October 9th, 2012

Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I have been looking everywhere for a recipe for Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies that actually tastes like a cookie, not a little cake, or a muffin top.  I never found one, so I took matters into my own hands. 

Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

The secret, which I learned after some experimenting, is to omit the eggs.  The pumpkin acts as an egg replacement.

The dough will be a little sticky, and the cookies will be quite soft right out of the oven (be sure not to over bake them though, or they will be dry) but they’re just perfect once they’ve cooled. 
I do use the extra 1/4 cup of flour, as I am at a slightly higher altitude, and I find it helps, but you may not need it if you are closer to sea level.
I think I’ll try a pumpkin oatmeal cookie next!

Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Preparation 10 mins Cook Time 10 mins Total Time 20 mins
Serves 36     adjust servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 3/4 to 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream together butter and sugars for 5 minutes with an electric mixer on high speed. Add vanilla and pumpkin and beat 3 minutes more.
  3. In a medium bowl stir together salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and 2 3/4 cups of flour.
  4. Mix dry ingredients into pumpkin mixture. If dough seems very sticky, add up to an additional 1/4 cup of flour.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Drop by large, rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookies sheets. Flatten the cookies slightly with the palm of your hand before baking (use a slightly damp hand if the dough is sticking).
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to brown.
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Who Dished It Up First: This is an original recipe, loosely based on my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.


  1. So that’s the trick … I’ve been on the same journey 🙂

  2. Thanks for doing the work for me! This recipe looks delicious. Thanks.

  3. So I made these today (with a little help from my 10-month old) and they turned out great! The guys at the fire dept loved them. A few even grabbed “one for the road” as they responded to a call. Lol!! One thing: mine STILL ended up turning out soft and cake like, not the chewy consistency that I was hoping for. Wonder what went wrong… Oh well; still tastes just like my local bakery’s pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes. =)

  4. Thank you so much for this amazing recipe !!! I baked them twice and both times turned out great!
    They’re just so yummy that I can’t stop eating !

  5. Smart lady! I, too, am tired of those cake-y pumpkin cookies.

  6. Sorry, I just had to post another comment on this recipe. Made these for my daughter’s 1st birthday party over the weekend and they were a BIG hit! Even the little kids gobbled them up instead of the sugar-rush cupcakes. I multiplied the recipe and made a ton so I graciously sent baggies of cookies home with anyone willing. Many called me later to tell me their cookies never made it home. =) Thanks again, Danielle, for the best cookie recipe ever!

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