Friday, October 19, 2012

Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chunk Cookies

It is a challenge to think of a post to frame a cookie recipe when you are trying to sit still in the office with just 2 hours before vacation.  I should explain that it has been years since I have had a vaca.  It's kind of a big deal.
So, cookies....cookies are like a vacation from your day.
Yeah, let's see where this goes.
Traffic sucks, bosses are terrible.  It's just the nature of the beast.  The beast being daily life.
Cookie breaks (especially when accompanied by coffee) can give you a few precious moments to reflect on the good in life.
When you bite into a chewy, slightly spiced cookie littered with chocolate chunks how can everything not seem okay?
I'm not really leaving you much of a choice.
You need to make these cookies, if only for your own sanity.

Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chunk Cookies
makes about 2 dozen cookies

1 1/2 sticks butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 to 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
2 1/4 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp vanilla extract
12 oz bag of chocolate chunks

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line some cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Melt the butter in a saucepan on medium heat while gathering your other ingredients.  Wait for it to get bubbly with a slight hint of brown deliciousness on the bottom of the pot.  Whisk it around and then pour it over the brown sugar.  After that dissolves, whisk it (whisk it real good) and then throw in the eggs and vanilla and whisk some more.
Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then combine that madness.  Fold in the chocolate chunks and scoop onto parchment with a cookie scoop.  Bake for 12-14 minutes.

Happy vacation, everyone me :)

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