Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies – Happy Blogiversary Becky!

Today, I bring you a recipe…but it isn’t mine.

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It belongs to a blogger who reminds us to always TREAT YO SELF!

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Who has run two half marathons…. one without even training! (I like how in the first half marathon recap it says that it was “likely” her last!!! YEA RIGHT!!!)

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Who always seems to end up being my hangover buddy šŸ˜‰ (of course, this picture wasn’t hungover but rather during our split bottle of wine….after a day of wine tasting….and cocktails….)

It comes from the brain of Becky at Olives n’ Wine!

A couple of months ago, Erica contacted me and asked if I’d be down to help plan a virtual surprise party celebrating Becky’s 1 year blogiversary. One year ago today, Becky wrote her first blog post! I was absolutely 100% down, and couldn’t believe how sweet of an idea it was…especially considering Erica ended up not being able to make it to Blend Retreat (poor thing just had to go to MEXICO! šŸ˜› ) so we have actually never all met! šŸ˜¦ Hope that changes next month when you find yourself in my neck of the woods, Erica!

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Anyway, though my inclination was to pick one of her many amazing peanut butter-chocolatey concoctions to display, I had to go with an option that’s not only seasonal (even my “mehhhh pumpkin” self loved them), but totally typically blogger-esque! In her original post, Becky talks about how this recipe has the two most typical blogger ingredients: pumpkin and coconut oil.

Go figure the night I brought pumpkin, flour, and all the other ingredients to my parents house to do some baking, I totally FORGOT all of my coconut oil. (we kiiiiind of got a lot at Blend). Oh well! Bought some more and made these cookies. They were DEEEE-LICIOUS. Though I’m usually a chewy cookie fan, these were quite cakey- but oh so flavorful. They might have made me like pumpkin…just a little! šŸ˜‰

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Oh, and I was sure to enjoy some Olives n’ Wine while I baked!

If you don’t follow Becky’s blog, you should. Becky, you have achieved so much this year and have so much to be proud of! I’m proud to call you a Blend AND a friend, and I can’t wait for our next adventure together!

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Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies (c/o Olives n’ Wine, Adapted from Inside BruCrew Life)

Makes 36 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, warmed but not 100% melted
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 TBSP vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 TSP baking soda
  • 1 TSP baking powder
  • 1 TBSP cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I used half milk chocolate and half dark chocolate minis)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix sugar and coconut oil with an electric mixer until blended. Add in pumpkin, egg and vanilla and blend until creamy. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Slowly stir dry mixture into pumpkin mixture just until combined. Mix in chocolate chips by hand. Roll cookies into 1-inch balls and place on cookie sheet (FYI ā€“ if you just ā€œplopā€ the cookie dough on the sheet, it wonā€™t spread nicely like typical cookies which is why my photos arenā€™t of pretty cookies. If you would like your cookies to have a nice appearance, roll the dough into balls prior to cooking!). Bake cookies for 7-8 minutes and then allow cookies to cool slightly on sheet for 3 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Katie’s Notes: I rolled my dough into balls and flattened them with the bottom of a small glass. I also used 1/2 white whole wheat flour, which worked out fine! My cookies were ginormous, so I barely got 24 and I had to cook ’em a little longer šŸ˜‰ I also used chopped chocolate chunks instead of chocolate chips. All still ended up excellent!

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Check out all the amazing recipes of Becky’s that we are showcasing today! Also check out our hashtag on Twitter & Instagram – #ONWturns1 šŸ™‚

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