Yup, more pumpkin from me today. I can’t help myself, I want to make all the pumpkin things all the live long year, buuutttt, it’s only appropriate in the fall. So, sorry, but it’s pumpkin cookies today!
Actually, pumpkin cookies are maybe the one thing made with pumpkin that I generally don’t care for. They’re always cakey, too soft, and just not cookies in my opinion. I’ve never liked ultra soft cookies. I can never figure out a good way of storing them. They all stick together, and they just aren’t real cookies. So if you (unlike me!) like really soft cookies, these will not make you happy.
Because, amazingly, these chewy pumpkin peanut butter cookies are NOT cakey. Not in the slightest. They’re a teensy tiny bit softer than regular peanut butter cookies (I made both to compare, and also cause I’m married to someone that doesn’t like pumpkin. I know, so strange. I don’t understand him at all.), but hardly enough to even notice the difference.
These cookies are actually chewy. I was actually a little shocked when the turned out the way I was hoping they would. And when it turned out that pumpkin and peanut butter actually tasted good together. I wasn’t entirely sure that they would. But I loved these, even though not everyone here did! So, you need to like pumpkin to enjoy these apparently.
The trick to a non-cakey pumpkin cookie was discovered by Sally over at Sally’s Baking Addiction. She found out that if you take the eggs out of cookies, the pumpkin acts like eggs to add moisture and they end up less cakey then if you have eggs AND pumpkin. Brilliant.
So I made her pumpkin chocolate chip cookies first to see how I liked them, and they were definitely less cakey than any other pumpkin cookie I had ever had, although still a fairly soft cookie. But, they were so much better, that I decided to try pumpkin peanut butter and see if the slightly different texture of a peanut butter cookie would make for even less cakey pumpkin cookies. Amazingly, it actually worked out that way! So exciting when experiments work out!
Try these, they were really good cookies. Lightly spiced, chewy pumpkin peanut butter cookies. Oh, and if you like to add chocolate to everything like I do, add some chocolate chips too. I added them to half and those were amazing too!