The BEST pumpkin chocolate chip cookies


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In honor of national cookie day I decided to post a quick recipe for you guys. I wasn’t planning on posting this one, since Thanksgiving is over… but I have gotten several requests for it. I made them on Thanksgiving and my family said they were THE BEST pumpkin chocolate chip cookies out there. I’ll let you be the judge. ;) They are definitely my new favorite.

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The BEST pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin chocolate chip cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 190 kcal
Author: Jamielyn

THE BEST pumpkin chocolate chip cookies out there that are absolutely amazing! 



  • 1 cup pumpkin (canned)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 cups chocolate chips


  1. Combine pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil, vanilla and egg in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt. Dissolve the baking soda with the milk and stir into the wet ingredients. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Stir for until combined.

  2. Add chocolate chips and stir until combined.

  3. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop cookies on by the spoonful about 2 inches apart. Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick comes clean.

Nutrition Facts
The BEST pumpkin chocolate chip cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 190 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 114mg 5%
Potassium 72mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Sugars 17g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 9.1%
Vitamin C 0.6%
Calcium 4.1%
Iron 4.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



Looking for more cookie recipes? Here are a few of my favorite:

White chocolate raisinet cookies

White chocolate butterscotch cookies

Rolo cookies

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Jamielyn Nye

of I Heart Naptime

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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146 comments on “The BEST pumpkin chocolate chip cookies”

  1. It lists white sugar twice. Is one supposed to be brown sugar?

  2. I can’t wait to make these cookies!
    I have a can of pumpkin and all the other
    ingredients! Thanks for the great recipe!
    Pinned! Cheers!

  3. Yum! I love pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!

  4. Love pumpkin and chocolate together! I am so baking those over the weekend. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. crystal weatherwax Reply

    just wondering if the vegetable oil to be substituted with baby applesauce or if these are already soft cookies

  6. I made these today. They are definitely THE BEST! Our whole family devoured them! This recipe will be kept close at hand in our house.

  7. Just needed to let you know that these are absolutely perfect! I doubled the recipe so I could just use a whole 15 oz. can of pumpkin and have plenty of cookies to give away. They were a super hit to kick off the almost-autumn season!

  8. This is ALMOST a recipe I’ve held onto since I was in kindergarden (I’m 35 now) and we made them in class. One difference is that my recipe has old fashioned rolled oats added. They really are delicious but it is definitely an either love or hate thing (from my experience) as not everyone likes pumpkin. My daughter always begs me to make them and at least with the pumpkin she is getting more nutrition than a regular cookie, granola bar, or cereal!

    • How fun that you have made them since kindergarden! Old fashioned oats would be really yummy, I’ll have to give that a try next time! Thanks for commenting Alana! :)

  9. Thanks for sharing this recipe – my family loves them!!

  10. I just made these cookies today! They are so delicious! I doubled the recipe and they turned out great! They weren’t what I thought they would be because I thought it would be more like the ones my grandmother makes, but I find them both delicious!

    • Glad you enjoyed the recipe Stephanie…pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are my favorite! :)

      • I do think everyone needs to know that these cookies do need to sit for about a day for the pumpkin to soak in and settle. They became orange and amazing the day after baking.

      • Good to know! I will have to try letting them sit next time…they are usually gone before the next day when I bring them somewhere! ;)

      • Yeah when I had originally baked them were basically regular cookie color. Then I let them sit in a closed container over night and they were nice and orange the next morning. MUCH better tasting then right out of the oven. (I thought anyways)

  11. OMG these are delicious. Now if I can just manage to not eat all of them myself before my boys come home from school…

  12. Can mashed pumpkin be substituted for the tinned pumpkin? This recipe looks fantastic…!

    • I haven’t tried it, but I think it would work great! Fresh pumpkin does have more water than canned pumpkin though, so be prepared for moister cookies! You’ll have to let me know how it works out if you try it! :)

  13. How many cookies will this make on average? Sounds amazing!

  14. OMGosh!!!! These were SO yummy!!!! The only substitution I made was coconut oil for the veg oil, since I do not use any veg oil in my baking. I was thinking apple sauce would have worked. But I was out. But these were perfect!! I made them for my daughters prek & everyone loved them!! The only bad thing about them is I could not stop eating them!!! So I had to give the rest away!!! They are that good!!! Thanks for the recipe!!!!!:)

  15. These cookies are amazingly delicious! Even my husband who is not a fan of pumpkin couldn’t stop eating them. I followed the recipe exactly but added 1/2 cup of walnuts. Simply delicious and easy to make.

    • I’m so glad even your husband loved them! They are my favorite recipe I’ve tried so far. I’ll have to try walnuts some time…thanks for the suggestion!

  16. Holy goodness! These are amazing! Just tried them for the first time – super yum. My aunt told me she tried them and accidentally put in one whole can of pumpkin instead of just one cup. She was extremely happy with it though, as they turned out fantastic – but a bit more cake-like. I tried it her way – used an entire can of pumpkin. She’s right, they are more cake-like and almost taste like, well, pumpkin pie! :) Not too moist though – so it wasn’t like uncooked dough. Just pure deliciousness! Everyone who tried ’em loves them. Thank you, thank you, thank you and happy Fall! :)

  17. We made these tonight and they were incredible!!! Seriously the best pumpkin chocolate chip recipe out there! Thanks for the recipe Jamie! :)

  18. These cookies are so delicious! I just baked a double batch so I could use the entire can of pumpkin. I was able to make a little more than 6 dozen cookies. I didn’t expect them to be so cake-like! Thank you for the recipe! :)

  19. Stephanie Cabrera Bellido Reply

    Hi :) I’m kinda dissapointed because my cookies ended up more like biscuits. Is the cookie supposed to be crunchy or cakelike and dense? I would really appreciate the help :D

    • These cookies are supposed to turn out really soft and moist. I’m sorry they didn’t turn out as well for you! Maybe next time try adding a little less flour, since everyone measures flour differently!

    • When I overcooked a batch – they were more biscuit-like. Try reducing your time. It worked for me :)

  20. Yummy! I’ve made them twice now and everybody loves them. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Just made these – so delicious! Thank you for a great recipe

  22. I just made a double batch of these yummy cookies! Thank you for sharing! I made a few tweaks from the original because I can’t ever seem to leave things well-enough-alone… I substituted Pumpkin Pie Spice for the cinnamon – because, I don’t know – it seemed like a good idea – and it is yum! However, I felt like they were not quite sweet enough (this is coming from a girl that ate Oreo’s for lunch today) – so I topped the cooled cookies with a powdered sugar/milk/almond extract glaze. That just pushed these over the top for me. I prefer the added sweetness of the glaze. Anyway- I will try them with cinnamon next time, and maybe some of those flavored chocolate chips that are available this time of year… The possibilities are endless! Thanks again for sharing :) **Don’t overbake! I forgot to set the timer – and they are really dry if you cook them too long. 10 minutes was perfect in my oven.

  23. I have a quick question, my one year old can’t have regular chocolate chips so would subbing cocoa nibs work? I’ve never used them I only know they’re unsweetened!

  24. Hey! Has anyone refrigerated the dough and made them the next day? Sometimes it takes too much time to make 3 consecutive dozen in one night…

  25. Hi, is it okay if I top this with cream cheese? Will that change the cookie or anything? And can I use fresh pumpkin instead of canned pumpkin because we don’t have those over here? I think I remember reading you said that it would have more moisture, is there a way that I can decrease the moisture? Or do I have to decrease the amount of liquid used in the recipe? Thank you very much.

    • A cream cheese frosting would taste yummy on top! Yes, if you use fresh pumpkin I would try to drain some of the liquid out by using a paper towel since real pumpkin is a lot more wet than canned pumpkin. Hope that helps! :)

  26. Great cookies, thanks! Wife and I just made them. We accidentally bought jumbo choc chips… Not a problem ;)

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    • Thanks for your comment Tony, I will definitely look into it! I’m glad you and your wife enjoyed the cookies! Yum, these would be amazing with jumbo chocolate chips!

  27. Hello. I was wondering if it’s okay to replace chocolate chips with butterscotch chips? That’s all I got right now. Would the taste be completely different? Is it going to be any sweeter or anything? I would love to know what you think of it, thank you.

  28. I have to be honest, I didn’t love these. Really good flavour, but they were more spongey/cakey than I expected. I prefer a chewier cookie. Maybe I’d prefer them without the baking powder?

  29. hi. jamielyn. thank you for sharing the recipe. i tried it. it is easy to make and keeps well. best wishes for the new year.

  30. Hello,

    These cookies are so highly addictive. I used coconut oil instead of veg oil and less chocolate chips. I also used a combination of quinoa flour and chocolate protein power. This recipe is SO versatile, which is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you for sharing! This recipe is a keeper :)

  31. I just made these for a party this past weekend – OH MY GOSH! so many incredible compliments and i ate three before even leaving the house! These are getting made again, and again, and again this season!! 

  32. How many cookies does this recipe make?

  33. These look lovely! I have a can of pumpkin puree in the cupboard which I bought last year when Aldi (UK)  had an ‘American week’. I never knew what to do with it. Now I have a plan! X

  34. I can honestly say, these were by far the BEST pumpkin chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had! Everyone loved them! Thank you so much for this recipe :) I will definitely make these several times this holiday season! 

    Best wishes, 

  35. OMG i accidentally used a whole can of pumpkin instead of just one cup…just realized..waiting for them to come out of the oven now..

  36. Ever tried to use coconut oil instead of veggie?

  37. I just took these out of the oven and I think I already ate a dozen of them! They are so good! I love the thickness of them. Soft but not gooey! I also topped them off with a little cinnamon before I threw them in the oven! Awesome! And my whole house smells like cinnamon and pumpkin! 

  38. These turned out super cakey….not my kind of cookie. The flavors were great, but the texture was terrible!

    • Hi Melissa! That’s so odd, these cookies usually turn out really soft and moist. I over baked a batch once and they were a little cakey, so maybe try reducing the time and a little less flour. :)

  39. i just made these. They were amazing! I made a few substitutions to make them more healthy but they are absolutely delicious! Thank you!

  40. I’ve been making these since last fall and they have to be the most requested dessert ever – family, friends and coworkers have all requested these! I actually substitute applesauce for the oil and they’re still amazing (and just a little bit healthier). Thanks for the recipe!

    • Thanks for your comment Amanda, it made my day! I am so glad everyone has loved this recipe…it is definitely a family favorite. Thanks for sharing your substitute, I will have to make them with applesauce next time!

  41. These were incredible.  Like others I doubled the recipe to use a whole can of pumpkin.  I subbed applesauce for half the oil and used half the sugar and they were still outrageously good.  Might try even less sugar next time.  Thank you.

  42. My family, friends and co-workers all love this recipe.  I have made it several times already and they don’t last until the next day.

    Super easy to make and taste fantastic.

  43. Best cookies ever! I just add ground ginger, nutmeg and cloves.. :) thank you for the recipe :)

  44. I made these cookies a couple weeks ago, & they were great! Do you think they will taste & texture will be the same if I refrigerate the dough overnight (I won’t have time to make & bake the cookies on the same night, since I will be making so many!)?

  45. what does “1 TB vanilla” refer to?   Is it 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract?
    thank you

  46. I can’t wait to make these! Anything pumpkin and chocolate…I’m in! 

  47. These truly are the best!! I can’t count how many times I’ve made these now.  My husband requests them whenever I say the word “cookies.” Thanks for the delicious recipe! 

  48. Thanks for the recipe! I made these today and they were really good! I even subbed the oil with unsweetened applesauce and only used 2/3 cup of sugar.

  49. i have made these three times, and getting ready to make them a fourth. I get raves about them. Thanks for sharing this.

    I didn’t have choc chips last time, so I substituted white choc and I picked up some Andes Mint pieces on sale so I used a partial bag of those. The mint is great.

  50. These were delicious! I added a cup of chopped pecans, and I tried to follow other commenter’s advice about letting them sit for a day, but I’m afraid I failed! Only two or three saw the light of day, they were just too good!

  51. This is the recipe that I have used for over 30 years-and it is the only one that I will use!  I  have success with doubling, tripling, and even quadrupling!  

  52. Has anyone ever froze these.? Would love to make them for a wedding.

  53. These cookies were delicious and easy to make!  I sprinkled a little brown sugar on top of mine as they baked for extra crunch!

  54. I made these with a flax egg and substituted applesauce for the oil. They were fantastic! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  55. Made these and wow!  
    I used coconut oil (softened) in stead of vegetable oil and I only had 3/4 cup of homemade butternut puree. 
    Got just over two dozens of quite big cookies out of it, not the worlds prettiest but so good.

  56. Loved this recipe!!! 
    I wanted to do something special for my husband for all the work that he does daily. All he sacrifices for his family :) 

    My husband doesn’t really care for chocolate chips, but he loves pumpkin and he loves snicker doodles. 
    So I made these cookies without chocolate chips. Once I placed them on the cookie sheet, I sprinkled cinnamon/sugar mix over them! They are delicious!!!!!! 

    Thanks for the recipe. 

  57. Just made a batch of these. Only yielded two dozen. Will have to double next time. Cookies are soft and very yummy! Added half a teaspoon of nutmeg and cloves to my batch. Will add more next time. Not sure I noticed a big difference. Thanks for the great recipe! 

  58. Made these for my students– they LOVED them! Delicious recipe! 

  59. Jamielyn! These cookies are fabulous. I love the flavor and subbing the vegetable oil for coconut really added to the flavor profile (it’s all I had on hand and I wasn’t brave enough to go to the store at this hour on Thanksgiving ;) 

    Question for you: 
    While they are super delicious, mine didn’t end up being as cake-like as pictured. I fact they were super flat. I even added subbed in 1/2 cup of cake flour so I could get them to be extra cake-like, but no dice.  Is the milk the only leavening activator? Would a teaspoon of vinegar work instead?

    I’ll experiment more and let you know :) Cheers!

  60. Lady you come up with the most amazing recipes, soon as I saw this Pumpkin chocolate I thought 
    I’ve got to make that.
    You mention white sugar, what’s the difference and advantages between using white v brown?
    Thank you for the inspirations you create.

    • In the US, “what sugar” is processed, granulated sugar. It’s our standard sugar for most things, especially baking. “Brown sugar” is white sugar with molasses added in, it adds great depth of flavor in cookies but can make some recipes too heavy and wet. To make your own brown sugar, add two tablespoons molasses to one cup of white sugar and mix well. Happy baking!

  61. What size can of pumpkin do you use Large (29oz) or the smaller one ?

  62. These are my husbands favorite! I always know when he had a rough two weeks at work because he will always ask for these. We make them all year long. And this is the closest to his moms recipe that I can find. 

  63. Hi, I’d to make these for my fourth period class as a demonstration (the class is public speaking).  I was wondering if I could dissolve the baking soda in water instead, because I think the milk would go bad if I left it in my locker for a few hours.  Do you think I could dissolve it in water?

    • Since it’s only a teaspoon, I would think it would be ok. Good luck on your demonstration – sounds fun! Hope you get an A!

  64. This recipe looks delicious! For this recipe, what kind of chocolate chips do you recommend, semi-sweet or dark chocolate? 

  65. Hi, made these cookies and loved them, however I doubled the recipe and for some reason they come out flat and just don’t taste the same. When I do it with 1 can and not double they come out awesome. Any suggestion to why they would go flat when I cook them??

    • Sometimes doubling a recipe doesn’t work out. I know this is especially true with yeasted items.

      Any chance you got even one ingredient not doubled? :(

  66. I just made these… I substituted salted butter for veg oil.. and added white chocolate morsels. Absolutely delicious! Santa’s new favorite cookie! 

  67. I was wondering about an egg substitute? Have you tried any that work in this receipe

  68. How much pumpkin says 1 can ( how big ? ) cups??

  69. can you use coconut sugar? and gluten free flour

  70. I’ve been making these cookies for years and The recipe is from 
    Tollhouse Cookies. Every time  I see this website I wonder if thats 
    Where you got it from.

  71. I am curious why the soda is disolved in the milk. This is the first time I’ve ever seen that done. Does that help create the more cake-like texture?

  72. In he ingredients you say baking soda and in the directions you say baking powder. I’m going with soda since that’s what the ingredients say. I hope I’m right!

  73. Never mind! I just realized my mistake!

    • Glad you figured it out. I always have to double check recipes when it calls for baking soda or powder so I don’t mix them up! :) Hope you enjoy these!

  74. This is the recipe I have been looking for! It was my great grandma s passed down and her and my grandmother would make these cookies by the dozens in October to be passed to neighbor s friends and family. Excellent and thank you this brought back so many memories and of course yummy cookies!

  75. These were amazing! I made them for a Friendsgiving potluck and people kept asking me for the recipe! Thank you for the perfect fall dessert recipe! :)

  76. I made these again, for the third time this month, with our little boy. He loves helping daddy make cookies almost as much as he loves eating them. I bake them for 10 minutes and then let them cool on the back sheet. The cookies are so moist that I usually leave them on the cooling rakes for a few hours to try and dry them out a little before putting them in a storage container. Next time I make them I think I’m going to try and spice them up with some additional cinnamon, and then adding nutmeg, and allspice. Would be nice to see if I can bring out more “pumpkin” flavor. Have you tried that? Thanks for the receive!

  77. Love these cookies! Made over 14 dozen for a cookie swap. I tested to see if I could freeze the dough for later use. I used a scoop to portion out the dough on a cookie sheet and froze over night. The next day I took out some cookies to bake. It worked! I let the oven preheat to 350 before putting the cookies in. When I made them fresh, the cookies were done in 12 minutes. When they were frozen, it took 15 minutes. Every oven is different, so I guess just add 3 minutes to the baking time if baking from frozen :)

  78. These look amazing. I just have one question… I just moved from California to Utah and have had to try to adjust my recipes for the elevation change. I don’t know where you live, but how will this recipe work or are there any adjustments I should make for higher elevations?

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