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Chewy Pumpkin Cookies

It’s the great pumpkin cookie, Charlie Brown! This ultra chewy pumpkin cookie is absolutely fantastic and sure to satisfy your fall cravings.

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Pumpkin Cookies Recipe

This pumpkin cookie is perhaps the tastiest thing a pumpkin has ever produced! Incredibly soft, pleasantly chewy, spiced to perfection and rolled in bougie cinnamon sugar, my pumpkin cookies simply cannot be beat. 

I love this recipe for pumpkin spice cookies because it checks all the boxes for a crowd pleasing dessert. They’re aesthetically appealing, unique without being complex, and make you say an audible “mmm” when you bite into them. Plus pumpkin cookies are a breeze to whip up, freeze so well and are so festive! Really, you cannot go wrong with this one.

Aerial view of a counter of pumpkin cookies rolled in cinnamon sugar in a grid.

Ingredients in Chewy Pumpkin Cookies

  • Salted butter, softened – I always use salted butter! 
  • Brown sugar  – I only use brown sugar in this recipe because it creates a chewy texture which is the goal here! 
  • Egg
  • Pumpkin, liquid removed (see instructions) – The reason we take the liquid out of the pumpkin is to help keep the cookies chewy. The extra liquid reacts with the leavening agents and tends to make things fluffy and cakey. 
  • Canola oil – The canola oil will help the cookies spread instead of puffing up and being cakey. It will also give the edge of the cookie a buttery crisp texture! 
  • vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Cinnamon  – This is the STAR of the show. 
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • Cinnamon and sugar mixture  – I love to roll my cookies in cinnamon and sugar to give them a high end look, but this, I suppose is optional.
An aerial view of pumpkin cookies spread out on the counter with cinnamon sticks. One cookie has a bite out of it.

How to Make Chewy Pumpkin Spice Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F (180° C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer or with an electric hand mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar until creamy. Set aside.
  3. Reduce your pumpkin by lining a dinner plate with a few layers of paper towels. Measure out the 1/2 cup of pumpkin and then spread onto the paper towels. Cover with more paper towels and gently press down onto the pumpkin to remove the liquid from the pumpkin. Repeat this step until the pumpkin is thick and has reduced down to about 1/3 cup.
  4. Add the egg, pumpkin, canola oil and vanilla extract to the mixing bowl and mix until well combined.
  5. Add the all-purpose flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Mix until a soft dough forms.
  6. Portion out the cookie dough into 1 1/2 tbsp portions (using #40 scoop) and then roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture before arranging on the prepared pan.
  7. Repeat with remaining dough.
  8. Bake at 350° F (180° C) for 8-10 minutes or until the cookies flatten, and the centers of the cookies no longer look wet and glossy.
  9. Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.
  10. Enjoy! Store at room temp in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Side view of chewy pumpkin cookies stacked tall. The top cookie has a bite out of it.

How should I store chewy pumpkin cookies? 

Once cooled, store your cookies in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days!

Can I make chewy pumpkin cookies in advance and freeze them?

You sure can! These cookies freeze really well and can be stored in a resealable freezer bag for up to 3 months. I have a post all about how to freeze cookies if you’d like more tips! When you’re ready to serve these cookies, simply allow them to thaw on the counter or reheat quickly in the microwave (or oven) – here’s a post with more tips on how to reheat cookies, just in case you’re interested!

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A tall stack of chewy pumpkin cookies. The top cookie has one bite out of it.

Chewy Pumpkin Cookies

It’s the great pumpkin cookie, Charlie Brown! This ultra chewy pumpkin cookie is absolutely fantastic and sure to satisfy your fall cravings.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Servings: 35 small cookies
Calories: 103kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (222g) salted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup (308g) brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin, liquid removed to 1/3 cup (see instructions)
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups (380g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon + sugar mixture

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F (180° C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set aside.
  • Cream together the butter and brown sugar until creamy. Set aside.
  • Reduce the pumpkin by lining a dinner plate with a few layers of paper towels. Measure out the 1/2 cup of pumpkin and then spread onto the paper towels. Cover with more paper towels and gently press down onto the pumpkin to remove the liquid from the pumpkin. Repeat this step until the pumpkin is thick and has reduced down to about 1/3 cup.
  • Add the egg, pumpkin, canola oil and vanilla extract to the mixing bowl and mix until well combined.
  • Add the all-purpose flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Mix until a soft dough forms.
  • Portion out the cookie dough into 1 1/2 tbsp portions (using #40 scoop) and then roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture before arranging on the prepared pan.
  • Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Bake at 350° F (180° C) for 8-10 minutes or until the cookies flatten, and the centers of the cookies no longer look wet and glossy.
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.
  • Enjoy! Store at room temp in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
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Nutrition

Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.004g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg

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6 Comments

  1. Hey! I made these and they turned out cakey! Grrrr! I really want them to turn out! Should I reduce my flour? Maybe I took too much moisture out of the pumpkin? It was less than 1/3 cup. Thanks!

    1. Hi Trish! Did you accidentally over bake the cookies? The more moisture in the pumpkin the more cakey they will be so I don’t think it was a pumpkin issue!

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