Our family "adopts" many new people as they enter our lives through the military, college, work, etc. I always ask them to bring a "family tradition" dish with them when they attend holiday meals and then we incorporate their traditions with ours. I have gathered many favorites over the years by doing this and there is a fond memory attached to each recipe. This cookie came from a college friend of my cousin Jane. It is simple in flavor (not too sweet) and is like a cake cookie.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together sugar and shortening.
- Add pumpkin and egg and mix again.
- In a small mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder and cinnamon.
- In a condiment bowl or small cup, dissolve baking soda into milk.
- Add baking soda mixture to dry ingredients and blend.
- Slowly add dry ingredients into the wet, add vanilla, and mix well.
- Fold in chocolate chips.
- Drop by heaping teaspoons onto cookie sheet.
- I line the sheet with parchment paper.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes until slightly golden around bottom edges.
- This makes a small batch (I am guessing about 4 dozen) I often double the recipe with no problem!