Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies are soft and fluffy. Filled with pumpkin flavor, and chocolate chips, these cookies are a fall favorite!
The fall season is incomplete without making these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies! If you like these pumpkin cookies, you’ll definitely want to try White Chocolate Pumpkin Snickerdoodles and Gooey Butter Pumpkin Cookies.
Pumpkin + Chocolate = fall goodness
Who else is excited about pumpkin season? (Hello Pumpkin Bread and Pumpkin Dump Cake – need I say more??) One of my very favorite things about fall is all of the yummy pumpkin flavors.
These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies are SO simple. Filled with pumpkin flavor, seasonal spices, and chocolate chips, these cookies have a perfectly balanced flavor that keeps everyone coming back for more.
If you’ve never made Pumpkin Cookies before, you should be aware that the dough is not like regular Chocolate Chip Cookie dough. It is much more sticky, almost like a batter. That’s what makes the cookies so soft and fluffy!
Without fail, these Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies always turn out thick and chewy with more of a cakey texture than a cookie.
How to Make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
CHOCOLATE CHIPS. I usually use milk chocolate chips in my pumpkin cookies, rather than semi-sweet chocolate chips. I think the flavor of milk chocolate pairs so well with pumpkin, but some people prefer dark chocolate with pumpkin! It might be worth trying all three variations to see which flavor you like best.
Having said that, once you have picked your chips, just follow these simple steps to make these fluffy pumpkin cookies.
PREP. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
WET INGREDIENTS. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the oils and sugars, then add the egg, pumpkin, and vanilla. Whisk until smooth.
DRY INGREDIENTS. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl until they’re well blended.
MIX. Add dry mixture to the wet ingredients, and stir gently until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
BAKE. Use a cookie scoop, or two spoons, to drop dough onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake in the oven at 350°F for 10-12 minutes, or until they are set in the middle. After a couple of minutes, remove to wire racks to cool.
Now just try not to eat a dozen in one sitting. 😉
Top with frosting
Since these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies take on a cake-like texture, try topping them with our Brown Sugar Frosting.
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- ½ cup butter softened
- ⅔ cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- dash of salt
- 3 cups powdered sugar (more or less, if needed)
COMBINE. Beat together cream cheese, butter, and brown sugar until smooth. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, letting the brown sugar dissolve completely. Add vanilla, salt, and enough powdered sugar to make a frosting thick enough to pipe.
Pumpkin Cookie Tips + Variations
Spacing. The dough may spread more than traditional cookies, so make sure to leave plenty of space between them!
Make ’em pretty. Set aside a few chocolate chips to put on top of the cookie dough balls after scooping them. It gives them that extra pretty bakery look. Yum! 😉
Pumpkin puree. Be sure to use pumpkin puree and not canned pumpkin pie filling. Also, blot extra liquid using a paper towel.
Variations: Easily change up these cookies depending on what add-ins you like. However, do not add too many or the ratio of dough to mix-ins will be off.
- Try white chocolate chips or butterscotch chips.
- Add chopped pecans or walnuts.
- Mix in dried cranberries or raisins.
- Replace the cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves with an equal amount of Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend.
- STORE in an airtight container or Ziploc bag for 2-3 days at room temperature or in the fridge for up to a week.
- FREEZE. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag. Store for up to 2 months in the freezer. Because of the texture, they stay fairly soft and can be eaten straight out of the freezer.
- STORE the dough in the fridge or freezer to bake later. Keep in the fridge for 1-2 days, in a bowl covered with plastic wrap.
- FREEZE. Use a cookie scoop. Drop the dough on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Place frozen cookie dough in an airtight freezer-safe container, dividing each layer with wax or parchment paper. Label and freeze for up to 3 months. Bake from a frozen state—just add 1-2 more minutes.
STORE extra puree in an airtight container in the fridge for 5-7 days or in the freezer for about 6 months. Use it to make other delicious pumpkin recipes.
For more pumpkin desserts, check out:
- Iced Pumpkin Cookies
- Perfect Pumpkin Bread
- Pumpkin Banana Bread
- Pumpkin Pancakes
- Easy Pumpkin Cupcakes
- Mini Pumpkin Pies
- Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ⅓ teaspoon ground cloves optional
- ⅓ teaspoon ground nutmeg optional
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, whisk together both sugars and the oil. Add egg, pumpkin and vanilla and whisk until smooth.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg and whisk until blended.
- Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir gently until just combined. Fold in both chocolate chips.
- Use a small cookie scoop to scoop dough onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10–12 minutes, or until set in the middle. Cool on the cookie sheet for a couple of minutes, then remove to cooling racks to cool.
These cookies are fabulous! I substituted 1/2 the oil with applesauce, decreased white sugar by 1/4 cup, added about 1 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 cup chopped walnuts. I also used feather weight baking powder because I am on a low sodium diet. Love them!!
Thanks for sharing your changes!!! So, glad you liked them 🙂 I’ll have to try your way!
I made this for thanksgiving and it was a big hit! Very rich and DECADENT! I didn’t use as much chocolate chips because they were starting to fall out, but still overall an A+
Thank you so much for the rating! I am glad you like them, as much as we do!
This is a great recipe to make with little ones, since it’s so Simple. I was able to put all ingredients into plastic cups and my 2 1/2 year old twins took turns pouring and mixing. I thought the batter seemed very dry, too much flour, so I melted 1/2 stick of butter and poured that in to moisten. Cookies turned out great! Thank you!
Thank you for giving it a try!! I am glad the kids helped!
THese were a Little messy to make, but totally woRth it, they aRe so darn good!!
Thank you for trying them!
These are so soft and delicious! A perfect fall treat!
I personally prefer to have chocolate with pumpkin flavor! I had to try these & they were so soft & so good! They did not last long!
Can I just say how much I love this recipe. The pumpkin cookies are the best with a latte!!
Your pumpkin chocolate chip cookies look great! I love the taste and smell of a freshly baked good cookie!
THESE COOKIES WERE SO SOFT AND HAD THE PERFECT PUMPKIN FLAVOR!
what happens if you use butter instead of oil? They look delish!
I have not tried personally, but I am sure you could. You might melt it & let it come to room temp first.
I USUALLY MAKE PUMPKIN MUFFINS, BUT THESE LOOKED TOO GOOD NOT TO TRY. MY KIDS LOVED THEM.
I love this time of year, mainly for this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Recipe! It is my absolute favorite….really any time of the year!
Easy and so yummy!
Glad you think so 🙂 Thank you so much!!
I always make these for neighbors on The first day of fall and this recipe is the best!!! I lOve that you mix the twO chocolate chips bc i would read a lot of recIpes to see which one was more popular but it was always a toss up! I chose to make yours bc you mixed theM! Perfect amount if sPice too!! This will always be my go to
You made my day! Thank you so much for saying that! They make a great gift!
i wasn’t sure about trying a new pumpkin cookie recipe I’ve had my go to for yeArs. Going to be honest i didn’t think this one would change my mind. I added the optional nutmeg and i’m glad that i did!! I love them, they are sOft and fluffy and the taste is aMazing. I think i have a new favorite recipe!!
Well, I am so glad you tried them! That makes me so happy to hear! Thank you for letting me know 🙂
I love all things pumpkin and I always try to make pumpkin cookies each year. Tried these and they are so yummy. Even my kids who usually don’t like pumpkin ate them.
Woohoo!! Happy to hear they did! Thank you!
Husband said, superb. And I agree. Mixing the two kinds of chocolate chips is genius, and I loved it in this recipe.
Yay! That makes me so happy! Thank you for letting me know!!
I love pumpkin, and I love these cookies!! Can’t wait to share them at the local women, and children shelter.🧡
I hope they are a hit with everyone 🙂 Thank you!
These are the best pumpkin cookies, but not only that, they are such a good looking cookie!
This recipe is a winner
These are so good. I made these last week for my family and my husband who is not a fan of pumpkin loved them. Thank you for the recipe.
Oh yay!! I’m so happy to hear that! You’re welcome. These are our favorite pumpkin cookies too!
Delicious, fluffy, flavourful! Was a hit with family.
So so happy to hear that! Thanks for giving the cookies a try!
These were delicious. So soft and love using milk and semi sweet chocolate chips.
These are the absolute best pumpkin chocolate chip cookies! I tried several different recipes before landing on this one and I’ll never make another again! So good!
Aw thank you so much!! So happy to hear you love the cookies.
A holiday favorite
The spice levels are perfect in this cookie! When I use the spice cake mix to make 3-ingredient pumpkin cookies the spice is too strong. These are perfectly balanced!
Oh yay!! I’m so glad you enjoy the cookies!!
Love pumpkin chocolate chip cookies
Yum! Also love to mix milk and semi sweet chips. Easy, yummy cookies!
These are the best pumpkin cookies, but not only that, they are such a good looking cookie!
Thank you!! Glad you enjoy them!
Hi thanks for the recipe. I made these for my co-workers and let me tell you they loved them. I did make some cream cheese pumpkin spice frosting and that just set the entire FALL MOOD!
Great recipe, thanks again
It just wouldn’t be October without whipping up a batch of these delicious cookies! The flavor of this recipe was perfection!
These are AMAZING! Wouldn’t fall without making a batch. The whole family loved them.
Who would resist soft and fluffy cookies? I made this last weekend and the kids requested for more. YUM!
I was so excited to share the outcome, I forgot to rate it 5 stars! I highly recommend this recipe!
These were amazing! I made them for a family event, and they were a big hit. They set up perfectly and were super yummy!
Made these with cream cheese chips and cinnamon chips….delicious! Used the pumpkin pie spice too.
These are my sons favorite. He always asks for them in the fall and he loooved getting to help bake them together this year. We go ahead and double the recipe to use the whole can of pumpkin puree at once.
Wow, these turned out great!