If you’ve been looking for a recipe for The Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, you just found it. Perfectly spiced, cake-like pumpkin cookies with a generous amount of chocolate chips. They remind me of the ones we used to get at the grocery-store bakery growing up. To me it just isn’t Fall without a good pumpkin chocolate chip cookie. You? Another favorite this year is this new cake-mix Pumpkin Coffee Cake I posted a few weeks ago. I’ve been making both of them on repeat.
Thankfully I had a few cans of pumpkin left over from last year in my pantry to start Fall off. It’s been really hard to find canned pumpkin over here in Germany. The commissary we shop at was sold out for weeks. Last week they got a shipment and I was able to stock up again. Talk about feeling panicked. I was down to my last can before that shipment came in. Phewph!
No pumpkin where you live either? No problem. You can make pumpkin puree easily if you roast your own pumpkin. I used to do it every Fall back in the day. All you do is gut and cut up a pumpkin, rub oil on it, roast or bake it until soft and then scoop out the cooked pumpkin and blend it into puree. You usually need to add just a little water. Then you can freeze it in two cup portions. Pumpkin is a great healthy addition you can add to many dishes, from, chili and mac and cheese to pancakes and homemade bread.
My favorite Pumpkin Recipes:
- Best Pumpkin Pie
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars
- Pumpkin Pie German Pancakes
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Snack Cake
- Pumpkin Pecan Crunch
- Pumpkin Bread
How to make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Frequently Asked Questions about The Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies:
Can I use the canned pumpkin pie mix or do I have to use pumpkin puree?
Pumpkin puree is the only way to go with these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. You could try using the mix but it contains sugar and spices so it would be hard to know how to adjust the recipe to still get the same delicious results.
What type of chocolate chips should I use in Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies?
Most bakery’s use semi-sweet chocolate chips in these cookies. You can technically use either semi-sweet or milk chocolate, whatever you have will be fine. I personally like to mix half milk-chocolate chips, half semi-sweet chocolate chips in my cookies.
How Many Cookies will this recipe make?
The amount of cookies you get out of this recipe will depend on how big you make the cookies. Using a regular 1 1/2 tbsp size cookie scoop you will get between around 5-6 dozen. Using a large cookie scoop like the cookies in the picture you will get more like 3 dozen.
Is there anything I can substitute if I can’t find pumpkin puree?
One thing I have used in the past to substitute for pumpkin puree is butternut squash puree. If you are desperate you can roast or boil some butternut squash and then puree it. Substitute it at a 1:1 ratio. In this recipe you would use 2 cups of butternut squash puree in place of the can of pumpkin puree.
What Spices do I need to make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies?
You need ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg and ground cloves. If you do not have ground cloves you could substitute allspice. They have a very similar flavor. The allspice is just a little stronger so go a little scant on that if you use it for a substitute.
- 1 cup canola or vegetable oil
- 1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 4 Cups Flour
- 1 tbsp +1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp + ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1½ tsp baking soda
- 1½ tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp salt
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- 2 cups chocolate chips, I like to use half semi-sweet, half milk chocolate
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two cookie sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper and set aside.
- In your mixer or with a hand mixer, cream together the oil, brown sugar and granulated sugar for 1 minute.
- Add pumpkin, eggs and vanilla, mix well.
- Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt and ground cloves. Mix thoroughly. Take time to scrape sides and bottom to ensure thorough mixing.
- Add chocolate chips and gently fold or mix them in.
- Drop dough onto baking sheets using a cookie scoop. For smaller cookies use a 1½ tbsp scoop. For bigger cookies use a 3 tbsp scoop. Place cookies 2 inches apart on the baking sheets.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 11-13 minutes. The bigger cookies may need up to 14 or 15 minutes.
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