Monday, October 28, 2019

Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Chocolate Chips

Soft pumpkin cookies are the perfect fall treat. They are easy to make and my family loves them. Add chocolate chips and they are so yummy!

My husband loves a cake type cookie, so he especially loves it when I make these. They are soft, moist and full of fall flavors {pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg}.

soft pumpkin cookies

 I really like these homemade pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting, but most of my family likes them plain. I've included the frosting recipe for those of you with my good taste:)

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Soft Pumpkin Cookies

I love to make pumpkin treats in the fall. I just love the enticing aroma of pumpkin baking. Once you've made these cookies try my pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie and pumpkin butter cake.

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How to Make Soft Pumpkin Cookies

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Let's get started. Pumpkin cookies are pretty easy to make and whip up quickly.

cream shortening and sugar for pumpkin cookies

Begin by creaming the shortening and sugar. Mix with a mixer until the shortening is incorporated.

add pumpkin, egg and vanilla to pumpkin cookies
Next add the pumpkin, egg and vanilla. Mix well. At this point there will be small clumps and it will look kind of gross. That's ok, it will get better, I promise.

adding flour and spices to pumpkin cookies

Next add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix until combined.

adding chocolate chips to soft pumpkin cookies

Lastly, stir in the chocolate chips.

pumpkin cookie dough

Drop spoonfuls (about 1/4 cup, but I don't measure) onto a greased cookie sheet.

freshly baked pumpkin cookie

Bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes. (13 minutes is the sweet spot for my oven). Don't overbake or they will be dry. You want to have the edges just barely starting to brown. It shouldn't look gooey, but if it looks a little bit underdone, that's ok.

soft pumpkin cookies with chocolate chips

You can eat them right off the pan. Or you can let them cool and add some cream cheese frosting.

soft pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting

Can I freeze pumpkin cookies? 

Yes, pumpkin cookies can be frozen. Once cookies are baked and cooled, place on a tray and freeze. Transfer to a zip top bag. Use within 3-4 weeks.

How long do pumpkin cookies stay fresh? 

To keep the cookies fresh, store them in an airtight container. Pumpkin cookies are best eaten within 3-4 days.

Tips for my pumpkin cookies recipe:

  • I often use butter flavor shortening
  • Instead of measuring, I either use a small can, or 1/2 of a large can of pumpkin.
  • I usually use a large can of pumpkin, so I put half of it in a zip-top baggie and stick it in the freezer for the next time.
  • I like to stir in the chocolate chips with a wooden spoon.
  • Don't over cook them, or they will be dry. They should not be gooey, but still look moist on top.
  • You will probably only need 1/2 of the cream cheese frosting, unless you double the batch of cookies. I like to store store the extra in the freezer in a zip bag. It's perfect for Chocolate Chip Walnut Brownie CupcakesCarrot CakeCinnamon RollsCream Cheese Braid, and Jiffy Cinnamon Rolls.

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Soft Pumpkin Cookies

Soft Pumpkin Cookies

Servings: 24
Author: Rachel
Prep time: 25 MinCook time: 13 MinTotal time: 38 Min
These soft pumpkin cookies are a moist, cake-like cookie that brings out the flavors of fall (pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg).


Pumpkin Cookies
  • 1/2 c. shortening
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 1/2 c. pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. nutmeg
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 c. chocolate chips
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 c. butter, softened
  • 2 t. milk
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 4 c. powdered sugar


Pumpkin Cookies
  1. With a mixer, cream together shortening and sugar. 
  2. Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla and mix well. 
  3. Add dry ingredients and mix just until moistened. 
  4. Stir in  chocolate chips. 
  5. Bake at 375 for 13 minutes. Cookies may look slightly under-cooked. This is ok - overbaking will result in dry cookies.
  6. Cool completely before frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Using a mixer, cream together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add milk and vanilla and mix. Mix in powdered sugar.


1. I often use butter flavored shortening 2. Instead of measuring, I use either a small can, or 1/2 a large can of pumpkin. 3. You can refrigerate or freeze remaining pumpkin for another time. 4. Don't over cook! They should not be gooey, but still look moist on top. 5. You will probably only need half of the cream cheese frosting. Refrigerate or freeze remaining frosting for later use.

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