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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies with Oil

by on October 9, 2008 · 36 comments

This recipe, which is loosely based on one from alt.cookies.yum.yum.yum was pretty good! It’s also on the wholesome side given the pumpkin, good fat, and whole grain flour. The texture is super-cakey to the point where the cookies are almost little round cakes. The chocolate chips make them extra good, so don’t leave them out.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup canned pumpkin
1 large egg
1 scant cup granulated sugar
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
2 cups all purpose flour or white whole wheat flour (9 oz)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Beat pumpkin, egg, sugar, oil, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and baking powder together in a mixing bowl. Make sure all the leavenings are dissolved (no lumps). Add the flour and stir just until it is mixed in, then stir in the chocolate chips.

Using a very generously rounded tablespoon measure, drop onto parchment lined cookie sheets spacing about 2 inches apart (cookies shouldn’t spread much). Bake at 375º for 13 to 15 minutes.

Remove from tray and let cool.

Makes about 18 cookies

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Published on October 9, 2008

{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Veronica October 9, 2008 at 1:19 pm

Hi Anna-I was looking for pumpkin cookies to make for a party for my daughter this weekend-these look great! I just love pumpkin flavored stuff this time of year.

Katrina October 9, 2008 at 1:06 pm

I made some of these and posted them a few weeks ago, but mine are made with butter. It’s nice to know oil is a good substitute. They are very cakey, but there’s just something about them that is SO good this time of year. It’s gotta be the chocolate!
I need to get more pumpkin!

Amy D. October 9, 2008 at 1:16 pm

I love chocolate and pumpkin. I was just at HEB–should have grabbed a can of pumpkin. Hope you like your dishwasher.

Tory October 9, 2008 at 1:46 pm

Is there a substitute for double acting baking powder? I think mine is just regular? Thanks!

Kelsey October 9, 2008 at 2:37 pm

Okay- this is too crazy! I JUST made a batch of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies this morning! I used butter, added some ginger, and didn’t use baking soda. I love these cookies because they are so fallish!

clumbsycookie October 9, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Hello Autumn! Chocolate chips make everything better! I like the orangey color!

Joanna October 9, 2008 at 3:03 pm

yummy. i love pumpkin anything. i just made pumpkin scones and the smell of them was just intoxicating. haha

VeggieGirl October 9, 2008 at 3:19 pm

Hooray for the new dishwasher; and fabulous cookies :-)

sharon October 9, 2008 at 3:21 pm

OK, pumpkin is going on my grocery list. These are just too good to pass up!

Amy October 9, 2008 at 6:57 pm

mmm, those sound great!

what’s double acting baking powder? how should I adjust if I only have regular powder?

Dorothy October 9, 2008 at 10:14 pm

i love pumpkin chocolate chip cookies! all the ones i’ve ever had before are super cakey. is there such thing as a chewy pumpkin cookie?!

Anna October 10, 2008 at 6:50 am

Dorothy, these are really good and definitely chewier than the ones above.

I’m thinking you might get a dense, chewier cookie if you used melted butter instead of room temp butter. That would be worth a try.

The recipe above, however, is SUPER cakey.

runjess October 10, 2008 at 9:27 am

Those look really good and I’ve been wanting to make something with pumpkin.

Cecily T October 10, 2008 at 5:09 pm

I am usually a lurker-baker, and have made quite a few things from your blog. But I have to say, I tried pumpkin-chocolate muffins last year, and everyone at my house agreed that they would be better with cinnamon chips. The chocolate-pumpkin combo is just not popular here. Just another option. I think I’ll make these with the cinn. chips to try them out.

Thanks for the recipes!

Jenn October 12, 2008 at 7:15 am

These baked up gorgeous and tasty. Thanks for the recipe!

Anna October 12, 2008 at 7:31 am

Jenn, I’m glad you liked them! I wasn’t sure how they’d go over since they are a bit healthier than the buttery and richer kind. I thought they were good.

Amy October 12, 2008 at 4:19 pm

My family gobbled these up! Unsurprisingly, another hit from Anna–you haven’t steered me wrong yet :)

Mark October 14, 2008 at 5:08 am

Awesome cookie. Good bite to them, kind of cakey but not too thick and a good way to use some pumpkin. I think you could also split the choc. chips with half peanut butter chips and make them super good too. Thanks for posting.

Stefanie October 17, 2008 at 5:19 pm

I found this site a few days ago and I love love love it!!

I made these cookies and they are so delicious! Chocolate and pumpkin is definitely the best combo around! Thanks for all the great cookie ideas

Lindsey October 21, 2008 at 7:07 pm

Anna, I made a double batch of these to take to my Brownie unit’s Enrollment Night yesterday, as a treat for the girls and the parents who came to watch.

They went like hot cakes! The other leaders and I didn’t even get to have any and I’ve now been “hired” by my non-baking co-leader to make her a batch.

Thankfully, I tested one before I went to the meeting, and I can say that they are delicious. Just how I like my cookies: soft, moist, and cakey :)

Anna October 21, 2008 at 7:49 pm

Amy, Mark, Stefanie and Lindsey — thanks for the feedback! I was a little hesitant about this recipe because the cookies were cakey, but I guess we all agree that cakey can be good sometimes.

Hallie October 28, 2008 at 5:37 pm

I agree. Cakey can be good sometimes, my boyfriend loved these and I hope my office likes them too. I’m bringing them in for Halloween. They aren’t like normal cookies and I really liked that about this recipe because pumpkin is not always a common flavor in cookies, and is more common in cakes and muffins etc. these cookies pulled from that with their consistency. Everyone who I’ve given them to so far loved them.

Thanks for the recipe. :)

jenna @ foodwithkidappeal November 14, 2008 at 10:03 am

these are great! i made them for playgroup and they went over well with my family and the boy’s friends. i substituted 1/4 cup flour for flax seed for extra omega 3s. you can check kid appeal blog for more details on the nutrients in this cookie. thx for sharing the recipe! jenna

Emily December 22, 2008 at 8:03 am

My Aunt asked me to make her some “heatlhful” cookies for the holidays (an oxymoron in my book). I tried these cookies and they are simply divine! I doubt that my Aunt will believe that they are healthful! Whether or not these cookies go on to cure cancer is irrelevant; I know they’ll bring holiday cheer. What could be more healthful than that?
Really really excellent. Thank you for this recipe!

Harcourt Breton May 2, 2009 at 6:20 am

i totally agree… i think these cookies are delicious and healthy… anything with vanilla bean is always good… if you find it hard to find vanilla bean check out my vanilla shop (click my name for link)… you could find premium natural vanilla beans and vanilla powder directly from Madagascar at a bargain value… have fun ^^

Kim Bouchard May 14, 2009 at 7:26 am

I make these all the time, but I add oatmeal. Simply one of the best cookies I make!

Misha September 6, 2011 at 9:51 am

Hi! I LOVE these cookies and make them all the time. A friend of mine has requested that I make them for her Autumn-themed wedding and I was wondering if these freeze well and how I should go about it.

Thank you!

Anna September 6, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Hi Misha,

Your best bet would be to make the dough, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, put it in a freezer bag, and then bake the cookies right before the wedding. If you want to bake the cookies, you can do that too. Bake the cookies and wrap them in little groups of 3 or 4 wrapped tightly with something like Press and Seal. But my advice is to just freeze the dough and bake the night before. They’ll taste much fresher that way.

Devin November 20, 2011 at 10:04 am

LOVE IT! This is just the recipe I was looking for! Thanks a bunch. YUM!

Lori Beckman October 15, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Try the cinnamon chips in stead of the chocolate ones or mix the 2 .

Justin April 19, 2013 at 6:10 pm

I keep making these cookies by tha batch! They are my all time favourite! It’s nice to have a recipie that doesn’t use butter :)

Emily September 14, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Love your blog! I’ve been making things from Cookie Madness for years, but I think this is my first comment. The bakery in my grocery store sells a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie and I am looking for a clone recipe. These look exactly the same, and have the same texture, but mine tasted too pumpkiny (I love pumpkin, so I didn’t think that was even possible). My husband and I agreed they tasted like vegetables. I have to admit, I did omit the cinnamon because the ones from my grocery don’t taste cinnamony at all. But now I’m thinking maybe the cinnamon is to mellow the pumpkin flavor? What do you think?

Anna September 14, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Hmmm, I know what you mean about things being too pumpkin-y or vegetable-like, but I never noticed that with these cookies. I’m sure the cinnamon helps mellow the pumpkin, but I don’t think that if I left it out I’d not like the cookies. Could it be the brand of pumpkin you are using? I use Libby’s brand. Or maybe you just might need a different recipe.

This one has more flour and more sugar (to mellow out the pumpkin)

And this one has more flour AND sour cream. Is your grocery store Kroger?

You probably just need a recipe that has a little less pumpkin flavor.

Kim F October 20, 2013 at 8:45 am

Made these this weekend. I loved how mild the pumpkin flavor was and I also loved that the cookies were not too sweet.

Patricia Mapley December 7, 2013 at 8:00 am

I am just now making these wonderful cookies for the second time. The first time I made them with semi sweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips and raisins. WOW, they were great. Today I am using only the milk chocolate chips and a bit more cinnamon and some cloves. Both times I used home grown pumpkin puree.

Anna December 7, 2013 at 8:02 am

I am so glad you like them! Thanks for the tip on using homemade pumpkin puree.

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