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Soft Old Fashioned Pumpkin Cookies

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The crisp fall air signals it’s time to slip into the kitchen and pull out a favorite fall recipe: soft, old-fashioned pumpkin cookies!

This easy version is for my favorite soft pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and they are delightful. You’ve got to try them! The soft pumpkin cookies are moist and almost cake-like.

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They melt in your mouth and leave you with autumn’s glorious pumpkin spice taste. And if you’d like a chewy version, I have some suggestions for that, too.

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I love to bake. Cookies were the first things I ever attempted to make and my family bragged on me big time. Success begets success and I suppose that has something to do with why I love to bake.

That, and everyone loves cookies. Unlike with some fruits and vegetables, I have never had to convince my boys to “Eat your cookies.”

A mom has got to have some easy wins!

And if you’ve never tried pumpkin flavor cookie dough…you really should. Just don’t let your kids see you or you won’t end up with any baked cookies.

Easy Pumpkin Cookies Recipe


Are your taste buds revved? This is how to make scrumptious cookies.

  • Combine sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a medium size bowl. Set it aside.
  • In a separate large bowl, mix the egg, vanilla, oil, and pumpkin.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.

Truth in the kitchen: sometimes (most times) I’m in a hurry and I do not want to dirty a second bowl.

On those days I start with the large bowl and wet ingredients, then I add the dry ingredients to the same bowl. But I don’t just dump the ingredients in one spot. I sprinkle them all around the bowl so there’s an even distribution.

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I suppose a professional baker would frown on my method but it works for me!

  • Next, fold in the chocolate chips; turn the oven on to 350 degrees and then let the batter rest for about 20 minutes.
  • Scoop heaping tablespoons of cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet. Use parchment paper for easiest clean-up.
  • Bake about ten minutes; adjust depending on your oven’s calibration.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes

Your kitchen will smell amazing; your mouth will water. Children will be drawn to the kitchen as if they were responding to some primal call.

You will feel like a benevolent fairy godmother, bestowing gifts on her charges. Bask in the glory.

Pumpkin Cookie Recipe Variations

One good thing leads to another. Remember I said success begets success? It’s time to freelance.

  • If you want a chewier but still soft pumpkin cookie, try adding about a half cup of quick oats.
  • And don’t forget the raisins. Or cranberries. Or chopped dates.
  • You might want to mix in chopped walnuts or pecans, too.
  • Use white chocolate chunks instead of the chocolate chips for another taste treat. Or if you are really feeling wicked, use both.
  • And you adventure seekers will want to play with spices. Try one or more of these: pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, allspice.

How to Make Soft Pumpkin Cookies

Now some prefer eating these orbs fresh and warm from the oven—but I know of one friend who insists they are best after they have cooled in the fridge.

My advice? Try them both ways.

Have them with milk, coffee, tea—or just a big smile.

But for sure, before sunny autumn days turn into Earl Grey winter, stick a few of these soft, old-fashioned pumpkin cookies in your pocket. Get outside and take a walk.

Old Fashioned Pumpkin cookies

I highly recommend enjoying blue sky, kicking through colored leaves, and nibbling your way through a beautiful afternoon.


Soft Old Fashioned Pumpkin Cookies

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  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 8 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of canned pumpkin


1. Combine all dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl, and mix.

2. In separate large bowl add all wet ingredients: egg, vanilla, pumpkin and oil. Mix until well combined.

3. Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.

4. Fold in chocolate chips.

5. Let batter set for 20 minutes.

6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

7. Scoop cookies about two tablespoon size onto a greased baking sheet.

8. Bake for 10 minutes (time may vary with different ovens).

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Layne Henderson

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men, she’s in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara.