I quit my job today.
I spent the last several years in Organic Chemistry. Six days a week, I buttoned up my long white lab coat, strapped on my bug-eyed safety goggles, and pulled on a pair of bright purple nitrile gloves. I stood at a fume hood more often than I sat at a desk, measuring liquids with syringes and weighing solids on a scale accurate to a tenth of a milligram. (I want that in my kitchen!)
During the last year, I attempted to produce a molecule with the potential to cure cancer. After abandoning three routes, staring at something that boiled at -20°C (-4°F), and magically evaporating one intermediate into thin air, I finally acknowledged two facts as I squirted acetone and chloroform into my flask:
(1) A particular plant in Brazil grew that compound faster than I could synthesize it.
(2) I thought about cooking more than chemistry. And I daydreamed about baking almost constantly.
I dragged my feet for a while, but I walked into the office this afternoon and handed my forms to the secretary. She wished me luck, and I floated out on Cloud 9.
I was free!
To celebrate at home, I consumed dark chocolate and cookie dough bites. Lots of cookie dough bites.
I know I told you that these Double Chocolate Cookie Dough Bites were my all-time favorites, but my new Pumpkin Cookie Dough Bites definitely give them a run for their money!
To make these bites, you’ll first whisk together flour (measured correctly!) and spices. For pumpkin treats, I always turn to the “Holy Trinity”: cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. (You can never have too much cinnamon!)
Next you’ll mix together melted butter and pumpkin. The pumpkin does double duty: it adds flavor and acts as the egg to bind the cookie dough together, which makes it safe to eat raw! Stir in a little vanilla and sugar—brown, to give the cookie dough a subtle molasses undertone—and pop it in the fridge. You need to chill the cookie dough before shaping it into balls because that reduces its stickiness and stiffens it up so it’s much easier to roll!
I’ve been storing a batch of these in my fridge for a week and sneak one almost every time I open the door. The chewy texture and comforting cinnamon taste of these Pumpkin Cookie Dough Bites are absolutely addictive and perfect for fall!