberry cookies. But for pumpkin cookies that are chewy and not cake-y? I haven't yet accomplished that any other way! So, maybe, some dried milk will find it's way into my grocery cart soon.

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  31. WOW! That is so crazy. I have a can of pumpkin in my pantry. I actually had it my head that I was going to make choc-chip pumpkin cookies this weekend, but I took a nap instead. LOL! They look mouth watering.

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  32. I'm not a cookie baker but man! These have my heading spinning and seriously thinking about making myself some.
    ~ingrid

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  33. Mmmmmnn! I just bought several cans of pumpkin today too.

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  34. awesome. i love pumpkin and cookies and choc chips....but i hate the puffy cake cookies (sad but true) so i'll have to give these a whirl! :)

    p.s. i'm not sure i believe it about the shortage either...

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  35. Bookmarking this recipe so I can make it the second I have a change to breath (have to dig my way out of homework first!!!)

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  36. These look so so SOOOO good!!! and im not lying. honest! (:

    -hannah

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  37. Emily,
    Have you ever made a cookie that wasn't fabulous...I seriously doubt it. ;)

    Every time CD has done our grocery shopping lately, he comes home with only ONE can of pumpkin. He just doesn't get it - I want him to buy like 10 every time he goes. Like you, I fear another shortage, and yes, Libby's is definitely the best. All the others taste like baby food. Blech!

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  38. Wow, this is exactly the recipe I was looking for! Most pumpkin cookie recipes make a cake-like cookie - these look awesome!

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  39. I would have never thought of making pumpkin chocolate chip cookies but what a great idea. They look sinfully delicious.

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  40. Oh yeah. I'm going to have to be making me some of these cookies pretty soon. They look SO good!

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  41. MMMMMM,..Give me some of these tasty cookies to savour, right now!!

    They look fabulous, Emily!!

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  42. oh emily, you and your browned butter. :) the graham cracker crumbs are an interesting and terrific ingredient--bravo!

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  43. I live for pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, so I'm pretty sure the same thing in cookie form can only be super amazing!

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  44. Chewy, pumpkin, chocolate chip, and cookies. That entire title has all my favorite things in one. Except probably Nutella. Now wouldn't that be sinful. Or over the top? Lol I've lost it just dreaming about those wonderful cookies :D

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  45. these look amazing, absolutely delicious!!!

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  46. I made these cookies tonight, leaving out the pecans and they are delicious, but they didn't spread as much as yours and weren't thin- mine were pretty cakey. Do you know why that is?

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  47. Thanks everyone!

    Kristin, my first thought when I read your comment is maybe you didn't use too much flour? I tend to be light-handed with the flour. I fluff it up and lightly spoon it into the measuring cups. Did you do the step where you cook the pumpkin in the saucepan?

    I hope there wasn't an error in the recipe on my part. I'll have to bake these again to troubleshoot. Thank you for testing these! I'm glad they were good, even if they were cakey. :)

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  48. I love that you figured out how to make a less cakey pumpkin cookie - they look fabulous and completely addicting!

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  49. Glad you finally are getting pumpkin where you are--and looks like you're putting it to good use for sure!

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  50. Are these really supposed to be baked at 250 degrees?

    I'm totally wanting these because of the chewy factor. I don't want a cakey one. Been there, etc.

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  51. Hmmmmm dried milk is expensive...I had no idea! I do remember when I was a kid I used to beg my dad to buy it because I wanted to try it. Come to find out it tastes like crap. I should have taken his advice when he told me I was not going to like it. I'm also happy to find a nice crispy pumpkin cookie recipe. I love the cakey cookies but sometimes you crave something different!

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  52. I am so trying this recipe, it should cut the fat out right?

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  53. Now that is a neat recipe! Most pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are cakey. Adding graham crackers to get thew chewiness is a clever move. I'm going to have to be a copy cat and try these.

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  54. Those are really super skinny pumpkin cookies that I ever see. I totally agree to --Anna that most pumpkin cookies are cakey. Yours are perfect. Thanks for sharing this perfect recipe of yours.

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  55. I just made these and they didn't spread as much either, and stayed a bit cakey. Was your batter still a bit warm (from the browned butter) when you put them in the oven?

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  56. Some people have had trouble with this recipe and them turning out too cakey. I'm going to have to test it again, because I think I must have made a mistake while writing it. Mine were definitely not cakey. Maybe more liquid evaportated from my pumpkin?

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  57. Can I just used fresh in the garden pumpkin? We do have many pumpkin here so I am planning to make this recipe of yours top sell the cookies for some earnings. Thanks for sharing this one.

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  58. i made these cookies the other night, and they were great! the only changes that i made were to dehydrate the pumpkin for MUCH longer, about 40 minutes. i knew it would shrink quite a bit, so i started out with an entire can of pumpkin puree. the cookies were crispy and chewy, and tasted amazing! thanks :)

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  59. I also tried this recipe, they were good flavor, but more cake like...not thin and chewy. I'm sure I followed the recipe exactly....

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  60. I tried this about a month ago and ive been meaning to comment. these were so delicious!! they came out perfect

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  61. I just found that I'd bookmarked this recipe last fall when I got on my annual pumpkin kick!
    These are a must-bake!

    Where do you get powdered milk? Do they sell it at regular grocery stores?

    thnx, these look lovely. can't wait to try!

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  62. I just made these, and like some fellow commenters mine came out cakey. I was really disappointed because i'd even doubled the recipe! Which has made far more than 4 dozen...

    Also i didn't think about how the other ingredients were warm so when i put the chocolate chips in they got all melty and mixed into the dough.

    You should check your measurements i think because this seemed pretty off. Yours somehow look amazing though...

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  63. Allie, I'm so sorry. I'm going to test the recipe again and figure out what's up.

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