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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (AKA the “Engagement Cookies”)


Ever heard of the recipe for the “engagement chicken”, that meal that, once cooked for your boyfriend, is supposed to somehow hypnotize him into proposing? Well that chicken can move over, because these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies just kicked its golden-brown behind. That’s right: have some engagement cookies. My sister made these and brought them to work, and two minutes after eating one her co-worker asked her to marry him. Seriously. Maybe you’re already married, but you still would be flattered if your middle-aged co-worker with cookie-crumbs on his shirt proposed to you just so you’d bake him these all year ’round. I won’t judge. Here is the recipe:

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 1 cup (2 sticks)unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cupwhite sugar
  • 1 cup lightbrown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoonvanilla extract
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 3 cupsall-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, not semisweet
  • Non-stick cooking spray or parchment paper


Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cookie sheets with nonstick spray or line them with parchment paper.
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 1 at a time, then mix in the vanilla and pumpkin puree. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Slowly beat the flour mixture into the batter in thirds. Stir in the chips. Scoop the cookie dough by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared cookie sheets and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cookies are browned around the edges. Remove the cookie sheets from the oven and let them rest for 2 minutes before eating.
OMG. Pure Bliss.

Alessandra Macaluso is the author of What a Good Eater! , Lucy the Bee and the Healing Honey, and The Real-Deal Bridal Bible. She’s also a Qigong and Tai Chi instructor, and overall wellness advocate. Her work has been featured in several anthologies which can all be found on her Amazon author page, and she has contributed to The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, TODAY Parents, and many other online publications.

Alessandra is a northerner-turned-southerner, enjoying the south with her children, Penelope and Ciro, and her husband, Greg.

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BAHAHAHAHAHA! I love you. You made them! You’re such a good writer…as I read this I am picturing him coming out of the break room..LMAO. I just showed him this too…You will now have a man who can barely use the internet following your blog..he loved it! LOL

And I have heard about the “engagement chicken” too funny..

Now, I think I need to make those again tonight…I’m getting hungry! LOL

These look DELICIOUS Alessandra! How many cookies does that recipe make? I love pumpkin – anything! Yum!


‘@Lori oo excellent question! They make about 30 cookies – enough to fill 2 cookie sheets. They come out pretty big! And they have just the right amount of pumpkin flavor πŸ™‚

‘@LisaZ HAHA I knew you’d like this! I have to say, I was a little nervous because they seemed more “cake like” at first then “cookie like”, but turns out they are even better this way. And WOW, even better this morning! I’m glad he is now a follower!! πŸ™‚

Thanks for the link from Lori’s blog. I’m all over this. My wife goes on a cookie baking binge come holiday time, so something else for her baking arsenal πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ I always seem to gain around 10 lbs. this time of year. Can’t wait πŸ™‚

‘@Craig McBreen Nice!! Too funny πŸ™‚ We have a term for that, it’s called “fat season”, and it has commenced!! LOL enjoy the holiday, and hopefully the cookies! Thanks for dropping by!

I made these yesterday and my husband took them to work today. He called me and said all the cookies were gone and this was at 11:00 am! You are so right, they are pure bliss and so easy to make! Thank you Ali for the easy and delicious recipes! Love them all!!

‘@FrancescaW Nice!!! Glad to hear it! Those things don’t last very long, do they!? They are dangerous πŸ˜‰

‘@Ali Mac Indeed it has πŸ™‚ And, thanks!

Okay, I haven’t made a single cookie this year (I don’t think) but I absolutely am going to this holiday season come hell or high water! I don’t care if it’s past “pumpkin” time or not, these look incredible (I LOVE pumpkin)…I’m going to give it a shot maybe this weekend and be back to let you know how it went. Thanks for the recipe! (By the way, I wish there was a way I could get a ‘book’ of just the recipe portion of your blog that I can use at home and easily flip through instead of having to go online and looking it up. Is that something that is available? I guess I can go to your categories and simply print out the recipies and put them in a folder type thing.

‘@rshin Definitely let me know how it goes! I have been meaning to make an ebook with recipes for the blog, I’ll put one together and send it out soon….it’s funny, I started writing a cookbook a couple of years ago, before I even started the blog – think I need to go back to it and finish it….

I don’t know if these cookies can hypnotize me into proposing (in fact nothing can) but they can definitely hypnotize me into eating a whole plate of them.

HAHAHA..Oh Joseph…

‘@LisaZ @joeysal you are getting very sleeeeepy……

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