'Tis The Season.

For pumpkin.


Ok I am jumping on the bandwagon a bit late. For real. Starbucks started September 1st. 


Sidebar: I SWEAR last year in October, BEFORE Halloween, one of the radio stations started playing Christmas music 24/7. I think it is a competition, who can start playing it the earliest. When does your holiday season begin? For me, HOLIDAYS start sometime in November. CHRISTMAS starts after Thanksgiving. I may have shopped before, but I love to enjoy Thanksgiving, then Christmas.


For me, pumpkin starts now.


I made some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. So delish. They are like tiny cakes.


My husband doesn’t like pumpkin. I hear it’s a fairly common thing? I cannot relate.


I use this in my cookies:











For those of you that cannot tell what that is (due to my lack of education on taking photos), it is Pumpkin Pie Spice from Trader Joe’s.



I also really like to use Trader Joe’s canned pumpkin.















But in this case I used Libby’s.











I do love all things pink. 




This time, I used white flour, unlike here.











I also added cinnamon with that pumpkin spice.



I also use half a banana. Because I like them.












This is the pumpkin mixture pre-flour addition:











I wanted to gobble it up.



Do you know what drives me crazy? When Giada and Ina and Paula don’t scrape the bowl and whisk clean. I am sure they do when they’re not filming. But when I’m watching and they pour the batter in the pan/sheet, etc, it drives me batty that they leave batter in the bowl. A good amount of it, too.


My mother and grandmother would kill them.



I wanted to lick this clean:











Who is saying I didn’t?



I added some chocolate of course.











Don’t you just want to eat that dough ball – raw eggs and all?



As we all know, I’m a cheater:












I also don’t use a cute little scooper to put the batter on the pan. I use a spoon.











A very regular spoon.



What I am was always yelled at for doing now when I was young:











Opening the over mid-bake. I know it’s wrong. Please skip the lectures.




These come out perfectly, like small cake-like lumps full of chocolate.












This baby with all the chocolate is mine. 













Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


2 eggs

1 cup sugar

1/2 mashed banana

1/2 cup canola oil

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1 cup chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350. Beat eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in oil, pumpkin, banana and vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients. Fold in chocolate chips. Bake for about 12 minutes.



















The bad news: the cookie jar is almost empty again. There are only 2 of us in the house, and we know who doesn’t like pumpkin. Crap.