Like most of you on the day before Thanksgiving, we’re a bit distracted. We’re focused on one thing though: Our gratitude to our readers. We appreciate the fact you keep coming back.
While we’re on the topic of distractions, we’ll be closing up shop for the long weekend and returning on Monday, November 29. In the meantime, if you’re fearful that your upcoming holiday gathering is akin to SNL’s recent spoof of a Target Thanksgiving ad, then consider this executive editor’s timeless pumpkin chocolate chip cookies: They are a definite crowd please and can satisfy almost everyone’s dietary (and political) needs.
In the meantime, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones.
1/2 cup Miyoko’s Vegan butter or other “healthy” margarine
1 cup organic brown sugar
1/2 cup organic granulated sugar
1 humanely sourced (cage free, organic, etc.) egg (You can try using ¼ cup of applesauce or another alternative if you wish for these to be vegan)
1 cup organic canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon fair trade vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups organic all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger and cloves)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional – or any nuts for that matter)
1 cup or a 12 oz bag of fair trade-certified semisweet chocolate chips (or dark chocolate chips or chunks)
The steps to making these addictive cookies:
You can use butter, but using Miyoko’s vegan alternative (which I prefer as it has no palm oil) or a similar product gives the cookies a nice texture, similar to a cake. If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice should do the trick. And don’t forget the salt–it brings out the flavor of the chocolate.
The results should look almost the above photo, courtesy Keith McDuffee via Wiki Commons. (The author’s photos never happen as platters of these cookies disappear before he thinks of snapping a pic.).
Lead image credit: Joseph Gonzales via Unsplash
Leon Kaye has written for TriplePundit since 2010, and became its Executive Editor in 2018. He's based in Fresno, CA, from where he happily explores California’s stellar Central Coast and the national parks in the Sierra Nevadas. He's worked and lived in South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay, and has traveled to over 70 countries. He's an alum of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the University of Southern California.