How to Make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies: The Perfect Fall Recipe

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This Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe is a classic and my very favorite!

Last year I was on this crazy-woman quest to develop a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe that wouldn’t be so puffy and cakey. I came up with these Browned Butter Pumpkin Pudding cookies; which use a little less pumpkin puree, warmed (well, practically scorched, actually) butter, and pumpkin pudding mix to bring together a great pumpkin flavor with a classic chocolate chip cookie texture.

It was definitely the high point of my pumpkin baking season, and I made those cookies a thousand times last year. If you haven’t tried them, be sure to check them out!

But this year, I’ve been feeling a little more nostalgic and really craving a good, ol’ fashioned cake-y pumpkin chocolate chip cookie.

When I lived in UT, I seriously lived and died for the day Dunford Pumpkin Cookies were available in stores. I think they are absolutely perfect– cake–y on the inside, slightly tough on the outside (but in a good way– it’s hard to explain), and full of spice and gigantic chocolate chips. I haven’t seen them anywhere since I moved (I think they’re specific to UT, bummer), so I thought I’d try to make do with making my own.

This Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe is a classic and my very favorite!

This is actually a recipe I used a lot back when I was in college, before I was doing very much baking. And I remember my family going nuts over them on Christmas. So this recipe is one of the few I submitted to our family cookbook, and I’m kind of proud of it (simple as it may be).

These cookies are delightfully dense, cake-y, and full of big, fat milk chocolate chips! You’ll love every pumpkin-y bite.

This Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe is a classic and my very favorite!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen


  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Prepare a cookie sheet by lining it with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Use an electric mixer to mix together the pumpkin, butter, and brown sugar.
  3. Mix in an egg.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla to the bowl. Mix well until smooth.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop cookie dough by 1/4 cup onto the prepared baking sheet (these won't spread much, so it's okay to make them sort of close together).
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into a cookie comes out clean (these are about the size of a small cupcake, so they bake a little longer than your average cookies).
  8. Let cool completely before eating. As with all things pumpkin, these taste MUCH better on day 2!


Are pumpkin chocolate chip cookies healthy?

Yes, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are generally considered a healthy dessert option. They are lower in calories and fat than many other cookies, and they also provide some fiber and vitamin A from the pumpkin puree.

How many calories are in a Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie?

Most Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies have around 100-120 calories per cookie. The amount may vary depending on the recipe you use, so it’s always best to check the specific recipe.

Do you have to refrigerate Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies?

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies do not have to be refrigerated.

Can I freeze Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies?

Yes, you can freeze pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. However, it’s best to wrap them up tightly in plastic or foil before putting them into the freezer so that they don’t get moisture damage from being stored with other items.

How long does a Pumpkin Cookie last?

These ookies can be enjoyed within a few days because the pumpkin puree used to flavor them tends to go bad. Refrigerating your cookies will allow them to last longer, but this also increases the risk of them getting moisture damage from other food in the fridge. Frozen cookies will last longer than refrigerated ones, but they will often become hard and may not be enjoyable to eat.

What is the difference between a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie and a pumpkin spice cookie?

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies are simply chocolate chip cookies with added pumpkin puree for extra flavor. Pumpkin spice cookies are typically made with the spices associated with fall (like nutmeg, cloves, and allspice) and may not include chocolate chips.

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    • I developed this recipe at a high altitude actually (although it seems to work just fine now that I live in NC), so maybe they’ll turn out okay for you?! If I find any great high altitude tips, I’ll let you know 🙂


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