These deluxe White Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies have chewy centers and crisp edges. Paired with white chocolate and pecans, they ring in the fall season in a classy and luxurious way.
If you are as excited as me about the beginning of fall, then you just HAVE make these amazing cookies!
Since making this Pumpkin Spiced Fudge, I realized that white chocolate and pumpkin are kind of made for each other - and so, the romance continues with these cookies. Yum...
Personally, I like crunch and contrast with my cookies (and most every dessert), so I added a pecan nut on top of each cookie. I highly recommend doing this. The pecans get a nice toasty flavor while being baked on top of the cookie, which just adds more fabulousness to the celebratory fall aroma of these baked goodies.
To increase the chewiness of the cookies, I added 1 tablespoon of Vital Wheat Gluten to the all-purpose flour. This is the protein from the wheat grain and makes for denser baked goods. Similarly, to achieve the same effect, bread flour can be substituted for the all-purpose flour as it contains higher levels of protein.
Tips For the Dough As Well As Presentation
Due to the high water content of pumpkin puree, the dough will be quite sticky initially. For this reason, it HAS to be chilled before shaping into cookies. I recommend at least half an hour, but 1-2 hours are even better (more chilling doesn't hurt the dough, don't worry).
If the dough seems extremely sticky (due to varying water contents of pumpkin), you can stir in a little(!) more flour. The cookies don't spread too much in the oven, so do yourself a favor and flatten them as you shape them.
Another tip: any type of chocolate chip cookie looks better with additional chips on top of the cookies. I recommend adding additional white chocolate chips/chunks on top of the baked cookies only as you pull them from the oven. If you add them on top of the unbaked dough already, the white chocolate might brown/burn.
Deluxe Pumpkin White Chocolate Cookies
- ½ cup butter melted
- ½ cup brown sugar packed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 cup all-purpose flour or bread flour
- 1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten optional
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ½ cup white chocolate chips or chunks; add more to decorate the tops
- 16 pecan halves optional
- In a medium bowl stir together melted and cooled butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and pumpkin puree until well combined. In a large bowl whisk together all other dry ingredients.
- Add the wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Stir in white chocolate. The dough will be sticky, so chill for a minimum of 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Form dough into 16 cookies, flatten (the cookies don't spread much in the oven) and place on a lined baking sheet. Top each cookie with an optional pecan half. Bake for about 12 minutes. I like my cookies slightly underbaked. Adjust baking time for 'doneness' preference.
- Place a few more white chocolate chips/chunks on each cookie as you pull them from the oven (flatten cookies if necessary).
- Cool cookies on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container.
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White chocolate contains cocoa butter, sugar, and milk solids, while white baking chips are typically made with vegetable fats, sweeteners, and flavorings. The distinction lies in the absence of cocoa butter in the latter.
Melted butter in cookie dough contributes to a chewier texture and flatter appearance. It affects the cookie's spread during baking, resulting in a more delicate, moist center and crisp edges.
The 9 steps for making perfect cookies include ensuring precise measurements, using the right flour, chilling the dough, adding extra ingredients for texture, proper mixing techniques, controlling the oven temperature, utilizing quality ingredients, careful timing, and appropriate cooling methods.
The freshness of cookies can vary depending on their ingredients and storage conditions. Typically, homemade cookies can remain fresh for about 2 to 3 weeks when stored in an airtight container at room temperature. Storing them in the refrigerator or freezer can extend their shelf life even further.