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It was hard work but someone had to do it. We searched for the best pumpkin chocolate chip cookies recipe and today we are sharing it with all of you!! ohsweetbasil.comIt was hard work but someone had to do it. We searched for the best pumpkin chocolate chip cookies recipe and today we are sharing it with all of you!!It was hard work but someone had to do it. We searched for the best pumpkin chocolate chip cookies recipe and today we are sharing it with all of you!!It was hard work but someone had to do it. We searched for the best pumpkin chocolate chip cookies recipe and today we are sharing it with all of you!!

It was hard work but someone had to do it. We searched for the best pumpkin chocolate chip cookies recipe and today we are sharing it with all of you!!

It was hard work but someone had to do it. We searched for the best pumpkin chocolate chip cookies recipe and today we are sharing it with all of you!!

It was hard work but someone had to do it. We searched for the best pumpkin chocolate chip cookies recipe and today we are sharing it with all of you!!

stack of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Creating This Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

You know where this all started for us, don’t you? The grocery store. It’s not very often that I buy cookies at the grocery store because:

  1. We enjoy making cookies together
  2. We love cookie dough (don’t you dare pull the egg thing on me. I know, I know.)
  3. I happen to think we make really good cookies, so why buy them?

None of that matters when it comes to pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. We tried so many recipes and just didn’t love them so we kept buying the big, pillowy cookies on a tray from the store. Until last year. Last year everything changed. We discovered the most melt in your mouth pumpkin cookie recipe EVER.

You see, Pinterest was bonkers about pumpkin last year. I’d say it was one of the biggest pumpkin years ever, and with all of the pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipes we just had to start testing them all. And you know what, it was the one that was plastered all over Pinterest we liked the least. 

We discovered that often those really high cookies were either too dense and soggy or 90% of the time way too dry. So scratch that. We needed pillowy but height was no longer a concern.

Too little or too much pumpkin led to flavorless or eating squash tasting cookies. We found that 1 cup was the perfect amount. Recipes that were doubled or even tripled didn’t come out as well so we stuck to our 3 dozen batch.

It took some time and patience, but now that we’ve discovered the secret to making truly phenomenal pumpkin cookies with gooey chocolate chips, we’ll never go back to the store-bought kind. 

three pumpkin chocolate chip cookies stacked on top of each other

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients

The ingredients for these pumpkin cookies are nothing out of the ordinary, but the amount of certain ingredients is what makes these cookies so addicting. For these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, you’ll need unsalted butter, granulated sugar, pumpkin puree, egg, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, baking powder and baking soda, salt, spices, and chocolate chips. 

See? Nothing fancy here. We didn’t want to think too far outside the box for this cookie recipe since we wanted to stay true to the classic flavor and texture we love. 

 How to Make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you’ve made classic chocolate chip cookies before, you can certainly handle this pumpkin version! Here’s how to make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies: 

  1. Cream together the butter and sugar. 
  2. Gradually add in the remaining wet ingredients, followed by the dry. 
  3. Scoop the cookie dough onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. 
  4. Bake until the edges are set and the tops look firm. 

pumpkin chocolate chip cookies on gray plate

How to Store Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

These pillowy, cakey cookies can be stored for 2-3 days in a cool spot in an airtight container. Pumpkin cookies are very soft and cake like, so when storing you’ll want to place them in an even layer at the bottom of a large cake pan or tupperware. Place a sheet of parchment on top, add more cookies and then cover with plastic wrap. 

You can also wrap them up and freeze them for later. When you’re ready to enjoy a frozen cookie, either reheat it in the oven or microwave. 

How to Freeze Cookie Dough

You can safely freeze cookie dough for up to 3 months. Honestly, ours has never kept that long. Because once you know you have cookie dough you can pull out and bake quickly, there’s no stopping late night cookie cravings. Just make sure to freeze the cookie dough after you’ve rolled it into balls, because it’s impossible to scoop it into balls once frozen. 

How to Make Gluten and Dairy Free

We had a reader reach out to us with some tips on making this recipe gluten free and dairy free that we wanted to share with you. The butter was replaced with fake butter, Bob’s 1 to 1 Gluten Free Baking Flour was a substitute for the regular flour, replace the baking powder with baking soda and vinegar, and swap the chocolate chips for dairy free chocolate chips. The reader said you couldn’t taste the difference at all!

Tips for Making Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

To ensure the chocolate chips get evenly distributed throughout the cookie dough, we tossed them with the dry ingredients before mixing them into the wet dough. Coating the chocolate chips in the flour mixture prevents them from sinking to the bottom of the dough and makes for a prettier cookie! 

You can use any chocolate chips you’d like in these pumpkin cookies. Semi-sweet chocolate chips pair nicely with the sweet cookie dough and warm spices, but milk or even white chocolate chips would work here too. 

Lastly, make sure you’re using pure pumpkin puree and not canned pumpkin pie filling in these cookies! Pumpkin pie filling is pre-sweetened and would make these cookies far too sweet. 

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It was hard work but someone had to do it. We searched for the best pumpkin chocolate chip cookies recipe and today we are sharing it with all of you!!

The BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 3 dozen
It was hard work but someone had to do it. We searched for the best pumpkin chocolate chip cookies recipe and today we are sharing it with all of you!!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Butter unsalted and softened
  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Ground Cloves or up to 1/4 Teaspoon
  • 1 bag chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Place a silpat or parchment paper on each cookie sheet.
  • It's very important that you start with softened, not melted butter. Add the butter and sugar to a standing mixer and beat for 2 minutes.
  • Add the egg and beat for 30 seconds.
  • Add the pumpkin and vanilla and mix on low, gradually increasing the speed until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves.
  • After thoroughly mixing the dry ingredients, add in the chocolate chips and stir.
  • The flour will help the chocolate chips be evenly distributed throughout the cookie.
  • Add the dry ingredients and chocolate chips to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • Using a cookie or ice cream scoop, scoop the dough on to cookie sheets and bake for 11-12 minutes or until dry looking on top.
  • Remove from the oven and serve.
  • See notes for storage.

Notes

Pumpkin cookies are very soft and cake like, so when storing you'll want to place them in an even layer at the bottom of a large cake pan or tupperware. Place a sheet of parchment on top, add more cookies and then cover with saran wrap. Doing too many layers will weigh down that bottom layer too much.
Nutrition Facts
The BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 73
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 11.9mg4%
Carbohydrates 11.3g4%
Fiber 0.3g1%
Sugar 5.7g6%
Protein 1g2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cheney Family

Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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14 comments

  • I don’t usually comment on recipes I find but I made these and took them into work as thanks cause everyone is always working so hard and EVERYONE loved them. They were gone in seconds and for the rest of the day I kept getting comments about how good they were. 

    I think cause I’m a guy and in my 20s people just assume I don’t know how to bake but boy were they wrong lmao.

    Just thought I should say thanks for sharing this recipe it was a hit with my co workers and was easy to make 👌🏻

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    • So happy to hear that!! And yes, men can cook even in their 20s. In fact, often they do even better than the girls!

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  • I have to tell you, I made your pumpkin chocolate chip cookies twice in one week!! My family, neighbors and co-workers raved they were the best cookies ever.  
    Always look forward to your wonderful blog. 

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  • If these beat the ones from Harmons… I’m in!!!

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  • hey girl- these cookies look oh so yummy!

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  • Will be making soon but wonder about pumpkin. You said pumpkin filling and I assume not pumpkin pie filling?  Thanks

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    • Right, pumpkin puree. Let me correct that.

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  • I’m a little confused– is it the pumpkin purée or pumpkin pie filling this recipe calls for?

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    • Sorry about that, filling rolled right out of my finger tips but it is puree.

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  • These look delicious and I want to make them but how many chocolate chips do I add? Thanks.

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    • I added 1 1/2 cups and it was perfect. 

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    • I found it helpful to chill the dough for about an hour. Easier to work with. 

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  • Hi Carrian and Cade,

    We are in the midst of harvest on our family owned potato farm and these cookies just might keep our crew around to the end! It’s certainly worth a try right? I don’t see the chocolate chips listed. I will check back later!

    Thanks so much as always.

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    • Yay! Love spud harvest!

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