Need a fun Halloween treat that will carry you into Thanksgiving? We've got you covered.
Halloween brings a wave of chocolate and jack o' lanterns. Thanksgiving, for many, means pumpkin pie. But what if, you say, there were a way to combine the fall-friendly goodness of pumpkins and the sweet richness of chocolate? The answer, my friends, is a chumpkin.
Some friends of ours told us about pumpkin chocolate-chip cookies a couple of years ago. They called them "chumpkins," which, according to the UrbanDictionary.com, is "something you say when you are just feeling good." Eating chumpkins definitely qualifies.
There are plenty of recipes, but since we live in Boston, the one we found was on Boston.com (the Web site associated with "The Boston Globe"). The ingredients are pretty standard: sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, butter, an egg, vanilla extract, pumpkin puree, semisweet chocolate morsels, and maybe some walnuts or pecans if you want them (our recipe declared them "optional," so we opt out). Since a lot of people are making pumpkin pies now and many of the ingredients are the same, you may find, as I did, that a lot of that stuff is on display together at your local grocery.
Ours always turn out slightly spongy, light, and sweet. Although our oven seems not to be able to take its own temperature, so your results may vary. What matters is that they are orange and tasty and festive.
If you have a different favorite recipe for chumpkins, post it in the comments and we'll compare. Or share a description of how eating chumpkins makes you feel. My guess is that you feel pretty, well -- chumpkins.
Halloween Recipe: Chocolate + Pumpkin = Chumpkins
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