Thursday, November 12, 2009

Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffies

A lot of women have specific characteristics they seek out in a potential mate or husband - say, sexy & rich yet romantic & can ride a unicycle. Me? Not that I have low standards but I always just wanted someone who could make me laugh and swoon simultaneously. It never even crossed my little black book to find someone who could cook.

pumpkin chocolate chip muffieLuckily, hubby has become quite the chef on his own (well under my tutelage, of course!). First Man Food Mondays, now cookies?! Apparently marriage does get better with age. These cookies are so soft they're more like muffies to me. Regardless of what they are, I know that they taste good and I just ate one too many of these tonight.

Super Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffies (Muffin + Cookie)
Adapted from Joy the Baker and Spork or Foon?

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Position a rack in the middle of the oven . Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and butter the paper.

Stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices together in a medium bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the eggs and sugar until smooth and lightened in color, about 1 minute. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl as needed during mixing. On low speed, mix the oil, pumpkin, and vanilla until blended. Mix in the flour mixture to incorporate it. Mix in the chips.

Using an ice cream scoop with a 1/4-cup capacity, scoop mounds of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing the cookies at least 2 1/2-inches apart. You could also simply use a 1/4-cup measuring cup if you don’t have a scoop. Use a thin metal spatula to smooth and flatten the rounds.

Bake the cookies one sheet at a time until the tops feel firm and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry, about 16-18 minutes. Cool them on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then use a wide metal spatula to transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

25 comments:

Meghan said...

I'm so impressed your husband made these! I keep trying to convince mine to do more cooking :) I always think pumpkin cookies end up puffy and soft so calling them muffies is a great idea!

Bridgett said...

It's always nice to have a man cook for you. I only wish my husband would get back into the kitchen! I absolutely love this recipe.

Kim in the Kitchen said...

I made these cookies (or a very similar recipe) recently too! We were calling them "cake-ees" but I think muffies is much cuter:)

VeggieGirl said...

Your husband is definitely a keeper! :-D

Melissa @BakingfortheBoys said...

Yum! My husband will cook but I don't see him baking. ;)

Maria said...

Mmmm! I want one!

Grace said...

does he approve of the word muffies? because it's one of the most adorable mishmashes i've ever heard. :)

North said...

Oh, it looks so delicious! I became hungry! :) Greetings

pigpigscorner said...

Very impressed, I hope mine would do the same!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Oh! How nice to have a hubby baking cookies!!!

Sasha said...

LOL. Muffie sounds like such a cute food and indeed it is. Looks delicious.

If your husband bakes something called "muffies," he's def. a keeper ; )

The Blonde Duck said...

Pumpkin muffies? I'd be in heaven...

kat said...

Oh, I've had cookies like this, almost like eating a muffin top.

Katrina said...

These are one of my husband's favorite cookies. I LOVE that you call them muffies--I haven't heard that before!
I just made them last week for my husband.

Bunny said...

Wow Sharon you sure do have a keeper in that hubby of yours! These look fantastic!

Young Wifey said...

I can't get Hubster to even reheat my leftovers for me!

Dawn said...

aren't you the lucky one!
yes these came out perfect. so good to see you back again. hope all is well over there -- you and your cookies!

JJ said...

i made these are they are soooo yummy and perfect!!

MaryBeth said...

These muffin/cookies look simply delish Sharon. I love the combo of chocolate and pumpkin

Emily said...

MMmm. These cookies look so good. I know exactly what you mean about them being like muffins. It seems like pumpkin cookies are impossible to get/keep crispy.

Chef Fresco said...

Those look awesome! I love pumpkin desserts!

Kerstin said...

That's awesome your hubby bakes! These look so yummy!

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Mr. P said...

Just found your blog by chance.. And now have a dilemna. I am sitting here with a cup of tea and no biscuit, and you have no idea how tantalizing that photo is!

You can literally see how fluffy they are. I am going to have to try them out.

Anonymous said...

If you love this recipe then you should try Panera's pumpkin muffies (muffin tops). They are so delicious!