Things I <3 Thursdays {Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe}

It pretty much makes my day when I get a little tip or hint that makes my life easier/happier/awesome-er in some way.  So that got me thinking...  Why not share the little (and big) things that make my life happy.  The things I love.  Enter: Things I <3 Thursdays

It's been passed down for hundreds of years, never to be written on paper.  Those lucky enough to be trusted by a "recipe holder" (as they're called) with the ancient recipe are held in the utmost positions of respect.  I'm breaking all the rules by sharing this sacred recipe with you, passed down from my great grandmother's great grandma...  Just promise me you won't tell anyone.  

Just kidding.  But in all seriousness, these are THE yummiest pumpkin chocolate chip cookies EVER.  I've been making them year after year and they never disappoint.  Do yourself (and those around you) a favor and whip up a batch today.  They make a lot, so they're perfect for sharing.

THE YUMMIEST PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES {EVER}

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened

2.5 cups sugar

2 eggs

2+ cups canned pure pumpkin 

2 teas. vanilla

2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

2 cups white whole wheat flour

3 cups white flour

2 teas. baking powder

2 teas. baking soda

2 teas. salt

2 teas. nutmeg

2 teas. cinnamon

2 teas. ground cloves

2 teas. allspice

12 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips (I like using mini)

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350.

2.  Beat butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy.  Add eggs and mix.  Add pumpkin, maple syrup and vanilla, mix until combined.

3.  Add dry ingredients and mix until blended, being careful not to over mix.  Stir in chocolate chips with a wooden spoon.

4.  Spoon heaping tablespoon sized balls of dough (don't worry, they won't be smooth!) onto a silpat baking mat or non-stick cookie sheet.  Bake for 10-13 minutes until barely golden brown on the tips.  

Tips: 

I like to add a little more pumpkin than called for which lends to extra soft and moist cookies.  Also, my oven happens to run extra hot, so test the first batch.  Err on the side of not enough time rather than too much.  They're super easy, you can't go wrong!

 

I like to use organic ingredients whenever possible.

I've had my Kitchen Aid mixer since I got married, ten years ago.  I love it.  It's also a hot mess.

Seriously, just throw it all together.  So simple.

I have lots of helpers at my house.  Sometimes they don't feel like helpers when they make the process twice as long and three times as messy, but we're making memories and that makes me happy.

Mix 'em up and throw them on the cookie sheet.  I LOVE my silpat baking mats.  You should totally get some.  NOW.

Throw 'em in the oven and wait... 

Waiting is really the hardest part of the whole process.  Thank goodness this gal wanted more bananas so I wasn't staring at the oven door for a full ten minutes.  She likes bananas.  I like her.

Are you drooling yet?  I am.

The only downfall... 

Even though this recipe makes a TON, they don't last long.

Enjoy!!!