What you'll need:
1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 cups (12 ounce bag) milk chocolate chips
Using a mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Beat in the white and brown sugars, a little at a time, until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time and then mix in the pumpkin and vanilla.
Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Slowly beat the flour mixture into the wet mixture in thirds until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Scoop the cookie dough by heaping tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet. Like usual, I use a small ice cream scoop so that the cookies are uniform in size, allowing them to bake evenly. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until the cookies are barely browned around the edges.
Remove from the baking sheet and allow to cool slightly on a wire cooling rack. These lovely cookies are great warm but taste just as great cooled completely. This recipe makes around 3 dozen so there's plenty to share. I sent some next door to the in-laws house and brought some the next morning to The Breakfast Club (sharing with the Schroeder's and the Hill's).
This weekend we have some gorgeous weather on our hands. I'm very much looking forward to spending as much of it as possible outside, especially given the deluge that we dealt with last weekend. There's a lot going on ranging from Tucker's 4th Birthday Party tomorrow morning to Cooper's first trip to the Pumpkin Patch! I'm so looking forward to both.
In addition, I'll be attending a Candlelight Memorial Service tomorrow evening in honor of Grace Julia Ross. Speaking of which, tomorrow, Saturday October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Memorial Day. If you could, wherever you may be, please light a candle at 7:00pm to honor all those who have encountered the unimaginable loss of a child. Here in the Halquist house, we continue to pray for the peace of mind and comfort of the entire Ross family.