Here's a little twist on pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Your hands will get a little more messy and it takes time, but they are so cute and make wonderful gifts!
Cookie recipe courtesy of Libby Parr
1 cup butter flavored crisco (or shortening)
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
For dipping another 2 cups semi sweet chocolate - or your favorite dark chocolate.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray cookie sheets (grease).
In a large bowl, mix together the crisco shortening and white sugar until smooth or fully incorporated. Beat in the eggs one at a time whipping them in well.
Stir in the vanilla and pumpkin until well blended.
Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowel; stir into the pumpkin mixture.
Mix in the chocolate chips and walnuts if desired.
Scoop a small spoonful into your hand and roll fast into a ball. (if you roll your hands slow it will just stick to your hands) then roll some more unevenly so you create a cone shaped ball.
Place onto cookie sheet. This is a very firm dough. however you place it and shape it is how it will stay. It doesn't spread on the sheet so you don't have to worry too much about spacing.
Place in the oven and let cook approximately 8-10 minutes, until the tip is just barely turning golden.
While cookies are baking over a double boiler melt your remaining chocolate pieces until nice and runny.
Remove cookies from oven, cool on rack and continue to bake until the rest of the batter is used up.
Take your cookie and dip the pointy top into the chocolate, hold it in the air to let it start to set and get it's "kiss" look.
Then place a plate of them in the freezer to help them set up while you continue to dip the rest of your cookies, remove set up cookies and rotate remaining cookies into the freezer.