Bruno Albouze Pumpkin Cookies

Giant Pumpkin Chocolate Cookies

Yields10 ServingsPrep Time50 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time1 hr 10 minsDifficultyIntermediateRating


Pumpkin Mixture
 850 g Pumpkin puree 2 unsweetened organic pumpkin can
 100 g Carrot juice
 4 g Salt
 150 g Dark brown sugar
 8 g Ground cinnamon
 20 g Fresh ginger, grated
 10 g Vanilla
Cookie Dough
 200 g Pumpkin mixture turned into paste
 425 g All purpose flour
 3 g Baking powder
 4 g Baking soda
 230 g Butter, room temp
 15 g Crystalized ginger chopped
 2 g Salt
 100 g Dark brown sugar
 75 g Sugar
 5 g Anise seeds
 50 g Eggs (1)
Pumpkin Seeds Butter
 200 g Raw Pepitas
 30 g Neutral oilgrape seed, peanut, safflower...
Pumpkin Seeds Praliné
 200 g Click Here
Pumpkin Seeds Brittles
 150 g Pumpkin seeds raw pepitas
 2 g Anise seeds
 60 g Granulated sugar
 25 g Dark brown sugar
 1 g Salt
 10 g Butter
 200 g Cooked pumpkin mixture
 200 g Pumpkin seeds butter
 200 g Pumpkin praliné
 150 g Dark chocolate disks
 200 g Pumpkin brittles
 100 g Candied orange optional


Pumpkin Mixture

Make a day ahead.
In a large frying pan, cook pumpkin puree along with carrot juice, salt, dark brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and ginger. Cook over medium heat at the beginning and lower the flame as it reduces down. Stir often to prevent scorching; it should take 30 minutes. Now, the pumpkin mixture has turned into a flavorful paste losing pretty much half of its initial weight. Let cool to room temperature before using.

Pumpkin Batter Mixture

Cookie Dough

In large bowl, mix up flour with baking powder and baking soda. In the food processor, cream butter along with salt, anise seeds, crystalized ginger and sugar. Add a couple tablespoons of flour and add half the pumpkin mixture. Give a few pulses to combine and add the egg and mix. Transfer mixture to a large pastry bowl and add remaining flour. Wrap up cookie dough into a 17''/43cm log. Refrigerate overnight. Unwrap and re-roll into a neat log; no need for extra flour. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Pumpkin Cookie Dough

Cutting Cookies

Divide cookie dough log into 10 equal portions – each cookie should weight 3 ounces/90 grams. Leave them tall as shown in the video. Keep refrigerated or freeze for later use.

Bruno Albouze Pumpkin Cookie Dough Log

Pumpkin Seeds Butter

Toast pepitas over the stove, stop when it pops – cool. Throw seeds in a food processor along with a pinch of salt and mix until it turn into paste. Add oil gradually to ease processing; add more if necessary.

Pumpkin Seeds Brittle

In a medium frying pan, turn granulated sugar into brown caramel. Toss in pepitas with salt. Turn heat off and add butter. Transfer mixture onto a silicone mat to cool.

Pumpkin Brittle

Baking Cookies

Preheat oven to 375ºF/190ºC. Lower temperature to 350ºF/180ºC if using a fan oven. Place 5 cookies per baking tray and bake one tray a the time. Pre-bake cookies for 5 minutes, remove from oven and flatten cookies using a large glass or cup. Put cookies back in the oven for 7 to 8 minutes – Do not over bake. Gently stuff each cookie with some pumpkin seeds butter, pumpkin seeds praliné (any praliné can be used for these cookies) and pipe a more generous amount of pumpkin mixture. Return cookies to the oven for 5 minutes more. Turn oven off. Top cookies with more dots of pumpkin seeds butter and praliné. Add pieces of pumpkin brittle, chocolate and candied oranges. Put back in the oven for 90 seconds just for the chocolate to melt. Transfer cookies onto a wire rack to cool. Do not refrigerate cookies afterward, but rather leave at room temp. They wont last anyway... Enjoy!

5 thoughts on “Giant Pumpkin Chocolate Cookies”

  1. What happens if I make this totally and then freeze the finished cookies and then let them thaw for the day and serve? Or do you recommend any other cookie we can freeze and then take out and serve for a diner party for 24 people.

    Thanks and we cook with your stuff all the time for diner parties and each dish is great.

  2. Thank you Bruno!

    Can I use tallow or coconut oil to substitute for the butter in the cookie dough?

    What can I substitute for butter with the pumpkin seed brittle?

    Thank you and we are going to make these awesome giant creative original pumpkin cookies of yours for our diner party for 22 people.

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