Pumpkin and chocolate might make the perfect fall pair. The slightly sweet orange pulp combined with rich dark chocolate make for a hearty snack or dessert. Plus, these cookies' whole-wheat base flecked with flax seed add a nice bite and some extra omega-3s.

Recipe: Healthier Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Cookies Photo by Perry Santanachote

What You'll Need:

1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature (or 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce)
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups whole-wheat flour (or a half white flour, half whole-wheat mix)
1/2 cup flaxseed meal (optional — if you omit, add an extra 1/2 cup of flour!)
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
3/4 cup  dark chocolate chips
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

What to Do: 

  1. Set oven to 300 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt (if using) together in medium size bowl. Set aside.
  3. Mix the sugar and butter together with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until light and fluffy (about 4 or 5 minutes).
  4. Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla to the sugar and butter and mix at low speed until thoroughly blended. Mixture will look curdled. (Don't panic.)
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients at low-medium speed until just combined.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. Use a large cookie scoop (or ice-cream scoop) to form cookies. Space them two inches apart on baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 22-24 minutes, or until the edges begin to turn golden brown. Let sit for a few minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
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