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Frosted Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

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Tis the season for all things pumpkin! Ellie and Addie helped me make these cookies last week…and I totally ate some for a pre-birthday breakfast this weekend. 😉 And then indulged in some waffles for my real-birthday breakfast. Ha! Birthdays only come once a year, right?

Truth be told, I don’t just eat cookies for breakfast on my birthday…it’s kind of a regular occurrence! I mean, I just cannot help myself. (Is it a problem? Probably 🙂 Especially when it comes to these pumpkin cookies. Cinnamon buttercream frosting? Chocolate Chips? PUMPKIN?! I mean, why eat toast when you can eat a cookie! (Of course, I tell Ellie differently, but one day I’ll let in the cookie for breakfast club.)

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I grew up making this recipe every autumn and it makes a TON. Ok, I could probably eat them all (seriously, problems!) but I typically leave out a few for us to eat and freeze the rest in these bags. We’re heading to St. George for Thanksgiving this year and I made a few extra to bring with us for dinner. Or breakfast. Either way, they’re ready and waiting in our freezer. Find the recipe below!

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

Mix together:
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup pumpkin

Then add:
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/ teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup chocolate chips (+more if desired 🙂

Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Let cool. Frost with desired frosting* or freeze for later in Hefty Freezer Slider bags. Find tips HERE for storing and freezing all your Thanksgiving leftovers.

*Typically I frost these with cream cheese frosting, but since Brian’s not a cream cheese fan, I mixed buttercream frosting with cinnamon and its sooo good!

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Our cute little happy camper. She loves her highchair!

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This girl seriously loves to bake with me. She even helps wash dishes! 😉 I’ve been trying to plan more indoor activities with this sweet one since it’s quite chilly outside these days. Baking is her favorite, but arts and crafts are her second love. We have this one on our list for this week!

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This handful did not make it into the cookie dough. 😉

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Seriously love this little sunshine girl. I was so worried about having two kids (let’s just blame it on those pregnancy hormones 😉 but having Addie girl has been a dream. Sure we’re late for everything and I’m currently surrounded by like every toy in our playroom (read: total mess!) but this two kid gig is pretty darn fun.

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And….now I’m off to sneak one from the freezer. Again. These may not make it till Thanksgiving. Wish me luck!

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P.S. This handy guide has the perfect tips for eliminating that Thanksgiving dinner stress. Bake ahead and forget doing five hundred bazillion dishes on Thanksgiving. 😉


Alexa Zurcher




  • The Girl who Loved to Write

    These sound delicious! Also, that is such a helpful chart!

  • Amy

    These cookies are my favorite! Mmmmmm!!! Love your little helper girls xoxoxoxo

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