Pumpkin 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.

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


  • 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
  • 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 of pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup dried currants


1 Preheat the oven to 350° F.

2 Beat the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

3 Add the egg, vanilla extract, and pumpkin purée and beat for another 3 minutes.

4 In a separate bowl combine the flour, oats, baking soda, salt, cardamom and cinnamon and whisk together. 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.

5 Fold in the pumpkin seeds and currants. Drop spoonfuls of dough on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 13-15 minutes. Allow to cool on the tray for a minute or two to set, then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.

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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!

  • Pam

    They are probably good, but flat. I even added 1/4 c additional flour. Not sure what went wrong…….

  • susan mayes

    This was a excellent cookie Recipe….I did have to cook it about 3 minutes more than the recipe called for. I added mini chocolate chips to the last batch. everyone thought it was a good move. I used Splenda instead of sugar. Again it was a good move. Treat yourself and Bake some ASAP

  • atb

    i have a question: where i’m from it’s super hard to find the Kind of dense dark Brown sugar you get in the states. i’ve tried just substituting light Brown granulated sugar but i have the Impression that the texture suffers some. any suggestions? molasses maybe?
    These look amazing by the way, love baking with pumkin!

  • Monica

    I was looking for a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe and there were many online, but then I saw this, and since I liked your pumpkin bread recipe so much, I decided to use this recipe as my base and just substitute chocolate chips for the currants/seeds. They turned out perfect! I cut the sugar in half — I just did 1 cup of brown sugar and didn’t do any white sugar — because I actually don’t have a big sweet tooth and I’m trying to keep my sugar intake to a minimum (but I was craving chocolate chip cookies, of course!). The cookies turned out light and springy, almost cakey and the pumpkin and spices lent great flavor. Didn’t miss the sugar, and although I love love love chocolate chips, the cookies would have been pretty tasty on their own or with the add-ins listed in the original recipe.

  • Rob in Washington

    I made these for my mt biking buds, brought the rest to Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone thought they were awesome and commented on what a great variation of a good thing they were. MM-mm good.

  • Gloriana Fernandez

    I had a scant cup of pumpkin puree that I didn’t know what to do with and decided to try my hand at these. So glad I did. SuperultraFABtastic! Thank you, Garrett! These are going to be regulars in my autumn cookie rotation :)

  • Kärt

    A little too sweet for me, would use 1 cup of sugar instead of 2. Otherwise, really tasty cookies.

  • Erin

    ANOTHER great recipe… thank you!

  • Natalya

    I made these with butternut squash instead of pumpkin… Outstanding! Now everybody’s favourite cookie! A few mini dark chocolate chips made them even more decadent!

  • Kristin

    I made these for a fall party in November and again for my Christmas cookie platters… I’m a huge fan of anything pumpkin, and the spices in these cookies are unique and delicious! Definitely a winner.

  • Katie

    Just tried these as well for the first time…wonderful!!! Going to be a great addition to our Thanksgiving dessert menu. Thanks for the recipe!

    One suggestions for anyone baking with a convection oven…take 2 minutes off the baking time (so approx. 11 minutes at 350) for the perfect cookie!

  • Cassie

    I made these cookies for the first time tonight. I was looking for something good and semi-healthy…so I made it with less sugar and instead of the currants and pumpkin seeds, I used sliced almonds. So yummy! I was worried at first they wouldn’t work, and looking at the first batch as I took it out of the oven I thought that I might have added too much flour. But the first bite was amazing!! I am now sitting with the second batch outta the oven a couple cookies in front of me with a tall glass of milk.
    Thank you for such a wonderful recipe! I’m letting my kiddo frost a couple for a party tomorrow…we’ll see what the neighbors think!!!

  • Jennifer W.

    I made these cookies last year when the recipe was first posted. I never make cookies! Turns out I don’t like cardamom very much, as I found it overpowering. But I have thought of them often and am making them again this year. Like last year, I am substituting cranberries for currants, and I’ll be leaving out the cardamom. Thanks for a memorable cookie that brings a non-baker back for more.

  • AndrewBoldman

    da best. Keep it going! Thank you

  • Chanel

    Ok, I’m totally late on leaving this comment, because I made these for thanksgiving, but I just have to leave a comment on how delicious these were! My grandmother and I had to make 2 batches because we practically ate the whole first batch before anybody else got any, plus we wanted more still! These have become my favorite homemade cookie, by far. The only thing I changed, was that I used walnut instead of pumpkin seeds, because I couldn’t find pumpkin seeds without the shells. These are so chewy and moist, anyone who is debating on trying this you absolutely have to!

  • Chloe

    I just made these, and I know why everyone wants to eat more.
    I didn’t have cardamom, so I added allspice, nutmeg & ginger. Since I didn’t have pumpkin seeds nor currants, I added chocolate chunks to half of the recipe.
    Both are wonderful. I just have to make sure we don’t eat them all till tonight’s party. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • S Roy

    You were right, Elise, these yummy things did give me a tummy ache after I ate too many of them! I did a google search and found that eating too much of nuts and high fat seeds can sometimes do that. So next time I’ll lower the amount of the pumpkin seeds. Also I used no white sugar just brown sugar and it came out just perfectly sweet. The smell of pumpkin, butter, brown sugar and cardammom kept the kitchen smelling so good. Love this recipe. Thanks Garrett.

  • Dana

    This recipe was fantastic! I played around with it a bit. I used 1 tablespoon cinnamon instead on 1 teaspoon, I added an extra teaspoon of vanilla, didn’t have any brown sugar, but I did have sucanant so I used that since they’re similar, then tossed in some raisins.
    I altered it a bit more to make it vegan friendly by eliminating the egg and using Ener-G egg replacer and instead of butter I used Earth Balance. They turned out marvelous. Thanks for the recipe!!

  • Catherine

    Wow, these are super good!

    I didn’t follow the recipe exactly though. I didn’t have any pumpkin seeds (does anyone keep those on hand?) and I have no idea what dried currants are. So instead I added sliced almonds and semi-sweet chocolate chips. They are yummy!

  • Annice

    I just made these cookies last night and they are Delicious! I might go a little lighter on the pumpkin seeds (3/4 c?). I’ve never used currants before, they were a nice touch, I like another person’s idea for cranberries, might add nice tanginess. But most of all, the oatmeal and the pumpkin seeds together add a fantastic texture and chewiness! Thank You!

  • Lynn

    How do I make the pumpkin puree? Is it just the scooped out insides of a pumpkin and a little water added to a blender? I’d rather not buy it pre-made, since fresh is so much better.

    Cut a kobacha in half, take out the seeds and cut off the stem, place in a roasting pan with a few tablespoons of water, cut side down and roast at 350F until tender. Then scoop out and discard skin. Puree. ~Garrett

  • julie

    I made these cookies this afternoon. I substituted pecans for the pumkin seeds. The cookies are yummy. I am on my way to a stomach ache too–it’s hard to resist them!


  • Katie

    These are amazing. I made them with chocolate chips (for the boyfriend believe it or not) and walnuts. The result is like my favorite cookie/dessert all rolled into one. I didn’t use cardamom because it is expensive and used cinnamon and some dashes of ginger, clove, and nutmeg–basically pumpkin pie spices. I may get the cardamom now that I know I LOVE these cookies.

  • Christina

    Made these yesterday with the leftover pumpkin from RR’s pumpkin pasta recipe.

    Oh, these are good. I used chocolate chips and cinnamon chips and will try them with the pumpkin seeds the next time I get to the store. I hid the uneaten ones in the freezer till our birthday party “season” starts!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Doug

    Garrett, I can’t wait to make these — they sound amazing, and I love the idea of using roasted squash puree. But I’m a bit worried about variation in its consistency. Do I need to be careful about how watery the squash/pumpkin puree is? Should I be aiming for the consistency of canned pumpkin? Thanks!

    Well, I gather that puree is puree for the most part. Even canned will usually have some water and moisture. If it’s a soup somehow, then yes, it’s too watery, if it’s super stiff and hard to stir, then it’s too dry. But yes, aim for canned pumpkin consistency. ~Garrett

  • Mpls lisa

    They sound wonderful but I am going to try with dates, just because I love dates so much. I know that Whole Foods sells the pumpkin seed in their bulk section. Just bought a bunch for homemade granola!

  • maris

    I love pumpkin! Do you think these would turn out just as well with chocolate chips rather than currants/pumpkin seeds for a chocolate fix?

    I am sure chocolate chips would be great! ~Garrett

  • Christine B

    How well do these freeze (batter and cookies)? The orange poppy seed batter froze very well! Thanks :)

    Probably just as well as any other cookie. I rarely ever freeze my cookie dough and haven’t done so with these. I don’t think it should be a problem. Try it out and get back to us with your results! =) ~Garrett

  • Denise

    Are the pumpkins seeds crunchy or soft in the cookie? Do you need to do something like boil or roast them first?

    Sort of crunchy; just regular raw and out of the shell pumpkin seeds. So no, do not boil or roast them. ~Garrett

  • Charlotte

    Looks like a great fall recipe! Are the pumpkin seeds raw (straight from the pumpkin), or have they been toasted or salted?

    Use raw, and by raw I mean unsalted, untoasted, and not in the shell. Baking these with the seeds still in their flat and pale shells would make for a very unplesant cookie. Now, obviously, shelling a bunch of pumpkin seeds straight from the pumpkin by hand would be crazy. A lot of stores carry them now (they are often called pepitas), but feel free to substitute sunflower seeds if need be. ~Garrett

  • Christine

    Instead of currants can I substitue another dried fruit?

    Yes, feel free. ~Garrett