Salted Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Rebekah — cooked up on September 29, 2016

Haters to the left! I’m about to drop another pumpkin recipe on you.

This one is near and dear to my heart, too. My mama makes a version of these cookies that I’ve enjoyed eating six or eight of in one sitting for most of my life. I’ve made a few small tweaks to her secret recipe, and I think you’ll love it.

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One of my favorite things about it, too, was that we never made just one batch at a time. It uses exactly half a can of pumpkin, so more often than not we would just double the amount of cookies we were making! Problem solved! In the best way possible. And with a family of six, the larger quantity was a smart idea anyway. Otherwise the batch wouldn’t last a day.

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I have baked, shared, brought to events and loved this recipe for nearly 30 years. I’m not sure why I haven’t posted it on the blog before now. Most of my childhood friends and definitely my family members have all had a taste of these cookies.

Salted Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies | PDXfoodlove

One of my personal tweaks to the recipe has just been to add a sprinkle of fancy sea salt on the top. I love the little bite of saltiness contrasting with the sweetness of the chocolate and pumpkin. And most of the time, I use homemade pumpkin puree because I have a TON of it in my freezer. The canned stuff also works! I find that the canned pumpkin makes it a little sweeter tasting, and the homemade puree makes it more vegetal. Both good options – pick whichever one works for you.

The Cocktail Diaries: Watermelon Margaritas

The Cocktail Diaries: Watermelon Margaritas


  • 2 oz. fresh watermelon juice*
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz. orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
  • 2 oz tequila
  • Lime wedge for garnish
  • Rim salt


  1. *To make fresh watermelon juice, blend fresh watermelon chunks in a blender until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove remaining solids and discard the solids. Store in the refrigerator. One watermelon makes a LOT of juice, you may want to juice some and eat some.
  2. Wet the rim of a cocktail glass with a lime wedge and dredge in salt.
  3. Shake about 1 cup of ice, watermelon juice, lime juice, orange liqueur and tequila together for 10-15 seconds, or until ice cold. Strain into the glass and garnish with the lime wedge.
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