Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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The best ever Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies! These cookies are soft and chewy with crisp edges instead of typical cake-like pumpkin cookies.

For cake-like cookies, try these soft pumpkin cookies. These pumpkin oatmeal cookies are another favorite pumpkin cookie recipe!

Image of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies stacked on top of each other with the top one with a bite out of it.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

While I love the big, soft, cake-y, muffin-top-like pumpkin cookies, nothing compares to these cookies. They’ve got everything you love about regular chewy chocolate chip cookies, but with a pumpkin spice twist.

With actual pumpkin and fall-inspired spices in the dough, these cookies are carefully created to give you a soft and chewy center with crisp edges.

Process shots--images of all the ingredients being added to a bowl and stirred together to make the dough; then an image of the dough being rolled into a ball.

How to make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Melt the butter. Melted butter gives these cookies that soft and chewy texture
  2. Add sugars to the cooled butter. Once the butter is melted, it needs to cool back down to room temperature; otherwise the butter will melt the sugars and make these cookies greasy and flat
  3. Stir the sugars into the butter until smooth.
  4. Add the pumpkin, vanilla extract, and the yolk of an egg. Save the white for a different recipe like this egg wrap.
  5. Mix until smooth.
  6. Add in all the spices, salt, and baking soda.  Spices can be added to preference, but how the recipe is written is exactly how we like these cookies. You could also replace all the spices (except the cinnamon) with 1 to 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice.
  7. Stir until everything is well incorporated; we don’t want a pocket of spice ending up in one cookie!
  8. Add in flour and chocolate chips. We love milk chocolate chips in this recipe, but semi-sweet or dark chocolate would also be delicious, so use whichever is your favorite
  9. Mix until you’ve got a thick (sticky) cohesive dough. Cover tightly and chill the dough for one hour.
  10. Roll cookie dough balls that are taller rather than wider. Cookie dough balls should be 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of dough or about 30 grams if you’ve got a food scale handy.

Overhead image of one of the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies fresh out of the oven with one of the cookies split in half.

Cookie troubleshooting

Overhead image of the cookies with milk on the side ready to be enjoyed.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie tips

  • Be prepared time-wise. These cookies require some patience: the melted butter needs to be cooled to room temperature and the actual dough needs to chill twice.  Don’t rush these steps or the cookies won’t turn out properly.
  • Use good, firm pumpkin.  If your canned pumpkin is watery, the cookies won’t taste as good and the texture will be off. I recommend Libby’s® canned pumpkin (not sponsored).
  • Make them pretty. Press some chocolate chips onto the tops of the cookies as soon as you take them out of the oven; this ensures even dispersion of chocolate and they also look more appetizing.
  • Spoon and level the flour: If you press a measuring cup into a bag of flour you will pack in way too much flour; use a spoon to spoon it into a measuring cup and then level the top with the back of a butter knife. If your Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies turn out cake-y, there was likely too much flour added.
  • Roll cookie dough balls higher instead of wider. This technique ensures that the bottom part of the dough cooks first, giving you those delicious crisp edges. The top of the cookie dough ball cooks down last, leaving it slightly less baked and ultra soft and chewy!

Instead of freezing already-baked cookies, freeze the dough! Drop the cookie dough balls on a large sheet pan and freeze until solid. Once solid, transfer the frozen cookie dough balls into an airtight container/bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

To bake: you can bake straight from the freezer; just add 1-3 minutes onto the cooking time (or thaw the dough in the fridge and bake according to directions).

Bonus: you’re the super star when you can give your family freshly baked homemade cookies with just a moment’s notice!

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

4.94 from 16 votes
The best-ever Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies! These cookies are soft and chewy with crisp edges instead of typical cake-like pumpkin cookies.
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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

4.94 from 16 votes
The best-ever Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies! These cookies are soft and chewy with crisp edges instead of typical cake-like pumpkin cookies.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword pumpkin chocolate chip cookies
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 34 minutes
Servings 22 -24 cookies
Calories 148kcal
Cost $5.17

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (111g) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup (53g) white sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 large egg yolk (discard whites or save for another recipe)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup (72g) canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling; not an entire can)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon EACH: ground cloves and nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (190g) white all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup (110g) chocolate chips

Instructions

  • MELT BUTTER: In a large, microwave safe bowl, melt the 1/2 cup butter. Let the butter stand until cooled to room temperature. It is very important the butter isn't hot or it will melt the sugars and cause greasy cookies.
  • ADD SUGARS: Add in 1/4 cup white sugar and 3/4 cup lightly packed light brown sugar to the room temperature melted butter. Stir until smooth with a wooden spoon.
  • REMAINING WET: Add in the large egg yolk (discard or save the whites for a different recipe), 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1/3 cup canned pumpkin. Make sure the pumpkin isn't watery; dab off excess moisture if it is. Stir until ingredients are combined.
  • SPICES: Add 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice, and 3/4 teaspoon baking soda. Stir until spices are well incorporated.
  • FLOUR AND CHOCOLATE: Spoon and level (See Note 1) to measure 1 and 1/2 cups flour and add to the bowl. Add the 2/3 cup chocolate chips. Gently stir to form a dough. It will seem dry at first, but continue to stir until you have a thick and sticky dough. Cover the bowl tightly and refrigerate for one hour.
  • BAKE: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or a Silpat liner. Measure 1 and 1/2 tablespoons (or 30 grams) dough per cookie ball. Roll the balls so they are taller rather than wider (see photo in post). Place 6 cookie dough balls on the sheet pan and then place in the freezer for 8 minutes. Remove and bake for 8-11 minutes (we like them best at 9 minutes; slightly under-baked will yield super-soft and chewy cookies) or until no longer glossy on top. Remove from the oven and let cookies stand on the sheet pan for 5 minutes. If desired, press a few more chocolate chips into the tops of the cookies.
  • STORAGE: Using a metal spatula, transfer cookies to a cooling rack and allow the cookies to finish cooling. They firm up more as they cool. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: If you press a measuring cup into a bag of flour you will pack way too much flour in; use a spoon to scoop it into a measuring cup and then level the top with the back of a butter knife. If your Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies turn out cake-y, there was likely too much flour added. To be as accurate as possible,  use a food scale to measure precisely 190 grams of flour.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 24cookies | Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.1g | Protein: 1.8g | Fat: 6.8g | Cholesterol: 17.9mg | Sodium: 45.1mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14.2g

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58 Comments

  1. Oh my gosh, you reminded me of when my Nana would put on Elvis songs for my mother to dance to! If you are starting a Taylor fan club, count me in! Beautiful photos Chelsea!

  2. 5 stars
    These look amazing. And kudos to the ” exactly complete” intructions in the recipe! Nice, no mistaking that huh? =) Can’t wait to try them. I love pumpkin, and chocolate, yay!

  3. I love that this is a “non-cakey” recipe. I do love the cakey kind but I would love to try some that aren’t! I will have to try! Thanks!

  4. 5 stars
    Hi Chelsea,

    I loved these just as much as your chewy pumpkin oatmeal cookies, they are awesome! Not too spicey which is perfect for me, and awesomely chewy. Thanks for another great cookie recipe!!!

    Robin

  5. Could I form the cookies and then refridgerate overnight and bake the cookies the next morning? Or would that make it too chilled and affect the baking?

  6. 4 stars
    I made these when I got a pumpkin at a market, seeing how it is August and I have been waiting months to make something with pumpkin, I couldnt wait! But, because it is August, and its too hot to turn on my oven, I decided to make the batter the night before and freeze the balls of dough to pop in the oven early the next morning on one of the colder mornings of the week. I had to cook them for 5 minutes more, and they didnt quite spread like the picture, but they taste great! If you want them to spread out, I dont recommend baking from frozen. Happy that I now have some leftover dough balls in the freezer for when Im craving for more pumpkin cookies! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. You put frozen cookie dough into the oven to bake? Frozen dough is very different from chilled dough. Typically you don’t have to chill a drop cookie recipe, but to actually freeze it.. not surprised they didn’t cook in the middle. It’s the first time I’ve ever heard of baking a frozen cookie dough.

  7. These look so great! Do you have any idea how long these could stay fresh? And how I could possibly ship them? Thank you, excited to try these!!

    1. Thank you so much! I think these are best eaten by 3-4 days. I really have no idea on shipping these; I’ve never tried that. Wish I could be of more help, but hopefully someone else can chime in! 🙂

  8. I made these today and they are prefect! A new Go To recipe! I will be doubling or tripling next time though since it ONLY makes two dozen ?

    1. Haha 🙂 Yes, ONLY making two dozen is definitely a fault of this recipe 😉 Thank you so much Bethany! I’m thrilled you enjoyed these!

  9. The ingredients call for 1 1/2 cup of flour, but your directions say 1 cup of flour. Which is the correct measurement for this recipe?
    Thanks!

    1. Hey Chantell! Instruction number 6 has you add the first 1/2 cup and then the next step is adding the remaining 1 cup so 1 and 1/2 cup total 🙂 Enjoy!

  10. 5 stars
    These cookies are absolutely delicious!!! I used coconut oil in place of butter and dairy free chocolate chips to make them suitable for a friend! They turned out chewy like you described! We enjoyed them so much I am making another batch tonight!

  11. 5 stars
    These were amazing! I had made the “cake” ones the last few years. While I’d say those are more pumpkin-y, these are a more well rounded fall flavor due to the spices. I am making a second batch today after I roast up the porch pumpkins 🙂 Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  12. 5 stars
    These were excellent, wonderful flavor, and simple, although mine still came out cakey on two different batches. The second time I followed the instructions more about chilling, but either way, they were a taller cookie, unlike the photo, still moist and cakey, but delicious! Would have liked to have seen a photo of the stacking method of placing them on the pan. I don’t mind them cakey, I would make them again!

    1. I’m happy you enjoyed these overall Erin! They may have come out more cakey than desired due to too much flour; did you spoon and level the flour when you measured it? Glad to hear you’d make these again though! I’ll be working on getting a video tutorial up for these 🙂

      1. Chelsea, instead of rolling two balls of dough per cookie, what would happen if you just rolled one larger ball of dough per cookie? I haven’t made them yet, but am getting ready to, right now. But, I’m omitting the chocolate chips, I just want a pumpkin cookie. I always omit chocolate chips and usually use raisins and nuts, in chocolate chip recipes, but these will just be pumpkin cookies w/ no added ingredients. Aren’t they awfully sweet, w/ 1 cup of sugar to 1-1/2 cups of flour, plus chocolate chips?

        1. Yes that’s fine; just make sure it’s taller rather than wider 🙂 I don’t find them overly sweet, but if you’re worried you could likely leave out some of the sugar! Enjoy!

  13. I could not wait the full hour for chilling these because I was just too excited to eat them!!! I have never been able to get a cookie to be cakey, and I didn’t have that problem with these either. Oh my gosh these cookies are good!!!

  14. My four year old and I are making them as we speak they are currently chilling. I cannot wait for the final product!! However I feel silly that I do not understand the “stacking” method… any help!?

  15. 5 stars
    I made these tonight for my sister’s Halloween party and they turned out perfectly! The detailed instructions helped a lot. Most of my cookies turned out perfectly round, but a couple were a little more oval-shaped because of the way the rectangular stack decided to melt. I was a little confused at first about what the stack was supposed to look like so a picture of that might help. But no complaints, they look and taste great! Thank you.

    1. So happy to hear you enjoyed the cookies and the instructions were helpful 🙂 I’ll work on getting a process picture up on these 🙂 Thanks Renee!

  16. 5 stars
    Someone I know made this recipe. The cookies were soo delicious I asked her for the recipe! Her cookies were cakey but still delicious. Please will you post a pic of the rectangle stack or draw it out even? It would be sooo helpful! I see that others have asked the for the same thing. Thank you!

  17. 5 stars
    I’ve made many cookies but I’ve never found a recipe as good as this one! I’ve already passed on the recipe a couple of times it’s that good! I really love how this is a non-cakey pumpkin cookie. Thank you!

  18. These are very delicious! I love how all the ingredients like the spices can be adjusted and your encouraged to adjust to your preference! I used the stove top for the butter because i don’t have a microwave any longer. These filled my house with a delicious fall aroma! Thanks for the recipe! Happy Fall Ya’ll!!

  19. 5 stars
    Omg these cookies are delicious!!! The perfect combination of pumpkin, spices & of course chocolate! I don’t mind my cookies cakey, so after chilling the dough for an hour I formed single sized balls on cookie sheets (12 /sheet) and baked them for 12 minutes each. I think they turned out perfectly!! So happy I came across this recipe, thanks! 🙂

  20. 5 stars
    Amazing cookies! I couldn’t stop eating them. 1/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup coconut oil mix was fine too! Can we freeze the cookies? How long can we leave in the freezer?

    1. So happy to hear you enjoyed!! I would recommend freezing the dough (rolled into balls first and stored in an airtight bag), not the actual cookies (I’ve found freezing the baked cookies loses texture/flavor). Freeze dough balls for up to 1 month! 🙂

  21. 5 stars
    I made these for my husband to take to work a couple years ago and I frequently was asked when I’d send him to work with more! I’m so excited fall is back around and it is time to whip these up again. Honestly the best cookies I’ve ever had!

  22. 5 stars
    So good! I halved the recipe because all the cookies in my house get eaten whether there are a lot or only a few, lol. But I kept the pumpkin to 1/3, and added 1/4 cup flour (to the halved amount) to make up for the extra wet ingredient. I’m a no-fuss baker so I didn’t
    shape or chill the dough or anything, just plopped it down. Baked for 11 mins and they’re so yummy! I’m sure the consistency is more “cakey”? than what a cookie should be, but everyone loved them anyway! If I need more than 12 cookies I’ll follow the recipe as written. ?

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