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Marbled Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies

by on October 25, 2008 · 18 comments

I came up with the idea for this cookie last night. It was inspired by Martha Stewart Living, where they did something similar with brownies.

Wanting to do something a little different, I tried making a cookie version by combining a chocolate and pumpkin dough. This was the end result.

Marbled Pumpkin Cookies

The cookies tasted pretty good, but I need a second opinion because I’m not sure they’re worth the work. Why not just make a batch of pumpkin cookies and a batch of chocolate cookies and eat them side by side? Then again, Martha could have made a batch of pumpkin bars and brownies and eaten them side by side, but it’s always fun to try something new.



Marbled Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies
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Marbled Chocolate & Pumpkin Cookies are cookies made with a pumpkin dough and a chocolate dough.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 20
Pumpkin Dough
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt plus an extra pinch (3/8 tsp. total)
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
Chocolate Dough
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 scant teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour (lightly spoon into the cup, sweep top to level)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Prepare pumpkin dough first. Cream butter and brown sugar. Stir in pumpkin, egg and vanilla. Beat in pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt, making sure they are thoroughly mixed, then add flour and stir until it is absorbed. Place in refrigerator to chill while you make the chocolate dough.
  2. To make the chocolate dough, cream butter and both sugars in a large mixing bowl. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until blended. Beat in the cocoa powder, then beat in the baking soda and salt. Add flour and stir until it is almost mixed in, then add chips and stir until chips are mixed and all flour is absorbed.
  3. Chocolate dough should be fairly dry, but if it isn’t, chill it for about 30 minutes.
  4. Form cookies. Scoop up chocolate dough and shape into golf ball size mounds. Working one mound at a time, break a chocolate dough mound in half and squish a large gumball size ball of pumpkin dough between (see photo at bottom). Place on parchment lined cookie sheets spacing 3 inches apart.
  5. Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes or until they appear set. Let cool on sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

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Published on October 25, 2008

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Joanna October 25, 2008 at 1:20 pm

i can’t get over how good that cookie dough looks. i love chocolate chip cookie dough (who doesn’t?), but this gives it a run for it’s money.

i hope fuzz’s school party went wall. she probably brought home so much candy. just what you need! haha

Anna October 25, 2008 at 1:39 pm

I need to post some pictures from the party. It was lots of fun!

clumbsycookie October 25, 2008 at 1:58 pm

I love marbeling stuff. You’re right, you could do 2 cookies and eat them together but this is much more fun and impressive. I really like the look of those cookies!

Caitlin October 25, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Or, if you didn’t feel like marbling, maybe you could bake a batch of chocolate cookies, a batch of pumpkin cookies, and then sandwich a choc and pumpkin cookie together with some kind of filling in between. :)

VeggieGirl October 25, 2008 at 2:20 pm

I like the experiment!!! Let us know about the 2nd opinion on them :-)

Kath October 25, 2008 at 2:32 pm

clever idea! they look yummy! hmmm and I THINK there’s some extra pumpkin in my fridge :)

p.s.–I am addicted to your website! I can sit here for hours and just look through everything!
p.s.s–Fuzz is just adorable haha

Katrina October 25, 2008 at 3:28 pm

I have an open can of pumpkin. Will have to see if I can get to trying these. Definitely like the different marble idea rather than just making two cookies and eating them. I’m sure there’s some calories saved there, too, right, there’s gotta be….(she reasons)…. ;)

HeartofGlass October 25, 2008 at 5:35 pm

Gosh, that looks so good–like chocolate cream cheese swirl muffins or brownies, only with pumpkin.

And not the same as having two different cookies together at all–that’s like saying eating a chocolate bar and a sugar cookie is the same as a chocolate chip cookie–the combination of two unlike things always creates a third, often more wonderful unique substance.

bakingblonde October 25, 2008 at 5:56 pm

Those are very interesting looking cookies. I am not a big chocolate and pumpkin fan. LOVE them seperate but not together so much. The cookies look great though! I haven’t baked with pumpkin yet this season, I really should whip something up soon!

Kiersten October 25, 2008 at 8:06 pm

These sound good. I love the combination of pumpkin and chocolate together- I never thought of using it in a cookie though.

FFichiban October 25, 2008 at 11:35 pm

Ooohh pumpkin and chocolate sounds like an interesting combination. You make it look very very tasty so I want to try ^^!

N. October 26, 2008 at 7:00 am

At you can see her version of the brownies and impression. We wasn’t a huge fan and I usually agree with her reviews. I don’t think I’d combine the two but I am looking for a regular pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Anna October 26, 2008 at 8:05 am

The pumpkin cookie this one was spawned from is great. Here’s the recipe.

Pumpkin Harvest Cookies (an old Mrs. Fields recipe)

2 1/4 c Flour
1 t pumpkin pie spice (or combo of mostly cinnamon, tiny bit nutmeg, tiny bit cloves)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 sticks butter, softened, 1 cup
1 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup pumpkin, canned
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
8 oz white chocolate, chopped
1 c pecans or walnuts, toasted and chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Stir together flour, spices and baking soda; Set aside

Cream butter and sugar. Stir in eggs, pumpkin and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and stir until mixed. Stir in white chocolate and nuts. Drop by spoonfuls on cookie sheets and bake for 12-15 minutes.

Jen October 26, 2008 at 9:22 am

try these- they combine brownies and pumpkin but differently than the martha stewart recipe.. and they aren’t much work at all:

Lisa magicsprinkles October 27, 2008 at 2:48 pm

The contrast between the 2 colors and flavors looks simple yet interesting. In a cookie it seems like a great way to enjoy them equally. Nicel job!

Monica October 30, 2008 at 7:03 am

Hey Anna! I made these and I think they are really good! They are a bit more work than the usual cookies but they are fun and festive for this time of year. Oh and I couldn’t stop eating the chocolate dough- yum!

Anna October 30, 2008 at 7:17 am

Hi Monica,

Thanks for trying the experiment :). In the end, I think these are a little too much work considering the outcome, but it was fun playing around with the recipe. If you like the chocolate dough, you should try the recipe for Mrs. Baron’s Chocolate Cookies. I used that as the base.

Sara K September 27, 2009 at 1:58 pm

I made the cookies today and they are wonderful! I have to admit though that I was lazy and mixed all the ingredients for both doughs into one dough. It’s not as pretty as yours but tastes real good.

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