Soft, delicious white chocolate chip pumpkin cookies - The Cavalier Daily - University of Virginia's Student Newspaper

2022-09-24 01:27:16 By : Ms. Michelle Zhuang

This seasonal treat is like a warm hug, exuding the coziness and comfort I associate with fall.  

Fall is truly the best season of the year. The red and orange leaves transform the scenery on Grounds, the crisp, refreshing air contrasts with the heat and humidity of previous months and the cool breeze means my wardrobe consists solely of sweatshirts. Throughout last week, the early morning chilliness boosted my mood, as I knew that meant fall is quickly approaching. In other words, it’s finally time to break out the pumpkin recipes.

Personally, I’m a massive fan of any and all things pumpkin — whether it’s pumpkin bars, Starbucks pumpkin cream cold brews or the Bath and Body Works pumpkin-scented candles. My favorite pumpkin-related item, however, is a pumpkin white chocolate chip cookie. This seasonal treat is like a warm hug, exuding the coziness and comfort I associate with fall. 

After baking a batch for my roommates, I realized the recipe was too good not to share with the rest of my fellow students. These cookies are relatively effortless, quick, and — in my opinion — surpass all other fall-specific baked goods. 

Be prepared for your kitchen to smell of cinnamon and notes of pumpkin. The sweet fragrance diffuses through the air and practically screams fall. The cookies themselves also don’t disappoint. The addition of the white chocolate chips provides an element of sweetness without overpowering the other spices and allows the pumpkin flavor to shine through. The best part, though, is the texture — the pumpkin puree makes the cookies perfectly soft and chewy, and — especially when just taken out of the oven — they literally melt in your mouth. 

There are some modifications you can implement if you’re missing ingredients or want to elevate these cookies. First, if you can’t find or don’t want to buy pumpkin pie spice at the store, you can substitute ¾ teaspoon of ground cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon of ginger, nutmeg or all-spice. You can even omit the pumpkin pie spice entirely and just add an extra teaspoon of cinnamon — the cookies will still be delicious. Second, rolling the cookie dough in a cinnamon-sugar mixture right before baking will spice up — pun very much intended — this recipe and yield a mouthwatering result. 

Ultimately, I highly recommend trying out pumpkin white chocolate chip cookies as soon as possible. If you’re looking for a cozy night in, whip up a batch while watching “Gilmore Girls” or listening to Phoebe Bridgers — it’s the perfect way to embrace the fall season. 

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