Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (with Video)

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A delicious fall cookie recipe the whole family will love, these Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies have the perfect balance of warming pumpkin spice, rich pumpkin flavor and milk chocolate chips. 

A delicious and super easy recipe for soft pumpkin chocolate chip cookies - the ultimate fall cookie recipe using fresh pumpkin, a dash of pumpkin spice and milk chocolate chips.

Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

My daughter and I have completely opposite tastes when it comes to desserts.

She loves fruit-based desserts with strawberries or raspberries, while I want all things chocolate and caramel. She’s all about that dark chocolate life, while I prefer white or milk chocolate. And this girl cannot get enough pumpkin spice – while I tend to opt for plain cinnamon treats, like our snickerdoodle cookies or a homemade cinnamon dolce latte.

But these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies we both agreed were complete winners – so much so, that right after we polished off our first successful batch, I happily gave into her request to bake another!

It took me a few attempts to get this recipe just right in terms of flavor and texture. I didn’t want crispy chocolate chip cookies, I wanted soft pumpkin chocolate chip cookies that still had that toothsome texture of a fresh bakery cookie without bordering on the cake-like texture of a whoopie pie. I wanted the flavor to be amazing and warming, without being overpoweringly spiced, and I wanted the pumpkin and chocolate to balance each other out perfectly. (Ever since making my Magical Pumpkin Cake, I am a diehard fan of the chocolate + pumpkin flavor combination.)

Using melted butter and more white sugar than brown sugar ensure this cookie has a chewy (not cakey) texture, while the fresh pumpkin puree and a good amount of leavening ingredients give it the perfect amount of softness while ensuring you don’t get flat, crispy cookies. Refrigerating the dough before baking it is also a key step in this recipe’s success.

I personally like making these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies with browned butter rather than just melted butter because it makes the butter flavor more pronounced, which serves to complement the pumpkin and chocolate flavors. To make browned butter, cook your butter in a saucepan over medium heat past the point of just melting it. Keep heating the butter until all those little white milk solids start to caramelize and turn golden brown, and then remove it from the heat and allow to cool before proceeding with the recipe.

You can also swap out the milk chocolate chips for white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips or even use different fall-inspired mix-ins like dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, etc.

You can freeze excess cookie dough by storing in an airtight freezer bag or your favorite freezer containers for up to three months. (This set of freezer containers is a crazy bargain.) For best results, scoop or roll the dough into balls before freezing. Let the dough thaw completely before baking.

Check out our quick video to see how easy these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are to make – and then don’t forget to scroll down to grab your free printable recipe card:

 

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Ingredients

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.

Tip: swap out the chocolate chips for your favorite cookie mix-ins: dried fruit, chopped nuts, etc.

Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful

  • Electric mixer <– this is a great hand mixer if you don’t want to make the investment into a stand mixer
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Cookie Scoop
  • Silicone baking mat <– no more stuck cookies or wasteful parchment paper
  • Cookie Tray
  • Cooling racks <– I have and love these tiered cooling racks, they save so much counter space and are also oven-safe

How to Make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

In a large bowl, beat together the melted butter, white sugar and brown sugar for 2 minutes.

Beat in the pumpkin puree until just combined.

In a small bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.

Beat the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in two additions, then mix in the chocolate chips.

Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350F

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

Use a cookie scoop to portion out the cookie dough. Slightly flatten with the back of the scoop.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cookies appear set.

 

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How to make the BEST pumpkin chocolate chip cookies - a super easy twist on a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe with real pumpkin and just the right amount of pumpkin pie spice. This is the ultimate fall dessert for cookie lovers!

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Yield: 36 cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

A delicious and super easy recipe for soft pumpkin chocolate chip cookies - the ultimate fall cookie recipe using fresh pumpkin, a dash of pumpkin spice and milk chocolate chips.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, beat together the melted butter, white sugar and brown sugar for 2 minutes.
  2. Beat in the pumpkin puree until just combined.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  4. Beat the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in two additions, then mix in the chocolate chips.
  5. Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F
  7. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  8. Use a cookie scoop to portion out the cookie dough. Slightly flatten with the back of the scoop.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cookies appear set.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 81Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 129mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g

Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.

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I hope your family loves these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies as much as my family did! (And I apologize in advance if you end up having to make batch after batch like I did because they end up being such a hit!)

For more delicious pumpkin desserts the whole family will love, check out our Magical Pumpkin Cake (with video) or our Pumpkin Donuts with Crunchy Vanilla Glaze.

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