September 4, 2013

{Whole Wheat} Pumpkin Maple Chunk Cookies

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You all proud of my patience? 

I waited until September for a true pumpkin recipe!

And boy is this a good one.  Worth the wait.  Completely.

These are chock full of fall flavor. They are soft, yet easy to hold in your hands. Sweet, spicy (in the fall sense) and absolutely delicious, you will not be able to eat just one. I promise. They were a hit, which is two in a row (believe it or not, that doesn't always happen) and the batch didn't last very long. Not a problem, I've still got lots and lots of pumpkin it hung to be used!  If you don't know me, this is me in a nutshell this time of year. 
summer is almost over... try to contain yourself: the season of Pumpkin EVERYTHING is coming!
I use pumpkin all year round, but usually for myself. Now, there is nothing to hide and its totally acceptable to make everything orange and dotted with cinnamon. My kind of season right there. I'm kind of crazy that way. Pumpkin and me are close. I even have a board devoted to it.


Aaaand I finally used the maple sugar chunks I bought in Quebec City!  They are absolutely perfect in these cookies.  Think the texture of toffee chunks with a deep maple sugar flavor.  Its amazing.  Blows chocolate chips and toffee chunks out of the water.  They don't melt in the cookie, but they melt in your mouth.  Can you ask for more fall flavor? 


Between the whole wheat and the pumpkin, these are practically health food.  For volleyball, we are supposed to be eating fuel foods for all our games. "What we eat is how we play."  This week is full of games!  We had one last night (best game yet!), and then one on Thursday, one on Friday, and two on Saturday. It's going to be a blast. Last night really set the tone. It was our first 3 out of 5 match/set (I don't know!:) and against a team that has a 6 foot 3 inch hitter. She's good. But our middles showed up and took away the front row and our back row played great defense. I felt like I served well, too, which was nice since I had been serving inconsistently. It was fun to play a hard team and to show we were physically and mentally tough.  There was more net play and really good volleys. Shout out to all my teammates reading, you all are amazing!  Even more than these cookies and that's saying something :)


{Whole Wheat} Pumpkin Maple Chunk Cookies
Recipe Source:  Adapted slightly from Cookie and Kate
Yield: 2-1/2 dozen cookies

1-1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour 
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup maple sugar chunks 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
In a medium bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt). In another medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla; beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients and stir just until combined.  Stir in maple chunks. Scoop a tablespoon of dough onto a cookie sheet. Flatten each cookie slightly. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, and then transfer the cookies to a rack to cool.  They are incredible warm from the oven!

    26 comments:

    1. I've started fall-baking today and my whole house smells of spices and everything nice, I love it so much! And these cookies look amazing, girl. You make me want to eat the whole batch :-)
      Best of luck in the game :D

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      1. Oh, I want to visit your house now! Fall spices? Oh my yes! Thanks so much Consuelo!

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    2. Wow, these cookies look amazing. I love the idea of putter maple sugar chunks in them. <3 ahhh, I'm a total maple freak. haha!
      Great recipe! :)

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      1. You have some amazing maple recipes, Abbie. After using maple in the cookies, I'm going to have to try some of yours! Thank you!

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    3. YOU USED THE MAPLE SUGAR CHUNKS!!! Now if only walmart sold these! :) (Do they?) Wasn't last night fun? You played incredibly, your sets/saves/serves were all really solid and spot-on. :) I had fun with you last night, and I ALWAYS have fun reading your blog. Great post!

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      1. I have no idea, but I would be surprised if WalMart sold them (wouldn't that be nice!) Thanks for the encouragement, Hannah, you make my day!

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    4. I waited until September too, but it wasn't easy! These cookies have me really excited for fall baking!

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      1. And now we can bake with pumpkin to our hearts content:) Thanks Meghan!

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      1. They are incredibly; its a good thing we have to ration them or I'd them plain for snacks:) Thanks Erin!

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    6. What a great combo!!! I have been holding out on the pumpkin baking as well but this weekend I am opening my first can :). I love your Ecard very much.

      PS: Thanks for stopping by my blog and letting me discover yours. I love it!

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      1. Oh you are welcome! Thank you for your sweet comment! There is something special about opening your first can of pumpkin in the fall:) Thanks Zainab!

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    7. PUMPKIN EVERYTHING! PUMPKIN ALL THE TIME! Sorry about the caps, I'm very excited. I will be eating these cookies very very soon!

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    8. TIS THE SEASON FOR PUMPKIN! I'm so stoked about this whole wheat version of pumpkin cookies. Seriously, making these as soon as I get my hands on a pumpkin to puree.

      -Irina @ wander-crush.com

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      1. That's neat that you puree your own pumpkin! I tried one year, but I think we had the wrong kind of pumpkin:) Thanks so much Irina!

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    9. These look amazing! I will share them on pinterest! Thank you for linking up this recipe at the Weekend Show Off blog party!

      Maria
      www.musicteachingandparenting.com

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      1. That is so sweet of you! Thank you for sharing Maria!

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    10. Pumpkin+maple=a-maaaaa-zing!! ;) Yumminess for sure!

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      1. Agreed! (I really like the way you write amazing:) It definitely made me smile) Thanks!

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    11. Thanks for the link - they look wonderful! Hearty and chewy and lovely looking!

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      1. Thank you for commenting! These are my favorite pumpkin cookies ... yet:) There are so many to try!

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    12. Hi Mary,
      I am including a link to your recipe in one of my posts about Fall baking. Please take a look and let me know if you approve!

      Thank you,
      Maria

      http://www.musicteachingandparenting.com/2013/09/halloween-music-learning-opportinuty-or.html

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      1. Thanks for including it! I'm off to check it out.

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