Soft Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin is a wonderful vegetable that is too often limited to the fall months. With the advent of commercial canning, home cooks everywhere can enjoy the wonders of pumpkin-y baked goods any month of the year. Which actually makes more sense, since pumpkin is low in fat, high in nutrition, and gives baked goods tons of moisture without needing to add a ton of oil or butter. Tons of deliciousness, and even better the next day, as the spices blend together.

This cookie is a moist, cake-like cookie that brings together this wonderful vegetable inside a healthy (shh, don’t tell) snack. Happy healthy baking!

Soft Pumpkin Cookies

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Cooking Time: 12 min per batch


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chilled pumpkin puree (canned pumpkin)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.


2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger and nutmeg. Set aside.


3. In a separate bowl, whisk the granulated sugar, the dark brown sugar, and the oil together. Add the pumpkin puree and whisk to combine thoroughly. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until combined.


4. Gradually add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and whisk until completely combined.


5. Use a small cookie scoop or a large spoon to drop a rounded, heaping tablespoon of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart.


6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, making sure that the cookies are just starting to crack on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cookie comes out clean. The cookies should be firm when touched. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool completely on a cooling rack.


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    October 21, 2016 at 11:02 am

    I just made these & added a 1/2 cup of raisins to the flour mix before adding to the wet ingredients and they turned out great!
    Very easy recipe to follow, simple ingredients, & they turned out fantastic. Thanks for posting!

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    October 27, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    hi, the ingredients list only 1 egg, but tsp 3 in the instructions say to add ‘eggs’, wondering which is correct? would love to bring these for a halloween dessert potluck at work thurs!

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    December 10, 2013 at 5:15 am

    making these now

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    October 24, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I used 1 tsp of cinnamon and 2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice. Then I topped them with a cinnamon glaze. My boys loved them as did I. Definitely a keeper!

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      November 11, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks Lori!
      I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe. It’s definitely my go-to holiday cookie!

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    September 16, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Mmmm pumpkin cookies are one of my favorite types and these look divine!! I love that you use oil in these instead of butter.

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    March 10, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    I just made these tonight and they turned out amazing! Since I’m gluten free I changed up the flour, I used a mix of 3/4 cup tapioca flour, 1/4 cup almond flour, 1/4 cup oat flour, and 1/4 cup sorghum flour. This one is a keeper, thank you!

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    September 25, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    i just made these last night for my family and they were amazing! tasted exactly like pumpkin pie. we were dipping them in whipped cream.

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    July 10, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Would love to make these. Any chance you know the calories per serving? Thanks!

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      July 10, 2011 at 10:04 pm

      Hi Angela,
      Sorry, don’t have that info 🙂

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    July 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    These things converted beautifully to my gluten and egg free diet (GF flours and flax gel)! I’d probably use less cinnamon next time (reduce to 1/2 tbsp) but this is a great recipe. Thanks a bunch! I think I’ll make another batch today 🙂

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      July 10, 2011 at 10:04 pm

      Glad you liked them Elle, awesome that it converted so well!

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    June 30, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I love that you use pumpkin in May. And I love that these are ‘healthy’ cookies. NICE!

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    May 23, 2011 at 8:35 am

    I made these last night. They were delicious! I was calling them pumpkin pillows because that’s what they remind me of. Just as good today, too (albeit more moist). Pumpkin cookies in the summer? Don’t mind if I do!

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    May 9, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Made these last night…wow, they are soooo good!!!!

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      May 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm

      Glad to hear it Katie! They’re also really good with cream cheese icing…yum. 🙂

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    May 7, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    I can eat pumpkin all year long. I love it and I always make sure to buy a few extra cans of it during the fall months to last me the rest of the year. These cookies sound soooo good!

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    May 7, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    If I had pumpkin in the house I would make these right now!

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