She told me 'pumpkin spice chocolate chip cookies' would work.
But, based on how desperate I was for a New Thing as the clock winds down on my work days before the final push of New Things before the end of 2013, I think I might have a different name for these so-called pumpkin spice chocolate chip cookies:
I think I'll call them "Miracle Cookies".
OK, OK. Miracle might be a bit of an exaggeration.
But I really was afraid I would have to force a New Thing, and with just 12 New Things left in the year, I didn't want to waste one.
Then my wife brought out dessert and there were these cookies.
When she told me what they were I wasn't thrilled - I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin-flavored stuff.
I won't drink pumpkin coffee. (My wife loves it.) I might eat a pumpkin donut, but there's a long list of preferences before you get to pumpkin. (My wife loves them. Not my preferences. Pumpkin donuts.) I'm not the greatest fan of pumpkin pie. I've never had pumpkin cookies before.
So I took a small cookie and tried it.
They were delicious.
I think the chocolate chip taste does a good job for me of neutralizing the pumpkin taste.
My wife says she got the recipe from someone she works with. (My 2-and-a-half-year-old weighed in and said, "Mama, I want cookie." Then she wildly flailed her arms to show me how, as she said, "I mix!")
I hope my wife's co-worker doesn't mind if I now share that recipe with you. Mix the following:
-One box of Duncan Hines spice cake mix
-One can of pumpkin (that just sounds awful to me. Who wants a can of pumpkin?)
-One bag of mini chocolate chips
After mixing separate the batter out as cookies. (This might seem obvious to you, but I'm not a cookie maker. I thought they just come in little pre-made circles.) Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Enjoy.