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Cooking away the CSA, week 29: Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

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These cookies aren't my usual healthy fare, but I don't think you'll mind.

These cookies aren't my usual healthy fare, but I don't think you'll mind. by Sarah Henning

Admittedly, there are no local ingredients in the recipe I’m sharing today. I just felt like for the week of Halloween we all needed a cookie break.

A seasonal cookie break.

If you still need a little something to have around the house or bring to a party at Halloween, these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies are the cookie to bring.

Admittedly, they’re not the healthy fare I usually share in this space. But I don’t feel totally guilty, because you do get some modicum of vitamin A when you eat them (how’s that for rationalization?). But, really, eat them because they are totally, amazingly delicious.

Honestly, these cookies are my secret weapon this time of year. The recipe makes a ton, everyone always loves them and they are appropriate for everything from Halloween to Thanksgiving.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

2½ cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ cup shortening, margarine or butter

1-½ cups sugar (I often use half coconut sugar)

¼ cup regular or soy yogurt (vanilla, plain or maple)

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put parchment paper on two cookie sheets.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour through cinnamon (all dry ingredients). Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together your shortening/margarine/butter with the sugar until it’s light and fluffy. Beat in the yogurt and then stir in the pumpkin and vanilla.

Gradually stir the flour mixture into the creamed mixture. When all combined, add chocolate chips.

Drop by the teaspoonful onto parchment. Flatten a bit with clean fingers. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

Yield 50 cookies.

So, what’d we get on our last week of Rolling Prairie for 2013? Eggplant, sweet potatoes, cherry tomatoes, peppers, leeks, green onions and kale.

Our final pick up of the year for Rolling Prairie: eggplant, sweet potatoes, cherry tomatoes (not pictured because the kiddo ate them), kale, leeks, green onions and peppers.

Our final pick up of the year for Rolling Prairie: eggplant, sweet potatoes, cherry tomatoes (not pictured because the kiddo ate them), kale, leeks, green onions and peppers. by Sarah Henning

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