Soft and Chewy Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies — These pumpkin oatmeal cookies are bursting with chocolate chips in every bite! They’re thick, hearty, perfectly chewy, and not at all cakey.
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
I’ve made Classic Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies and they were so good that I remade them but this time I incorporated oats. I love oatmeal cookies so much. Sometimes even more than chocolate chip cookies because I love the chewy texture in oatmeal cookies and just had to have a pumpkin version.
These pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are soft, thick, hearty, perfectly chewy and not cakey, which is a problem that often plagues pumpkin cookies. I love pumpkin cake, muffins, and bread but I don’t like cakey cookies.
To combat the cakiness there’s no egg in the recipe. Eggs make things fluffier, but pumpkin puree does that naturally much like bananas do.
I’ve baked plenty of vegan pumpkin cakes and muffins and know from experience that many times when you’re baking with pumpkin you don’t need eggs and these cookies are a prime example.
There’s oodles of chocolate in every bite, and the rich pumpkin flavor just shines. Between the molasses and pumpkin pie spice, these oatmeal pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are bursting with fall flavors.
What’s in Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies?
For these oatmeal pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, you’ll need:
- Unsalted butter
- Pumpkin puree
- Granulated sugar
- Light brown sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Old-fashioned oats
- All-purpose flour
- Pumpkin pie spice
- Baking soda
- Chocolate chips
How to Make Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
To make these pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, first whisk together the wet ingredients with the two kinds of sugar. Stir in the dry ingredients, then gently fold in the chocolate chips.
Scoop the cookie dough into balls and place on a tray or plate. Cover the cookie dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least three hours, or up to five days.
Once the cookie dough has chilled, bake on a parchment paper-lined baking tray for 12 to 14 minutes, or until the edges have set. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the baking tray before removing them to cool on a wire rack.
Can I Make This Recipe as Cookie Bars?
I’ve only made this recipe as individual pumpkin oatmeal cookies, but I think they’d be fine to bake as bars. You’d likely need to use an 8×8-inch pan, but I can’t say for certain.
Can I Freeze the Cookies?
Yes, you can freeze both raw cookie dough and baked cookies.
To freeze the cookie dough, shape the dough into balls and then seal in a freezer bag. You can bake the dough from frozen (do not thaw), but you’ll likely need to add an extra few minutes to the total bake time.
To freeze the baked cookies, let them first cool completely before sealing them in a freezer bag. When you’re ready to enjoy them, either reheat them in the oven or microwave, or set them on your counter to thaw.
Can I Use Blackstrap Molasses?
No, do NOT use blackstrap molasses as it’s far too strong in flavor. You want to use a mild to medium flavored molasses to make this recipe. Grandma’s brand or something similar is ideal.
Can I Use Instant Oats?
No, you should use old-fashioned (rolled) oats in these cookies and not instant oats. Instant oats have a different texture and they’d dry out the cookie dough.
Can I Add Other Mix-Ins to the Cookie Dough?
Be my guest! So far, readers have said they’ve made these pumpkin oatmeal cookies with white chocolate chips, raisins, chopped nuts, craisins, and cinnamon chips — all of which sound amazing!
Just make sure to add only 1 cup of mix-ins total, otherwise these cookies won’t be the right texture.
Tips for Making Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
- Make sure you’re using pure pumpkin puree for these pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and not canned pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin pie filling is sweetened and will throw off the flavor of these cookies.
- I thought these cookies were perfectly spiced as is, but you’re welcome to add additional pumpkin pie spice to the dough if you find the flavor lacking.
- You’ll want to take these cookies out of the oven while the tops still look a little glossy. The residual heat from the oven will finish cooking the inside without making these cookies dry or cakey.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (use the remainder in these recipes)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 tablespoon mild or medium-flavored molasses (not blackstrap, too intense)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla or pumpkin pie spice extract
- 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned whole-rolled oats (not quick-cook or instant)
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (a mixture of cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg if you don’t have pumpkin pie spice)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- To a large, microwave-safe bowl add the butter and heat on high power to melt, about 1 minute.
- Add the pumpkin puree, sugars, molasses, vanilla or pumpkin pie spice extract, and whisk to combine until smooth.
- Add the oats, flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, salt, and stir until just combined.
- Add the chocolate chips and stir to combine.
- Using a large cookie scoop, 1/4-cup measure, or your hands, form approximately 13 equal-sized mounds of dough and flatten slightly.*
- Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray. Place dough mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet) and bake for about 12 to 14 minutes (12 1/2 minutes is perfect in my oven), or until edges have set and tops are just set, even if slightly undercooked, pale, and glossy in the center; don’t overbake. Cookies firm up as they cool.
- Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 10 minutes before serving. I let them cool on the baking sheet and don’t use a rack.
- Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.
*Tip: Strategically place a few chocolate chips on top of each mound of dough by taking chips from the underside and adding them on top.
Recipe adated from my Soft & Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 298Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 94mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 2gSugar: 22gProtein: 2g
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Originally published September 25, 2015. Updated for clarity September 20, 2019.
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