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Soft, perfectly pumpkin-y, and loaded with chocolate chips, these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies will soon be everyone’s favorite fall cookie. Simply mix, scoop, and bake these easy pumpkin cookies.
It’s the season of spooky, and everything tastes better with a little bit of pumpkin. These cake-like cookies, loaded with chocolate chips, are a melt-in-your-mouth delight that is full of fall flavor.
Pumpkin and chocolate pair together perfectly in these moist cookies. Made from scratch with basic pantry ingredients, it only takes 30 minutes to have a plate of hot, fresh cookies.
With their delightful pumpkin flavor, these cookies are perfect for holiday get-togethers, cookie swaps, bake sales, or an easy after-dinner treat. Serve your cookies with a cup of coffee or a glass of milk.
Ingredients for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Vanilla Extract
- Vegetable oil
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Flour: all-purpose flour works best in this recipe
- Chocolate chips: semi-sweet is our go-to choice
- Pumpkin: regular plain canned pumpkin
The key to soft pumpkin cookies is the canned pumpkin. When you’re at the grocery store check the label carefully and make sure that you are getting plain pumpkin puree, and not pumpkin pie filling as pumpkin pie filling has added sugar and spices.
You can use any type of chocolate chips, including semi-sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or even white chocolate chips. You can also include additional add-ins like chopped nuts, dried fruit, or even a half cup of quick oats for some texture.
Expect a fairly sticky cookie dough. It’s why you drop the dough onto the cookie sheet and then use wet fingers to pat it down. When you are mixing together your ingredients, make sure not to over-mix the dough or the cookies will flatten out too much. For the easiest clean-up, you can use a layer of parchment paper or a silicone baking mat on your cookie sheet.
How to make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
FIRST STEP: Combine all dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl, and mix.
SECOND STEP: In a separate large bowl add all wet ingredients: egg, vanilla, pumpkin, and oil. Mix until well combined.
THIRD STEP: Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
FOURTH STEP: Fold in chocolate chips.
FIFTH STEP: Let batter sit for 20 minutes.
SIXTH STEP: Preheat oven to 350°F.
SEVENTH STEP: Scoop cookies about two tablespoon-size onto a greased baking sheet.
EIGHTH STEP: Lightly wet the tips of your fingers to pat down the cookie batter, then carefully place 3-4 extra chocolate chips on the tops of the cookies before baking to make them look prettier.
NINTH STEP: Bake for 10 minutes (time may vary with different ovens).
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use homemade pumpkin puree?
If you prefer you can make your own homemade pumpkin puree to use in this cookie recipe.
Can I freeze pumpkin cookies?
You can store cooled cookies in a freezer-safe bag or container in the freezer for up to three months. Thaw cookies at room temperature before serving.
What can I add to pumpkin cookies?
Chopped walnuts, chopped pecans, raisins, cranberries, dates, and quick oats all make delicious cookie additions. You could also add a bit of pumpkin pie spice, ground nutmeg, ginger, cloves, or allspice.
Storing this Recipe
On the counter: Store leftover pumpkin cookies in an airtight container on the counter for up to 4 days.
In the freezer: Pumpkin cookies can be stored in a Ziploc bag in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups flour
- 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- Combine all dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl, and mix.
- In separate large bowl add all wet ingredients: egg, vanilla, pumpkin and oil. Mix until well combined.
- Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
- Fold in chocolate chips.
- Let batter set for 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Scoop cookies about two tablespoon size onto a greased baking sheet.
- Lightly wet the tips of your fingers to pat down the cookie batter, then carefully place 3-4 extra chocolate chips on the tops of the cookies before baking to make them look prettier.
- Bake for 10 minutes (time may vary with different ovens).