Holiday Recipes: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies with Gina L. Maxwell



‘Tis the season for Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies with Gina L. Maxwell!



  • 1 can cooked, mashed pumpkin
  • 2 C. sugar
  • 1 C. canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 C. sifted flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. milk
  • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Mix the 1st four ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Mix the next four ingredients together and stir into the batter. I shake it through a metal colander so the hard flour lumps don’t get through. Towards the end, it will be very hard to stir. Use those muscles and power through it. Rawr!
  3. In a small bowl, dissolve the baking soda into the milk. Pour the milk mixture into the batter and mix well.
  4. Add chocolate chips and vanilla extract and stir well.
  5. Spoon drop onto lightly greased cookie sheets. They won’t spread much so make them nearly the size you want them to be when finished. I make mine pretty big.
  6. Bake 8-9 minutes with dark pans, 15-16 minutes with light pans. Watch closely and test the centers with a toothpick. When they come out clean, they’re done.
  7. Remove from pans and place on a cookie rack or plate to cool.
  8. Eat copious amounts over the next several days, ignoring all other foods and nutritional logic in the process. (And for the love of God, stay away from the scale!) Bon appétit!

* This is a doubled recipe that will yield approximately 4 dozen cookies. If you don’t want to make this many, feel free to cut the ingredients in half. However, don’t come crying to me when you wish you’d made more. 😉

My Once-a-Year Fall Baking Tradition


Every fall, usually around Thanksgiving, I put on my big girl panties, suck up my aversion to all things June Cleaver-esque, and bake huge batches of Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies. My family doesn’t have secret recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation, however we do have recipes that were found in magazines or newspapers that have been passed down just as long. So, while my family isn’t the only one to ever make these cookies (that are actually more like muffins in the shape of cookies), I’ve never met anyone else who’s had them before, which makes them seem pretty special. My kids get super excited for this rare domestic occurrence, the annual CCPC tradition. This year I made 8 dozen and probably 6 of those are already gone after only 3 days. I guarantee the last 2 dozen won’t last another 2 days. We eat them like they’re cookie crack. Seriously, one year I ate nothing but these cookies for 3 days straight. That’s not an exaggeration. I mean literally nothing else. Not my proudest moments, but there you have it. For us, going a little crazy over the CCPC’s is a family tradition, and if you try them and like them as much as us, I hope you’ll make it one of yours too. 

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About Shameless:

People say I’m shameless. They’re right.

I like my sex dirty. It takes a hell of a lot to tilt my moral compass, and I always follow when it’s pointing at something I want. That goes double when it points straight at the one girl in all of Chicago who’s not dying for a piece of me.

She’s all I can think about, and that’s a problem, because she wants nothing to do with me. But I’ve seen her deepest secrets, her darkest fantasies, and they match mine to a fucking T.

I want her. Bad.

Now I need to show her how good it can feel…to be shameless.

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