I just love the way that a nice, rich chocolate complements the cinnamon and pumpkin cream cheese frosting. And obviously, you need a nice thick layer of chocolate ganache on top of that.
As much as I try to eat healthy most of the time, I don't feel the need to justify a little (OK, a lot) of chocolate here and there. I mean, everything in moderation, right? And if there's a time to splurge a little (or a lot), it's definitely October through December.
First of all, there's Halloween. And I'm going to admit that I'm not a huge Halloween person. It's cold, and I don't really want to go around with my 2-year-old in a costume I spent a pile of money on. However, Nov. 1? You'd better believe I'm hitting up the supermarket for leftover candy at 50 percent off.
There's Thanksgiving. Pumpkin, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing. Enough said.
And Christmas. The only reason those darn cold temperatures are forgivable, because we get to curl up with family and friends and drink hot chocolate and eat copious amounts of Christmas baking.
But these cookies.
For the cookies:
For the pumpkin cream cheese frosting:
For the chocolate ganache:
I got the idea from a mint chocolate version I did for Christmas in July. Since then, I haven't been able to stop thinking about all the combinations I could make. This pumpkin version was inevitable.
They are so easy, you don't even need to turn on the stove. They're chewy, sticky, chocolatey pumpkin perfection, just right for your fall celebration.
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