If you’ve been looking for the perfect pumpkin cookie, look no further! Soft and chewy (not cakey!), these chocolate chip pumpkin cookies are simple to make and absolutely delicious.

I’m a pumpkin cookie fanatic. There’s no doubt about that. Even though I threatened to boycott pumpkin this year, I could only hold out so long. All because of the pumpkin cookies. Pumpkin cookies with chocolate chips, no less. They are my weakness.

I have many favorite pumpkin cookies recipes. Of note are these soft batch iced pumpkin sugar cookies. Totally different than today’s cookie but oh my glorious. I love them. And my fall back pumpkin chocolate chip cookie is a winner, too. It falls in the soft and fluffy pumpkin chocolate chip cookie camp.

Perfect Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

There’s a time and a place for all the pumpkin cookies in the world, but I must say that today’s pumpkin cookie is the one I love to make the most when someone says “hey, do you have a great recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies?” and follows it up with “will you make it for me?” (ahem, I’m looking at you, children).

Perfect Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

These cookies are like a delicious, chewy chocolate chip cookie…just pumpkin-ified a little bit. They shine, because instead of being thick and soft and cakey, they are thinner, a little more decadently dense and a bit chewy.

Or in other words, totally irresistible.

If you want to really, really make sure your cookies will turn out as described, read through the notes of the recipe, and whatever you do, don’t overflour the cookie dough. That will be death, right there, to the perfect texture of these wonderful chocolate chip pumpkin cookies.

It’s certainly not a complicated recipe, but you know me, in the interest of always being wordy, I want to give you as much direction as possible.

Perfect Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

If you are looking for an amazing pumpkin chocolate chip cookie, you’ve got to try this version and let me know what you think. I hope you love them as much as we do!

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

Yield: Makes about 3 dozen cookies

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

When it comes to pumpkin puree, I've found all types (homemade and storebought) work fine in this recipe with this caveat: the recipe was written using Libby's brand since it's probably the most widely available overall. If using homemade pumpkin puree, which tends to be a little softer, omit the water. Same goes for the Trader Joe's brand of pumpkin puree and other canned brands that are very soft and more watery.

It's really, really important not to overflour the cookie dough in this recipe or you'll end up with puffy, cakey cookies instead of thinner cookies. If you don't have a scale, fluff the flour really well before scooping into the measuring cup and leveling off.

If you bake a sheet of cookies and find they are too puffy, decrease the oven temperature to 325 degrees (it might be that your oven bakes hotter than mine which will make for a puffier cookie).

Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I've made these cookies SO many times, and often, I just throw the dry ingredients into the bowl with the cookie batter without whisking them together in another bowl first. Cookie dough rebels unite.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks, 8 ounces) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (3.75 ounces) brown sugar
  • 1 cup (7.5 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (9 ounces) pumpkin puree (see note above)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 1/2 cups (12.5 ounces) all-purpose flour (see note above)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 1/2 cups (9 ounces) chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (see note above about oven temperature). Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or using a handheld electric mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add the vanilla, pumpkin, and water, and mix until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the batter and mix until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. The dough will be very soft. Use a spoon or cookie scoop (I use my #40 cookie scoop) to drop the cookie dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 10-11 minutes until the edges are set but the middles are still a little bit soft. When the cookies come out of the oven, lightly tap or drop the cookie sheet on the counter (this helps the thinner/chewy factor of the cookies but you won't get fired if you don't do it). If the cookies were taken out while still soft in the center, they'll flatten more as they cool. Let them cool 3-4 minutes on the baking sheet before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Repeat with remaining dough.
  8. These cookies taste great the day of, even better the next day, and they freeze great!

Recipe Source: from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

44 Responses to Amazing Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

  1. These look so good! I already have about a dozen pumpkin recipes on my baking list for this fall. I clearly have to make room to add these too. Can’t wait to try them!

  2. Angela says:

    “Cookie Dough Rebels.” Hilarious. That is me with every single cookie dough recipe. Thanks for the validation 🙂

  3. Heather bell says:

    Love the video. How did you know cooking videos are the only thing that make laundry folding sufferable. Lol

  4. Donna says:

    No eggs!?

  5. Alicia says:

    These are already out of the oven… so yummy! I love the texture. I’m not a huge fan of puffy pumpkin cookies, which is why I tried these right away. Thanks, Mel! Also making your Curried Lentil Soup for tonight’s dinner. Thanks for the awesome recipes!

  6. Marie says:

    Ooh, yum! I bought some from Aldi’s the other day and they were so soft and chewy! This came at the right time; can’t wait to make it. Your recipes never disappoint! Nice editing on the video!

  7. Angie says:

    I’ve never been a fan of the fluffy cakey pumpkin cookies so these are right up my alley! I can’t wait to try them! Loved the video too.

  8. Sherry E says:

    These were so good! Mine were a little puffy (maybe too much flour?) but the flavor was amazing. I may never make the traditional pumpkin cookies again. Thanks, Mel!

    • Mel says:

      Glad to hear it Sherry! Did you weigh the ingredients by any chance? If not, it might have been too much flour – even a couple tablespoons extra flour will make these cookies a bit puffy (although I agree, the flavor is delicious!). Also, make sure they don’t overbake!

      • Sherry E says:

        Haha, not only did I not weigh the flour, I let my 3-year-old help measure it, so that was probably a contributing factor. I’m trying to be less of a control freak when it comes to letting my kiddos help in the kitchen. How do you handle things when Cam’s helping you? Is she able to actually measure things at her age, or does she just get to dump in what you measure out? My life goal is to have my kids bake me cookies someday, so eating some slightly-puffy but still delicious cookies is a sacrifice I’m willing to make.

        • Mel says:

          Haha, we have the same life goals! I agree that letting go of control is important. When I’m testing a recipe for the blog, cam helps stir but I do the specific measuring but when we’re all cooking together, I do a lot of internal self talk about how the finished product doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s not always easy but I want my kids to build confidence in the kitchen…hard to do with a control freak mom like me.

  9. Danielle says:

    How easy would it be to adjust the recipe to use a full 15 oz can of pumpkin puree? I hate to throw the rest away because I know I won’t get around to using it somewhere else.

    • Mel says:

      Hey Danielle – I know it’s kind of a pain to just use 1 cup of pumpkin…I have made this recipe dozens and dozens of times and the ingredient lineup is the best way to get that perfect texture. You could try doubling the recipe to use the whole can but you’ll want to decrease the flour or add additional water. I haven’t tested it that way but Jocy, in the comments, did that – her cookies turned out puffy so that’s why I suggest reducing flour, etc.

      • Diane says:

        I have had success adding a little applesauce to make up for the scant second cup of pumpkin in those 15 oz. cans. I haven’t tried that in this recipe, but I’ve used it in pumpkin pancakes and don’t notice the difference. It could possibly affect the texture in these cookies though, but it’s such a small amount it might be worth a try! You might also try reducing the water by a tablespoon or so.

        And Mel, I made these today and they were delish! I loved the texture, especially after they were completely cooled! I took them to a party (because trying new recipes is always best when you’re planning to give them to other people…….) and they were all gone by the end! I also love Laurie’s pumpkin cookie recipe from Simple Scratch–she uses oats and flax seed and they are so good! They also have less of the cakey texture. Thanks for the great recipe!

  10. Jocy says:

    I doubled the recipe and only used the 15 oz can because i didn’t want to open a new one just for 3 oz , so my cookies turn out puffy . I didn’t change anything else. Should i decrease the flour probably? Would that be a reason?

    • Mel says:

      Yes, with the decreased pumpkin, even the 3 ounces, I bet the flour needs to be reduced (or maybe a couple tablespoons of additional water used). It’s a little annoying that a double batch doesn’t use just one can of pumpkin but this is the best ratio I could get for a perfect cookie.

      • Jocy says:

        Even though they were puffy, they are The Best punpkin cookies ever!!! I don’t like how the other cakey kind gets mushy on top after a day or two. This ones, not a problem. I found my favorite one! Thanks Mel!!!

  11. Julie Reardon says:

    Sooooo……I know I’ve never met you and probably never will. But I feel like we are FRIENDS! I am on your website, or talking you up to my friends and other people who cook (pretty much everyone!!) and I just have to say that I have so grateful for your website! You have changed my life. You have turned the drudgery of motherhood “what’s for dinner” into a favorite part of my family’s day! Let’s see what awesome flavor combinations you came up with today! EVERY SINGLE recipe I have ever tried has turned out exactly like you said, and I anticipated. I am so so so so thankful for you! I feed 4 growing and hungry teenagers and I feel like time at the kitchen table should be something they look forward to. They are always so gracious and grateful, and I love it! I love all your side notes and antics, it is what makes me feel like we are friends. I LOVE to talk to you up to my friends. THANK YOU

    • Mel says:

      Julie! That was the nicest comment ever and means so much that you took the time to let me know. Seriously! Thank you, thank you. Totally makes the work of blogging worth it.

  12. Rita says:

    Making these for my daughter who has an egg allergy! Thanks for the recipe!

  13. Melissa says:

    No egg….that is awesome for me as my youngest is allergic to eggs!! He’s also allergic to wheat so I’m going to try it with a wheat/gluten free flour blend. If it works this could be a great cookie recipe for people with food allergies. It doesn’t hurt that I love anything with pumpkin in it :). Keep up your great work Mel. I’ve loved every recipe that I’ve made from your website. Also, even though I know it’s not your intention, since you don’t use highly processed ingredients, I can easily adapt many of your recipes for my child with multiple food allergies. Thank you!!

    • Mel says:

      I’m crossing my fingers this cookie is perfect for your child! I bow down to any mom who works around food allergies on a daily basis!

    • Crystal says:

      Just wanted to let you know, I used the Gluten Free Girl flour blend and subbed exact for weight. It worked like a dream. Chewy and crispy cookies (I overbaked just a tad) and they were fantastic. Just make sure to ziploc them or something. The ones I didn’t put in a ziploc turned into little rocks, but the rest were still just as crisp/chewy.

      • GMA says:

        For a child with food allergies, I made these with King Arthur’s multi-purpose gluten free flour, 1/2 t of xanthan gum, Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips and Farmer’s Market organic pumpkin. I did not add the water. They turned out great and are still chewy three days after being made.

  14. Susan says:

    Mel! Thank you so SO much! My daughter has an egg allergy and it’s been difficult to find yummy egg free chocolate chip cookie recipes, but this is definitely a winner (esp with pumpkin). You’re so awesomeeeeee!

  15. Kristin says:

    Mel, I made these cookies yesterday with my 4 year old and they were so delicious!!! Bonus, there are no eggs in them (she has an egg allergy), so she got to eat them too! Great recipe!

  16. Becky says:

    We loved these!!! I did have to bake them much longer to get the texture you described, but it was worth it! Thanks for all the delicious recipes!

  17. Nita says:

    I made these yesterday and the flavor was wonderful but mines were very soft and puffy. I measured the flour but it could have been due to the sugar I used. I didn’t have enough granulated sugar ,so I used 1 cup of light brown sugar and half cup of white sugar. Still delicious! And the kids devoured them in less than 24 hours!

  18. Jessica says:

    Is it a typo in the recipe to use a #20 cookie scoop? I used mine and it made some really jumbo cookies that I’ve already had in the oven for almost twenty minutes trying to get them to cook all the way through. I just watched your video and it doesn’t look like a #20. Thanks.

    • Mel says:

      Hey Jessica – oh man, I’m SO sorry about that! I just double checked and you are right…it should be the #40 cookie scoop. I hate it when that happens…I hope it didn’t mess up your cookies too badly. I just fixed the recipe. Again, I apologize!

  19. Marlo says:

    I love the video !!

  20. Paige says:

    Is there anything better than pumpkin chocolate chip cookies in the fall? I’m going to have to make these when we get home from vacation next week!


  21. Rachael K says:

    I was just going to ask about the #20 cookie scoop. I used my #24 scoop and they took a lot longer than 11 min to cook. They are still delicious, but I was wondering if I had done something wrong. I am so relieved it was just a typo. It was kind of fun, actually. I made some with my #24, #30 and #40 scoop to see what we liked best. For myself I prefer the #40 cookies, so I can have more, but we like to make giant cookies to give to friends and neighbors. Mel, I love you and your website!! Thanks for another winner!

  22. Crystal says:

    I made three batches of these this past weekend. OH MY GOSH! One was as written, one was a combo of dark chocolate chips and white chocolate chips, and one was with extra dark chunks and sub rum extract for vanilla. Seriously addicting. Thank you for making a delicious chewy pumpkin recipe! The extras went in my freezer, but I will be making more this coming weekend!

  23. Rachel says:

    We made these yesterday and wow. Just wow. That’s all I have to say.

  24. Nicole says:

    Loved these! Good thing we doubled them 🙂 they are great right out of the freezer a for better or for worse 🙂 I love Fall and Fall food. Thanks Mel!

  25. Patty says:

    Pumpkin puree comes in 15oz cans -what do you do with the excess puree not used in the recipe?

    • Mel says:

      Save it for another recipe (it seems like this time of year I’m cooking a lot with pumpkin). You can also freeze it – or double the cookie recipe and use it up. 🙂

  26. Jan says:

    I made these cookies over the weekend and they were wonderful! Froze part of the batch, and then got them out a couple of days later since the Hubby and I ate our way thru them. I did share with my youngest son, and he loved them also. Know I will make them again this weekend and I will try to share more!

  27. Carrie says:

    These really were amazing! I followed the directions exactly and they turned out perfect. Just wishing I hadn’t made half a batch…..will be making them again soon!

  28. Michelle says:

    I made these tonight and they were an instant hit! They are my new favorite pumpkin cookie! Thanks!

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