Brenda Stanley
Belle's pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

The day my daughter Whitney was born, I knew I was in for a ride. She was a spitfire with a shock of black hair and a mind that could devise schemes even as a toddler. She could even convince her twin sister, her exact opposite — Ashley was a low-key blue-eyed blonde — to help her in her plots of terror.

And now my little black sheep child has a child of her own. That’s right, its payback time, and it’s going to be sweet. And while Whitney has her dark side, there is an equally sweet one. She loves her mama’s cooking, and that always wins me over.

One of Whitney’s favorite treats is one of my most simple recipes. My pumpkin chocolate chip cookies will tame my wild child and bring on lots of loving praise. I guess it is time to let on how very easy they are.

Three-ingredient recipes are wonderful, and this one is definitely a favorite. Not only are they easy, but they are so moist and delicious that you will think they took hours to make. And forget about only making them during the holiday season, these wonderful cookies can be made year-round.

So unleash your inner wild child and whip up a batch. Forget telling anyone how easy they were, just sit back and smile.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 box spice cake mix

1 15 ounce can pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

1 cup chocolate chips

Mix together and place by teaspoonfuls on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes. Cool on racks.

Brenda Stanley is the mother of five children, including two sets of

twins, and a grandmother of three. She is a cookbook author and

novelist. Her website is at