Chewy Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

How to make super soft and CHEWY pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies on


Welcome to the official Fall 2017 baking season. The air is cool, school is in session, football started, the leaves are slowly turning…. but fall doesn’t *truly* begin until we crack open that first can of pumpkin. And maybe you’ve already done that this month? Pumpkin crumb muffins anyone?

Well, in any case, this is the first pumpkin recipe I’m sharing on my blog this year. And I always like to kick things off with cookies because, well, COOKIES!!!

How to make super soft and CHEWY pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies on

We’ve done snickerdoodles and cinnamon chip, brown butter and pumpkin whoopie pies (in my book!), but right now… let’s get back to the basics. Pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies in all their soft, chewy, deliciously comforting, pumpkin spicy glory. (Pumpkin spicy. Can that be a new term? How do you feel today? I’m feeling pumpkin spicy so I’m gonna bake some pumpkin oatmeal cookies.)

One term I’d seriously like to call out though is this: chewy.

Here are 3 tricks to guarantee dense and chewy pumpkin oatmeal cookies.

The Egg Discovery

We’ve explored chewy pumpkin cookies at length before. Back in 2013, I discovered that pumpkin can replace eggs in cookies. This was a game-changer for me. When both are used in cookie recipes, the resulting cookie is more cakey and less dense/chewy. I prefer a dense and chewy pumpkin cookie, so I went to town on this concept. From there I created my favorite chewy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. (You can watch me make them here!)

Things were a different story when I threw oats into the cookie dough. Testing pumpkin oatmeal cookies proved that an egg– or at least part of an egg– is necessary. Why? Without an egg, they are a little dry and crumbly because of all the oats. So, in my pumpkin oatmeal cookies, I add an egg yolk. That little extra fat is perfection. And the cookies remain remarkably soft and chewy.

Melted Butter

For chewy cookies, melted butter wins.

Blotting Pumpkin Seems Weird

Here’s another chewy pumpkin cookie secret. Blot your pumpkin. Sounds weird. And it is weird. You see, pumpkin puree is extremely wet. And extra moisture in cookie dough results in cakey cookies that spread too much. Take the 15 seconds to blot it and your pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies will dramatically improve. Simply measure your pumpkin puree, then squeeze out moisture with a paper towel.

See a side-by-side cookie comparison of blotted/non-blotted pumpkin cookies.

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Besides those 3 tricks, it’s business as usual here! Basic ingredients like brown sugar, pumpkin spices, vanilla, oats, flour. One little extra I like to add? Maple syrup. I made cookies like this a few years ago and used molasses. Delicious. Wonderful. Superb. But maple syrup? Even better. And it doesn’t take away from the pumpkin flavor. Rather, it lifts it right up.

I suggest using a cookie scoop. I always use a cookie scoop when I make oatmeal cookies. Once you scoop each, slightly flatten them down. The cookies don’t spread *too much* but they will spread a little if you flatten it out first. Just like this:

Pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies on

The BEST pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! Carefully developed to be soft and chewy pumpkin cookies, NOT cakey! Recipe on

There’s no shortage of chocolate chips. Want to change things up? Use white chocolate chips! Or cinnamon chips. Chopped pecans, dried cranberries, or be a total rebel and leave the pumpkin oatmeal cookies plain. There’s enough pumpkin spicy (!!!) in each cookie that you don’t even need add-ins.

But those melty chocolate chips when the cookies are fresh out of the oven? I strongly encourage you to experience that magic firsthand. HAPPY FALL!!!

The BEST pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! Carefully developed to be soft and chewy pumpkin cookies, NOT cakey! Recipe on

More pumpkin recipes to try this weekend:

Cookbook update: Thank you so much for pre-ordering Sally’s Cookie Addiction. Due to high demand, Amazon and Barnes & Noble are a little delayed shipping them out. After speaking with my publisher, we confirmed that books have made it to various distribution centers and will be shipped out next week from these 2 vendors. 🙂

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 2 cups + 1 Tablespoon (258g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice1
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (120g) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup (2 sticks; 230g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 3 Tablespoons (45ml) pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3/4 cup (170g) pumpkin puree (see note)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (270g) semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and oats together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Whisk the melted butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg yolk, blotted pumpkin, and vanilla extract together until combined. Pour into dry ingredients and mix everything together until completely combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Scoop cookie dough, about 1.5 Tablespoons of dough per cookie, and place 3 inches apart on the baking sheets. Flatten slightly. Bake for 12-13 minutes or until lightly browned on the sides. The centers will look very soft.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. While the cookies are still warm, I like to press a few more chocolate chips into the tops-- this is only for looks!

Make ahead tip: Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week. You can make the cookie dough and chill it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Allow to come to room temperature then continue with step 4. Baked cookies freeze well for up to 3 months. Unbaked cookie dough balls freeze well for up to 3 months. Bake frozen cookie dough balls for an extra minute, no need to thaw. Click here for my tips and tricks on freezing cookie dough.

Recipe Notes:

*Instead of pumpkin pie spice, you can use 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger + 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg + 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice + 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves + (an extra) 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

*Squeeze as much of the moisture out of the pumpkin puree as you can before adding it to the cookie dough. I simply squeeze the puree with paper towels. See photo in the post for a visual. This will help produce a less cakey cookie. Less moisture is a good thing in these cookies!

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Here are some items I used to make today’s recipe.

Libby’s Pumpkin | Glass Mixing Bowls | Silpat Baking Mat | Cookie Scoop | Cookie Sheets | Cooling Rack

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  1. Angela Traczyk on September 27, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    These are delicious! I was a little nervous about how wet the dough seemed, but they baked up beautifully! Thank you for another bomb recipe! Xo

  2. Melissa on September 28, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Good morning! Can I substitute molasses for the maple syrup? Similar to your “Favorite Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies”? Thanks Sally 🙂

    • Sally on September 28, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Sure can!

  3. Dawn on September 29, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    So so so good! I am making my second batch right now. These were a big hit with the family yesterday 🙂

  4. Katie Pedersen on September 29, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    I made these, and they are Sally does it again. I can’t wait to get my cookbook in the mail! Please come back to Portland, Oregon so I can get this one signed, too. 😀 😀

  5. Michelle on October 2, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    These are really yummy!  Only problem I had was that the bottom of the cookie seems to almost burn – just a thin layer.  But the rest of the cookie was cooked perfectly.  Any way I can prevent this?

  6. Lydia on October 6, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    These are delicious. 🙂 My next batch (which will probably be sometime this weekend) I’m thinking about doing a mix of chocolate and cinnamon chips. Quick question, though. When freezing baked cookies, do you recommend containers or baggies, or does it not matter?

    I haven’t really frozen cookies before, since they are usually gone within a week lol. Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

    • Sally on October 7, 2017 at 7:33 am

      It doesn’t matter– I freeze cookies both ways! No issue or difference.

  7. Ashley A on October 8, 2017 at 3:59 am

    Just made these! They were very good. I’m not a huge fan of maple syrup though. Any suggestions on substituting?

    • Sally on October 8, 2017 at 7:46 am

      Molasses works instead 🙂

  8. Robin on October 9, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Can I use quick oats instead of old fashioned? It’s all I have in the house, and I want to make these now! Lol
    Thanks! Luv your site, use it ALL THE TIME!

    • Sally on October 10, 2017 at 8:22 am

      Thanks Robin! I don’t suggest using quick oats– they’re finer cut and more powdery, which will dry out the cookie dough and cookies.

  9. Kara Palacios on October 9, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    I tried making this but the mixture came out dry and crumbly wouldn’t stick together and I tried to cook it and it just burned instantly. I substituted the flour for coconut flour could that really have ruined the whole batch? What can I add to the batch to fix it I don’t want to dump it all it feels like a waste.

    • Sally on October 10, 2017 at 8:19 am

      I do not suggest using a flour alternative. This recipe is formulated for AP flour– you’d likely have to play with the ratios of wet/dry if using a GF alternative.

  10. Rosie on October 13, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Hey Sally, here in Australia it’s difficult to source canned pumpkin, can I substitute steamed/boiled and mashed fresh pumpkin or would that be too wet? These look too good not to make! 

    • Sally on October 14, 2017 at 8:26 am

      Canned is definitely best here, but homemade puree works as well– make sure you blot out a lot of moisture before adding to the cookie dough 🙂 Enjoy!

  11. Abby on October 19, 2017 at 3:27 am

    Hi Sally, i cannot tell you enough how much I really loove this recipe. It looked beautiful and tasted even better. I made 3 variations – coconut, mixed berries and M&Ms (my daughter’s fav) plus another batch for the freezer. My 7 year old and I thank you very much. I hope you’re recovering nicely. Take care.

    • Sally on October 19, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      Thank you for the well wishes, Abby! Love hearing all of the variations you have tried!!

  12. Cheyenne on October 19, 2017 at 8:54 am

    These are sooo yummy! Didn’t have pumpkin pie spice or ginger or allspice but cinnamon and nutmeg were great by themselves!

    • Sally on October 19, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      Love how adaptable these are with the spices!

  13. Melanie on October 23, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Can the pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice be substituted with pumpkin pie filling (Specifically E.D. Smith brand)?

    • Sally on October 24, 2017 at 7:21 am

      I don’t suggest it– there’s also sugar in the prepared pie filling and it has a much different texture.

  14. Becky on October 29, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Made and loveeee!! I made both the original and a variation with reduced sugar and raisins; both tasted incredible! I used homemade pumpkin puree and quick oats; seemed to work fine 🙂

  15. Chloe on November 1, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    These cookies are SO delicious! I made them to bring into work on Halloween and they were a huge hit. I used Butter Crisco instead of butter and mini chocolate chips because that’s all I had. I also used the pumpkin pie spice substitutions because I didn’t have Pumpkin Pie Spice-the spices really make the cookies! These will be a new fall favorite for sure!

    • Sally on November 2, 2017 at 2:08 am

      So glad these pumpkin cookies were loved!

  16. Kate on November 3, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Do you have nutritional information for these cookies? We made them last night bill it now I’m just wondering what exactly I put in my body in terms of calories? 

    • Sally on November 4, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      I don’t. Calorie counting calculators online can often be inaccurate (different brands/products/etc) and I would hate to publish wrong information on my website. Feel free to calculate at your own discretion!

  17. Jen on November 4, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Hi! Can I substitute the maple syrup with more brown sugar+liquid or just regular pancake syrup? I really want to make these but just don’t have maple syrup readily!

    • Sally on November 5, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      I don’t suggest regular pancake syrup. You can use molasses instead or simply add 3 Tbsp more brown sugar.

  18. Melissa on November 8, 2017 at 10:54 am

    These cookies were delicious — possibly my new favorite! There was so much flavor from the spices and maple syrup, and the texture came out perfectly chewy. I made and froze cookie dough balls to be able to bake these fresh any time, which has also worked out great!

  19. Annette on November 9, 2017 at 12:11 am

    These sound perfect.
    Have you tried adding butterscotch chips and pecan bits?

    • Sally on November 9, 2017 at 6:40 am

      I haven’t, but that sounds great!

  20. Stenae on November 22, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    We were looking around the worldwide web for the perfect thanksgiving cookies even though we were specifically told to not bring a dessert, but we considered these a full three course meal because the oatmeal and butter meet are daily protein needs. Needless to say, we succeeded and although we thought we were the first to ever make this recipe, we were not, as seen by the high praise it has already gotten. 10/10 would recommend to a friend.  Best cookies I have ever made. Swig swag, patty wack. P.S. we actually made them, no joke there, and have eaten them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (sadly also not joking).

    -Stenae- baking with ballerinas

  21. Jan Schaller on November 24, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Big hit!

  22. Sarah R on November 26, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Unbelievable! Mine were still a *little* cakey, but I didn’t mind. Great flavor & so easy to make without hauling out the mixer. I made them to use up a little bit of pumpkin leftover from another recipe & they were just the thing I needed. Thanks!

  23. Lizzy on December 18, 2017 at 9:00 am

    These look great. I’m thinking of converting them to bars – any words of wisdom? Think the recipe will work a 13 x 9 pan? Thanks!

    • Sally on December 18, 2017 at 10:40 am

      Hi Lizzy! A 9×13 pan is a good size, yes. I’m unsure of the exact bake time though.

  24. Amanda S. on April 30, 2018 at 9:21 am

    With the website redesign, I had to write a review for my favorite Sally recipe of all time!

    During the fall, I made these cookies 4 times in the matter of a month or two, and I even made some more this spring- so good I can’t get enough!

    These cookies (and straight batter) are amazing!! Seriously have become a fall staple of mine. So easy (no chill time) and absolutely delicious. The batch yields a lot of cookies which is great for big get-togethers or sharing with friends and family.

    It should be noted that I didn’t have pumpkin pie spice and followed Sally’s recommendation at the bottom of the recipe minus the ground cloves because I didn’t have on hand and they came out wonderfully. In later recipes, I found the cloves and they are simply the best cookie I’ve ever had!



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