October is here! It's my favorite month of the year! Rosy cheek and sweater weather, pumpkin everything and those cool, crisp temps! I adore Fall in New England. Love it. October this year also means that our newest addition is now 5 months old and I feel like I'm slowly coming out of survival mode. Slowly. I admit that the adjustment from 3 to 4 kiddos was a steeper climb than I imagined it would be. I had this idea in my head that I would be super chill and have a go with the flow mentality because what could stump me after 3 other babies, right? Cue baby Tommy. He's a healthy, happy little man but our first 3 plus months were consumed with feeding struggles. We made the change to exclusive pumping as direct nursing wasn't working for this little guy. We haven't looked back since. He's thriving and that makes a momma happy.
These cookies are another thing that makes this momma happy. Pumpkin is pretty much my favorite baking flavor and it turns out that stuffing pumpkin chocolate chip cookies with Oreos is a very good idea. This treat is worth it. The cookies are true to their name: giant. Let's bake a batch, pour a cup of coffee and enjoy, shall we?
(makes approximately 13 giant cookies)
-1/2 cup butter
-3/4 cup pumpkin
-3/4 cup white sugar
-3/4 cup brown sugar
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-4 cups flour
-1 tsp baking soda
-1 tsp salt
-2-3 tsp cinnamon
-1 tsp nutmeg
-1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
Remove 13 Oreos from the package. Eat 2 just to make sure they're perfect. They are. Grab 2 more for the recipe. Heat a skillet on medium heat and add the 1/2 cup butter. Allow the butter to completely melt and then continuously stir the melted butter until it turns brown in color and there are solid bits separated on the bottom of the skillet. This takes approximately 8 minutes from the time you put the stick of butter onto the skillet. Pour the browned butter into a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer. Make sure to use a spatula to scrape all the bits from the skillet into the bowl. Add the white and brown sugar to the browned butter and cream together on medium speed. Once the butter and sugars are combined, add the vanilla extract and 2 eggs. Mix again. Next, add the pumpkin and mix again to finish combining the wet ingredients.
Add the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg on top of the wet ingredients. Lightly use a fork to gently stir the dry ingredients together and then mix the dry and wet ingredients on low to medium speed until a cookie dough forms. Fold in the chocolate chips.
I've tested this cookie dough a couple of ways and found that the best method is to cover the cookie dough and chill in the fridge for 1-2 hours. You can also prep the dough at night and leave in the fridge overnight if you would like to break up the steps. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or non-stick cooking spray.
Remove the cookie dough from the fridge. Using a cookie scooper, scoop a generous amount of cookie dough equivalent to 1 1/2-2 scoops of cookie dough. Roll into a ball using your hands and then press into a flat circle approximately 1/4-1/3 inch thick. Make sure that the cookie dough circle is larger than the diameter size of an Oreo. Place an Oreo cookie in the middle of the cookie dough circle. Scoop another generous amount of dough like the first one, roll into a ball and press into a circle larger than the diameter of the Oreo. Place this cookie dough on top of the Oreo. You now have a cookie dough Oreo sandwich. Gently pinch the edges of the two cookie dough circles together all around the Oreo so that you cannot see any part of the Oreo. Repeat these steps with all of the cookie dough. Tip: Dampen your hands if the cookie dough starts sticking to them. Place the unbaked cookies on the cookie sheet with at least 3 inches between each cookie. Bake for approximately 17 minutes (oven times may vary). Remove from the oven, allow to cool on the tray for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire cooling rack. Enjoy every bite!
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