Home > Desserts > Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies February 9, 2020 | 64 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. 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! 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. How to make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Melt the butter. Melted butter gives these cookies that soft and chewy texture 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 Stir the sugars into the butter until smooth. Add the pumpkin, vanilla extract, and the yolk of an egg. Save the white for a different recipe like this egg wrap. Mix until smooth. Add in all the spices, salt, and baking soda. Spices can be added to personal 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. Stir until everything is well incorporated; we don’t want a pocket of spice ending up in one cookie! 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 Mix until you’ve got a thick (and sticky), cohesive dough. Cover tightly and chill the dough for one hour. 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. Cookie troubleshooting Why are my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies hard? Most likely because the cookies were baked too long or at too high a temperature. Make sure your oven is correctly calibrated and watch the cookies closely near the end of bake time. Your cookies could also be hard if you over-measured the flour or if other ingredients weren’t fresh. Make sure your baking soda is fresh and your brown sugar isn’t too hard. Why are my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies flat? Most likely because the cookie dough did not chill long enough. Since there is melted butter in the batter, it needs a chance to firm up again. Also, if the butter was too hot when you added in other ingredients, they’ll likely end up a bit flat and greasy. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies will also be flat if the flour was under-measured. One other factor that comes into play is if you live in a high-altitude area. How do you keep cookies soft after baking? After baking the cookies, let them cool completely on a wire rack (this will keep the bottoms from getting soggy from the steam). Once cooled, place cookies in an airtight container and store at room temperature. For tips on how to “revive” cookies, check out these tips from Cooks Illustrated. Note that these cookies are best eaten within 3 days; after that they begin to lose texture and flavor. 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! QUICK TIP Make sure to use the right type of canned pumpkin! Pumpkin Pie Mix contains cooked, pureed pumpkin PLUS milk, sweetener, and spices. It’s ready to pour in a pie shell and bake. This is NOT what we want. Look for 100% pure cooked and pureed pumpkin. The ingredient list should show only pumpkin puree. Freezing these cookies 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 to 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! More fall desserts Pumpkin Creme Brûlée Acorn Donut Holes Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread Thanksgiving Cookies Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies 4.92 from 25 votes - Review this recipe The best-ever Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies! These cookies are soft and chewy with crisp edges instead of typical cake-like pumpkin cookies. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies 4.92 from 25 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe 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 159kcal Author Chelsea Lords Cost $5.17 Ingredients▢ 1/2 cup unsalted butter▢ 1/4 cup 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 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 white all-purpose flour▢ 2/3 cup chocolate chipsUS - Metric USMetric InstructionsMELT 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 with a paper towel 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. Video Recipe NotesNote 1: Measuring flour: If you press a measuring cup into a bag of flour, you will pack in way too much flour; use a spoon to scoop it into a measuring cup and then level the top with the back of a table 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 FactsServing: 24cookies | Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 704IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. 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