I was leafing through a bunch of old recipes my mother brought to me on a recent pilgrimage the rents made to D.C. I stumbled upon one of my favorite fall desserts that I haven’t had in some time, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.
So, here’s the dealio with these moist delights. A neighbor of ours in Cleveland shared this recipe with us many, many years ago. I can’t remember the woman’s name, primarily because for years I thought her name was ‘That bitch,” as dubbed by my restless father, anxious to inoculate himself into a soma suburban slumber, devoid of nosy neighbors constantly showing up unannounced; in our driveway, yard, bedroom doorway.
So, as I doubled the recipe the other night, I kept thinking of my father with his cigar hanging out of his mouth, surveying his perfectly-landscaped backyard, staring at our neighbor’s house, declaring, “That bitch.” I started to do, mentally, my father’s impression while preparing the dough which quickly morphed into the Cartman classic and then, finally, the delightfully-warbled Charlotte Rae a.k.a. Mrs. Garrett from Facts of Life calling Joan Collins a “bitch.” It’s a brilliant piece of Access Hollywood journalism.
I got so wrapped up in the impressions, particularly Charlotte Rae’s and several glasses of Pinot, that it wasn’t until I was at work the next day when I realized something: I left out half the butter the doubled recipe called for.
Quite the pickle, I must say! I wondered how Mrs. Garrett would handle this. I suspect she was quite busy running her boarding school and would not have time to remake the dough. So I baked them, minus half the butter. The result? Well, the cookies even with the appropriate amount of butter are quite light. But these were lighter than I remembered. Very cake-like and airy. I was impressed. I also opted to grate my own nutmeg and cinnamon which enhanced the flavor of the cookie and instead of chocolate chips, I chunked up several ounces of 60% cocoa bar chocolate. I liked the idea of shards of chocolate, rather than chips.
Try them. Unlike the Facts of Life, it doesn’t take a lot to get these right.
October Surprise ‘Bitch’ Cookies
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/2 pound of butter
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of pumpkin
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 cups of flour
1 12 oz bag chocolate chips
Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes