I have a very fat cat. Twizz has been on a diet now for about a year and has lost 1 pound! This may not sound like an accomplishment but I guess its like the human version of losing 10 pounds. Recently she started howling in the middle of the night. Worried that she was hurt or something was wrong I hauled her to the vet (not an easy task). Turns out there was nothing wrong, she just doesn’t like her diet and is using the time between midnight and 2am to express her disgust with diet foods. While I don’t entirely blame her, I would get pretty bored if I had to eat the same bland low carb mush every day, I am beginning to understand what it must be like to have a child who won’t sleep through the night. The vet armed me with different techniques to try and determined to sleep through the night without having an 18 pound cat stand on my chest and cry, I am ready to try them all!
I bet by now you are wondering what all of this has to do with pumpkin cookies. One of the vet’s suggestions was to feed Twizz one teaspoon of pumpkin before bed at night. Apparently pumpkin is very high in fiber and a teaspoon is supposed to keep her feeling nice and full. Well after a few days of doling out a teaspoon of pumpkin at a time, I began to crave some pumpkin myself. I also began to wonder how long pumpkin lasts in the fridge (when you are only using a teaspoon a day it take a really long time to go through a can). So began my pumpkin baking adventure. Hope you enjoy my pumpkin cookies! I also don’t know if cookies is the right term for these they are very cakey and are a cross between cookies and mini muffins!
At least now I have a treat to eat when I am up feeding the cat in the middle of the night (and don’t be surprised if you see more pumpkin themed posts in the coming weeks.)
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
(makes about 3 dozen cookies)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter – room temperature
2 tsps vanilla
1 cup pumpkin
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinammon
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (or chunks)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Using an electric mixer cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time blending in between. Then add the pumpkin and vanilla.
In a separate bowl mix together dry ingredients. Add to to wet ingredients and mix together by hand until blended. Add the chocolate chips.
Drop by rounded tablespoon onto a greased cookie sheet. Cook for 8-10 minutes until set, cool on a wire rack.