pumpkin tahini chocolate chip cookies

as i sit here writing this, i’m wondering where this first full month of fall went. it seems it flew by and soon we’ll be preparing for all the winter holidays with the same intensity. this time of year is such a whirlwind of magical things, so as the saying goes, “time flies when…” as evidenced by the gingerbread and winter cookie recipes that have been taking over my kitchen the last couple of weeks. it feels very symbolic to post my last pumpkin recipe on the blog in the closing days of october.

now for the cookies! pumpkin and chocolate are THE perfect fall pairing when it comes to cookies. pumpkin itself doesn’t have a strong flavor, but it does provide a baked goods with a beautiful orange hue and lots of moisture. i have yet to eat a pumpkin based treat that wasn’t soft, pillowy and absolutely irresistible. these pumpkin tahini cc cookies are no exception. even my non pumpkin loving family members ended up loving them!

a couple of notes:

  • these cookies originally had a suggested freeze time of 8+ hours. after a few trials, i found this to be more a preference than a necessity. these were adapted from my tahini chocolate chip cookies which yielded a beautiful chewiness when frozen for a minimum 8 hours. since these cookies have pumpkin, with a high water content, they will not be chewy. thus, the freeze time felt unnecessary. however, they will be equally delicious if scooped and frozen ahead of time!
  • these cookies still need some chill time. this allows the glutens to rest a bit, resulting in a delicious, soft cookie. a good chill time would be minimum 30 minutes.
  • a 2″ cookie scoop was used to scoop out the cookies. i found this to be a great size for cookies, but you can definitely use a smaller scoop, just be sure to watch the cookies closely as they’ll bake faster than the time indicated on the recipe.
  • this recipe uses a mix of chocolate disks, chips and chunks, as well as mix of bittersweet and dark chocolate. this is really up to you, the baker! the larger pieces of chocolate will give you those beautiful pools right out of the oven, while chips will keep their shape and give you the traditional “look” of a chocolate chip cookie. if all you have is a chocolate bar on hand, roughly chop so most pieces are the same size.
  • gluten-free: i haven’t tried this recipe using a GF flour, but if you wanted to give it a try, i would use a 1-1 substitution version from Bob’s Red Mill. i have used this brand a couple of times and have had great results each time, using this GF flour. the pumpkin will help with the moisture and the cookies will still have a pillowy soft texture.

happy baking and eating! see you back here in november! -megs

pumpkin tahini chocolate chip cookies

Megan
a fall remake of the classic chocolate chip cookie, with a tahini twist! a pillowy pumpkin cookie with notes of nutty tahini and pumpkin spice, filled with pools of melted chocolate. this will be your new favorite pumpkin cookie!
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
cooling time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 22 cookies

Equipment

  • stand mixer with paddle attachment
  • baking sheet
  • parchment paper
  • heavy bottom pan

Ingredients
  

  • 2 1/2 c all purpose flour (300g)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice see recipe notes
  • 12 tbsp usalted butter, browned and cooled to room temperature (reduced to 113g)
  • 1 1/2 c light moscovado sugar (330g) (sub with packed light brown )
  • 1/2 c tahini, well stirred
  • 1/2 c pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste (sub with vanilla extract)
  • 2 c assorted chocolate chips, chunks and disks

Instructions
 

  • To make the brown butter, melt butter in a clear heavy bottom pot. Once the butter starts to foam, whisk continuously until brown bits start to form. Remove from heat, pour into clean bowl, skim the foam from the top and cool to room temperature (15 minutes), stir then chill in the fridge an addional 15-20 minutes. The butter should begin to solidify, but shouln't be cold. If its cold, let come to room temperature for 5 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and powder, salt and pumpkin spice. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, with paddle attachment, cream together the browned butter, sugar and tahini until light and fluffy (3-4 minutes). Add in eggs and yolk one at a time, beating until each is well incorporated. Add pumpkin and vanilla and beat until well incorporated (about 2-3 minutes).
  • Add dry ingredients to the wet 1/2 at a time. Mix on lowest setting until JUST combined. Do not overmix. Gently fold in chocolate chips, chunks or disks. If baking right away, place the cookie dough in the fridge to chill for minimum 30 mintues or up to an hour. If freezing see notes. **
  • Pull dough from the fridge, scoop out using a 2" cookie scoop with trigger release onto aparchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 325F for 15-18 minutes or until cookies are set around the edges. The center may still look slightly underbaked. Pull cookies from the oven, cool on the cookie sheet placed on top of a cooling rack for 5 minutes. Using a spatula, gently removed cookies from the pan, onto a cooling rack and cool an addiotnal 10-15 minutes.

Notes

pumpkin pie spice: Feel free to use a store bought version if you have one you like. If you’d like to make a homemade version, here is my preferred version: 
1/3 c ground cinnamon (32 g)
2 1/2 tbsp ground ginger (15 g)
2 tsp ground nutmeg (4g)
1 tsp ground allspice (4g)
1/2 tsp ground cardamon (1g)
Mix all ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. Store in an airtight container such as spice jar or small glass mason jar.
 
**freezing cookie dough scoops: if you’d like to freeze the cookie dough, simply scoop the dough onto parchment lined baking sheet. scoops can be close together since the cookies will not be baked on this baking sheet. wrap baking sheet tightly in plastic wrap. when ready to bake, remove cookies from the freezer, let sit at room temperature for 5 minutes and bake using the same baking time as stated in the recipe.
Keyword chocolate chip cookies, homemade, pumpkin, simple, tahini

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