Pumpkin Cookies

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These Pumpkin Cookies are the perfect fall treat! We make them with oatmeal to keep them chewy and moist. Fall spices bring out the best of the season. They also freeze and ship very well.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Have you ever gotten a tummy ache from eating too many cookies? I did with these pumpkin cookies from our guest author Garrett McCord. Too good. ~Elise

“What the heck?” cried out my roommate looking at the dinner table now covered in produce.

“What?”

“Just how many squashes did you buy!?”

“Only, like, seven. Enough to last us for most of fall,” I replied. And really, is seven of them too many? I think not.

Once Autumn rolls around my kitchen becomes overloaded with butternuts, kabochas, ambercups, and turban squashes. Indeed I actually have extra baskets laid out on the dining table overflowing with knobby, colorful gourds ready to be cooked.

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Easy Pumpkin Cookies Recipe

Roasted, pureed, curried, it’s all good due to the playful versatility of pumpkins. Still, using them in baking is my preference; their rich flavors are tailor-made for sweets.

Now the commonplace pumpkin cookie is often too bready for me and usually covered in some sort of too-sweet glaze. That is a cookie that I generally shy away from.

But this cookie, however, is a bit different thanks to a nice dose of oatmeal. This keeps them very soft and chewy.

The use of cardamom, currants, and pumpkin seeds also gives these cookies a curiously different and delightful taste from other pumpkin cookies. It’s a combination that’s a great way to use up any pureed squash and turn out a treat that everyone will love.

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Great Add-Ins for Pumpkin Cookies

Swap out the pumpkin seeds and currants in this recipe for anything you like. Chocolate chips and dried cranberries, maybe?!

And hey, if you want to top them with frosting or icing, that works too. I bet they’d be great with some cream cheese frosting smeared overtop. You could even make mini-cookies and sandwich them together with frosting in between.

Freezing Pumpkin Cookies

Freeze the unbaked balls of cookie dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet until hard, then transfer them to a freezer container or bag. No need to thaw before baking; just arrange them on a cookie sheet and add a minute or two onto the baking time.

The baked cookies also freeze well! Stack them between pieces of parchment, transfer to a freezer container or bag, and freeze for up to a month.

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Updated October 21, 2018 : We spiffed up this post a little to make it sparkle! No changes to the recipe.

Pumpkin Cookies Recipe

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  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 4 dozen small cookies

These cookies are soft and moist. Be sure to let them cool completely and to store them in single layers separated by wax paper, or they will stick together in one large cookie mound.

If you prefer less-sweet cookies, use 3/4 cup of sugar.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée, canned or homemade
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup dried currants

Method

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2 Beat the wet ingredients: Beat the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg, vanilla extract, and pumpkin purée and beat for another 3 minutes.

3 Combine the dry ingredients: In a separate bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking soda, salt, cardamom and cinnamon and whisk together.

4 Make the cookie dough: Slowly add it to the butter mixture until just combined, being sure to scrape down the sides and bottom once or twice to ensure even mixing. Fold in the pumpkin seeds and currants.

5 Bake the cookies: Drop spoonfuls of dough on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, until dry on top and slightly browned around the edges.

6 Cool and serve: Allow to cool on the tray for a minute or two to set, then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. Cookies will keep in an airtight container for at least a week.

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Garrett McCord

Garrett McCord is a professional writer and recipe developer whose work has appeared in many print and online publications such as Gourmet Live, Saveur, Huffington Post, Smithsonian, and NPR. Past clients also include numerous food companies, wineries, and distilleries. Garrett writes about cocktails on his website, Coupe de Grace.

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  • Josette

    Best recipe hands down. I use chocolate chips and oat flour instead of rolled oats. Great flavor and texture. I do not use the currants or pumpkin seeds (super picky kids) My fav go to pumpkin cookie recipe.

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  • Therese

    Terrific! Highly recommend. Not as sweet or as heavy as I feared. Didn’t have pumpkin seeds and used a mix of dried blueberries, cranberries and sour cherries. Also added left over chocolates chips and white chocolate chips. Took about 16 minutes. Will def bake again.

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  • Lisa

    Delicious! Very fluffy and buttery. Love the pumpkin seed crunch. Cut the white sugar by half and used whole wheat pastry flour. Used cranberries instead of currants. Couldn’t stop munching! Make sure you let them get a little brown on top. I turned on my oven fan. Will make again for sure.

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  • Becky Altinman

    The pumpkin cookies recipe is perfect, thank you. I make my own brown sugar by adding organic molasses to granulated sugar (from sugar beets) as the packed brown sugar isn’t available in Istanbul. I had to bake the cookies for a mere 5 minutes longer (oven issues). These are the best pumpkin cookies I’ve baked over the years. I look forward to baking more of your pumpkin recipes. Becky

  • Maria

    I followed the recipe using unsalted butter. Had only cinnamon and nutmeg in stock so used them in my batter. Initially had my oven programmed for 13 minutes but when I checked a cookie with a fork it was still moist in the middle so I added an extra 5 minutes to cooking time and it came out perfect! It’s yummy! Actually not really very sweet as I expected given the measures for the sugars. Flavor is perfect thanks!

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