Saturday, December 5, 2009

A snowy afternoon

It has been snowing all day here.  One of those days that is perfect to stay inside and start decorating for Christmas!  Luckily I made a batch of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies yesterday to enjoy today!  This recipe comes from a dear friend.  Many of our family favorites are recipes that started in her kitchen! 

1/2 cup of shortening
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 large egg
1 cup of canned pumpkin
1 tsp of vanilla
2 1/2 cups of flour
1 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of nutmeg
1 cup of dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy (remember the more fluffy at this point, the softer your cookies will be).  Beat in the egg, then pumpkin and vanilla.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, nutmeg, and cinnamon.  Gradually add to the creamed mixture.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Drop one tablespoon per cookie onto sheet pans.  Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly brown.  Cool on wire racks.   Enjoy!

PS: This cookie has less than 3grams of fat per cookie!

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