Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Glaze & a McCormick Giveaway!



I was home in Oregon this past weekend (got me & Jeremy's engagement photos taken, so excited to see how they came out!) and had an Oktoberfest get-together with some friends and family. I made some more "intense" dishes for the party (homemade ravioli!), which I'll post about later, but I wanted to make something simple, fun & seasonal that I could make with my younger brother, and what recipe is more family-oriented than chocolate chip cookies? All three of us kids used to make them with my mom when we were very small, each one getting to add in a specific ingredient my mom had measured out for us beforehand. And while I've had my fair share of traumatizing cookie-making experiences, (like getting my hand stuck in the electric mixer when I was 5 and my older sister turning it to a higher speed instead of off "on accident" so she says..., or burning the cookies to a smoking crisp the first time I ever cooked on my own because I thought the cookies were supposed to be crispy when they were done and they were still soft when I poked them), I still love baking cookies. Which, when you think about it, really says a lot about how awesome cookies are.


So I decided to incorporate some pumpkin puree into the cookies and left out an egg so that the extra moisture wouldn't make them too cakey. I also used bittersweet chocolate morsels and topped them with a cream cheese glaze because I love the way dark chocolate tastes with pumpkin, and we all know the magical things that happen when cream cheese and pumpkin become friends. The McCormick food coloring really gave a nice soft orange glow to the glaze, but if you would like to make it a more intense shade of orange, just keep adding drops of red and yellow food coloring, stirring every few drops to check out the new hue, until the desired color intensity is reached. It's also getting really close to a sweet and baking-intensive holiday, which means that the McCormick spice company has offered to do a Halloween-themed giveaway! Hurray!!! The giveaway includes the following items, several of which I used to make this recipe (hello, Halloween food coloring. Also, cookie drying rack, how did I ever live without thee??).

  • Red, Yellow, and Black McCormick Food Coloring
  • McCormick Orange Extract
  • McCormick Neon Colors Food Coloring Pack
  • Expandable Cookie Drying Rack
  • Set of Three Kitchen Aid Mixing Bowls
  • Skull and Cross Bones Apron 
  • Bag of Sour Gummy Worms
  • Bag of Peanut Butter Truffle Eyeballs
  • Bag of Candy Corn
  • Bag of Halloween Taffy

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below about your favorite kind of cookie. The deadline for entries is 11:59 pm PST October 30th, and the winner will be announced October 31st. Only open to United States residents.

*Disclaimer* McCormick sent me these products to use as a part of the giveaway. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Makes about 14 large cookies.

Click Here For Printable Recipe


Ingredients:

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Parchment Paper
(1) 12 Ounce Bag of Bittersweet Chocolate Morsels
1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
3 Cups Flour
1 Cup Unsalted Butter
1 Cup Light Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup Plus 2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
1 Egg
1 and 1/2 Teaspoons Salt
1 and 1/2 Teaspoons McCormick Vanilla Extract
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg

Cream Cheese Glaze

2 Cups Powdered Sugar
4 Ounces Cream Cheese, softened
3/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon


Begin by making the cookies. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cream together the butter and the sugars with the paddle attachment of an electric mixture until fluffy and smooth. Add the egg and the pumpkin and mix until well blended. In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining dry ingredients except the chocolate. Reduce the electric mixer's speed to low and mix in the dry ingredients. Then add the vanilla extract and mix until completely blended. Turn off the mixer and stir in the chocolate.


Use an ice cream scoop (3 inches in diameter) to place the cookie dough into cookie shapes onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper (warning, these will be big cookies!) about 3 inches apart. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until light brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing the cookies form the pan and placing them on a cookie rack to continue drying until cool.


Meanwhile, make the glaze by beating together the glaze ingredients in an electric mixer with the paddle attachment at medium speed for 2 minutes. Once the cookies have cooled, spread a tablespoon or two of the glaze over them and serve.



79 comments:

  1. Snickerdoodle cookies

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  2. Was given a recipe last year by my pastor for molasses spice cookies ... I think I could eat an entire batch without blinking an eye!!!

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  3. Hmm... that's a tough one. Probably kitchen sink cookies because they have everything I love in a cookie!

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  4. good ole' chocolate chip =) although pumpkin chocolate chip is also a favorite around this time of year!

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  5. I can't resist my mom's moldy mice at Christmastime.

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  6. peanut butter oatmeal with dark chocolate chips!

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  7. omg my stomach started growling while looking at these photos, lol. I believe these would be my favorite cookies if I could eat them. but I love the peanut butter ones with the hershey's kisses in the middle, mmm.

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  8. oh my these sounds delicious, I've never tried pumpkin cookies, will obviously be doing so now!

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  9. The peanut butter cookies that my mom makes for christmas!

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  10. I loove cookies, but my favorite has to be chocolate chocolate chip!

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  11. All time fav is cream cheese cookies! Like sugar cookies but so much tastier and healthier too!

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  12. Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite - well and the Italian rainbow cookies. Your cookies look great!

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  13. I love all kinds of shortbread (:

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  15. My favorite cookie is a chocolate krinkle, I think because it was the first recipe I got and made on my own as a teenager. Last night I had a strange dream about raspberry chocolate krinkles which I have never heard of, but I think I will be trying to make them this weekend!

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  16. My favorite kind of cookie is a ginger spice cookie

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  17. I love a good apple cinnamon oatmeal cookie.

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  18. My absolute favorites are sugar cut-outs with a powdered sugar icing.

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  19. My all time favorite cookies are definitely peanut butter chocolate chip. I can't say no to anything pb!

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  20. Lately I have been loving oatmeal raisin cookies. But once the winter hits, I'm all about snickerdoodles!

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  21. plain jane chocolate chip :) I make a killer gluten-free version! :)

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  22. My favorite cookies are Triple Chocolate Almond Cookies. But would love to try these pumpkin ones. Sounds awesome!

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  23. Leslie:
    My favorite cookie is peanut blossoms. We call them "kings hats," because they look like a figure in our Christmas manger scene.
    leslieannstevenson@yahoo.com

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  24. Jenna H
    Jhoobs21@aol.com

    Favorite cookie is white chocolate, cranberry, macadamia nut. delicious!

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  25. I love chocolate chip cookies or lemon-ricotta cookies! And I must say pumpkin in sweets is something I need to get use to but your cookies look great!!The chocolate in them is a great idea.
    Oh well! I will have to do them and try :)
    Thanks!!

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  26. Recently, I've been really liking pudding cookies :). But my all-time favorite is my grandma's recipe for Croatian nut horns.

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  27. Your cookies look so good! I am actually a huge fan of chocolate chip, but I love macadamia nut as well.

    flufffreebies (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  28. Armindy M
    X_lastpetalfalls@yahoo.com

    Chai Tea Chocolate Chip cookies is my favorite cookie. Oh my word, They are delicious.

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  29. There's a cookie at Panera that I love, the chocolate duet. It's so big I can eat it two days in a row.

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  30. Snickerdoodles or classic chocolate chip....I don't make cookies nearly as often ad I should. These look incredible!

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  31. Giant chocolate chip cookies! Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  32. My favorite cookies are gingersnaps!

    jfong1130 at yahoo dot com

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  33. My favorite cookie is a coconut, walnut, chocolate chip cookie. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    Kristin F
    rockymountainbirder at g mail dot com

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  34. Cowboy cookies! Pecans, sweetened coconut, chocolate chips, and oats!

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  35. I have never been able to remember or figure out what the cookies are called, but my favorite cookies are a shortbread-wafer type cookie with a hardened chocolate top. The chocolate top is usually nicely shaped with a soldier or something similar embossed into the chocolate!

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  36. My favorite cookies are no bake cookies. All the best ingredients in one bite. Yum!

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  37. peanut butter chocolate chip!
    karenreichmann@hotmail.com

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  38. Snickerdoodles! But with one major adjustment...I typically double and sometimes even triple the quantity of cinnamon, depending on the recipe of course. I just absolutely ADORE cinnamon!

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  39. I'm a sucker for a spicy molasses or ginger cookie... gotta be soft, chewy and most.
    kbehie@hotmail.com

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  40. I love just the original chocolate chip cookies or the mint chocolate chip cookie.

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  41. I love classic warm and gooey chocolate chip cookies ;)

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  42. Awesome giveaway-perfect for halloween cookies! My favorite cookie is my mom's decorated sugar cookies.

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  43. My grandma's Christmas sugar cookies!! Boy, I sure do miss them!

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  44. Chocolate chip cookies are my go-to. Great recipe, thanks! I can't wait to try it this weekend.

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  45. My favorite cookie is a lemon-based sugar cookie with cream cheese frosting. Yummmmmmm!!!!

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  46. my favorite is my mom's sour cream cookies with frosting on them
    thanks
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  47. Santas whiskers my mother inlaw makes them every Christmas!

    dollhouecreation(at)gmail(dot)com

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  48. My grandma's Crybaby Cookies...a molasses cookie with raisins and butterscotch chips.

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  49. Without a doubt, Chocolate Chip cookies warm from the oven are a family favorite!

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  50. my favorite cookie is the chocolate chip cookie with a wee bit of nutmeg in the mix... and right before you bake them, you add a teeny bit of sea salt on top... YUM!! i won't make them too much or else i'd eat them ALLLL :) a wonderful giveaway and a wonderful cookie!! greenbeanbaby at gmail.com

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  51. I love a shortbread cookie any day.

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  52. My favorite cookie is a jelly thumbprint (butter) cookie!! :D

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  53. I love a good old chocolate chip cookie :)

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  54. I love oatmeal raisin cookies - simple but good!

    flutterby2188 at yahoo dot com

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  55. Snickerdoodles. I also love a proper sugar cookie, but I have to be in the right mood to make those!

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  56. I'm a classic chocolate chip with walnuts kinda girl. But I absolutely love all cookies. Hand me a cookie, and I'm a happy girl. I recently made some orange creamsicle cookies, and they were soo good! :)

    couponcookie at gmail dot com

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  57. I love all cookies... shortbread, gingerbread, pumpkin spice... but one cookie stands out above the rest. I dream about this cookie. Literally. Double chocolate mint made at my favorite local coffee shop. Sometimes something just tastes better when you haven't a clue how to replicate it!

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  58. I make a Ginger Bear cookie that is wonderfully soft, full of yummy ginger & molasses goodness,rolled in sugar before baked creating a perfect bite of Autumn. Plus, they are darn cute!
    http://kimberlys-cup.blogspot.com/2006/10/ginger-bears.html
    I think your recipe sounds delightful and I hope I can whip up a batch this week!

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  59. I love a good old fashioned shortbread cookie. So delicious!

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  61. That's a hard one, i'd have to say, pumpkin snickerdoodles. They're just amazing and have two wonderful components coming together. snickerdoodles and pumpkin. they're awesome!

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  62. So many cookies, so little time!! Chocolate Crinkles... or maybe snickerdoodles. Well if I could only choose one it would be Chocolate Crinkles.

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  63. My grandmother's ginger snaps are my absolute favorite! But, the recipe is a secret that she won't give me! ):

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  64. Those look delicious! I have lots of favorites (who doesn't?) but a go-to is always something with oats :)

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  65. My favorite type of cookie is a salted toffee chocolate chip.

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  66. Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookie
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  67. Chewy peanut butter cookies are my favorite.

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  68. Snickerdoodles are my all time favorite cookies. Cant go wrong with Cinnamon Sugar :)

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  69. Too late for the giveaway, but our current favorite is Cappuccino Cookie with White Chocolate, a cookie I discovered on Pinterest. Oh my, so yummy!

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  70. It's too late for the giveaway, but our current favorite is Cappuccino Cookie with White Chocolate, a Pinterest discovery. So, so yummy! (Apologies if this posts twice. I experienced a peculiar response from the comment box.)

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  71. has the winner been announced yet ? :) thanks
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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    1. Yep! :) Announced via twitter on Wednesday https://twitter.com/emkosmas

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  72. What an amazing twist on your average cookie: pumpkin chocolate chip! Love it and printed it out to use for my upcoming cookie exchange.

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    1. Wonderful! Let me know how they turn out for you :)

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