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Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies are made with pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice for a fall twist on a classic. These cookies are soft and chewy and so easy to make. I love how soft and flavorful they are – and we love them with white chocolate chips!

Pumpkin oatmeal cookies on a cutting board with pumpkin candies and white chocolate chips


Pumpkin season is one of my favorite seasons, and I look forward to it every year so I can make all the pumpkin things! These are the perfect fall pumpkin oatmeal cookie with a soft and chewy texture and tons of flavor! These are one of my favorite pumpkin cookies ever!

I took a classic oatmeal cookie and married it with pumpkin chocolate chip cookies to make the perfectly spiced fall cookie. I really should call them pumpkin pie oatmeal cookies because that’s what they taste like. It’s like the best of pie with the spices and pumpkin with the chewy, soft oatmeal cookie. It’s a match made in heaven.

The pumpkin adds a touch of flavor and makes these cookies so soft and moist. So when you make a batch, you don’t need to worry about them turning out dry. The recipe is so simple to make. You don’t have to chill the dough – just mix, roll, and bake. They are so easy. They are also freezer-friendly, so feel free to make a double batch to keep these tasty treats on hand all through the fall season.

Ingredients Needed

  • All-purpose Flour: Be sure to measure it correctly!
  • Quick Oats: I prefer quick oats in my cookie recipes since they are smaller than old fashioned rolled oats.
  • Baking Soda: Necessary for cookies
  • Cinnamon & Pumpkin Pie Spice: Don’t have pumpkin pie spice? Here is how to substitute individual spices. If you want to use individual spices you’ll need ground ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice.
  • Butter: I use softened unsalted butter in this recipe.
  • Sugar: We’re going to use a combination of brown sugar and granulated sugar for this easy cookie.
  • Egg Yolk: Since pumpkin is so wet, you don’t need the whole egg.
  • Pumpkin Puree: I use canned pumpkin puree. If you’re using homemade, make sure it’s not too wet.
  • White Chocolate Chips: I love the combination of pumpkin and white chocolate. You can also use chocolate chips or nuts!

How to Make Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

  1. Whisk the flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Cream the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a large bowl until it’s smooth and fluffy.
  3. Add the pumpkin, egg and mix to combine. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients and beat until well combined.
  4. Stir in the white chocolate chips.
  5. Use a cookie scoop to make 2 tablespoon sized cookie dough balls. Place on prepared baking pans. Bake the cookies at 350°F for 14 to 16 minutes or until cookies are lightly golden around the edges and have lost their glossy sheen. 
Lots of pumpkin oatmeal cookies with one split in half to show inside with white chocolate chips

Tip From Dorothy

Expert Tips

  • Quick oats work best for this pumpkin oatmeal cookie recipe. If you have old-fashioned oats on hand, you can pulse them in a food processor to turn them into quick oats.
  • You can use all kinds of mix-ins for this recipe. Try chocolate chips, pecans, walnuts, raisins, dried cranberries, or any combination of these will work great.
  • Don’t like white chocolate? Make pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies instead – semi-sweet, milk, or dark chocolate chips will all work, too!
  • Once they’re cooled, they keep well for up to three days at room temperature. Or pop them in the freezer for up to two months! Freeze between paper towels to absorb moisture as they thaw.
Pumpkin oatmeal cookies on a cutting board with pumpkin candies and white chocolate chips

FAQ

Can you freeze pumpkin oatmeal cookies?

Yes, they freeze great. Allow them to cool, and then store them in a freezer bag or container. They will keep for two months.

What can you do with canned pumpkin that is not pie?

Use canned pumpkin to make pumpkin scones, pumpkin bread, pumpkin bars and so many more pumpkin recipes!

What can I do/add to make oatmeal cookies less bland tasting?

Adding pumpkin to oatmeal cookies is a great way to add flavor, especially with cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.

Why didn’t my cookies flatten? 

Be sure to use the spoon and level method to measure the flour. Too much flour will thicken the cookies, and they won’t flatten. It’s also important to use quick oats. For this recipe, the cookie will puff up as they bake, but as they cool, they will flatten.

Pumpkin oatmeal cookies on a cutting board with pumpkin candies and white chocolate chips

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

5 from 5 votes
Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies are soft and chewy and so easy to make! It’s all about the fall spices and flavors in this recipe!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Yield 24 cookies
Serving Size 1 cookie

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup (124g) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cups (67g) quick cooking oats
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup (150g) packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ¾ cup (183g) pumpkin puree
  • 1 ½ cups (255g) white chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Whisk together flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Set aside.
  • Beat butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add pumpkin and egg and mix well. Mix in flour mixture and beat until well combined. Stir in white chocolate chips.
  • Drop 2-tablespoon scoops onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until cookies are lightly golden around the edges and no longer glossy. Cool on baking sheet at least 2 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months.

Recipe Notes

Use any mix-ins you like – regular chocolate chips, nuts, raisins, dried cranberries or a combination of all of them would be delicious.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 94mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1324IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies are a soft and chewy oatmeal cookie recipe for pumpkin season – these are perfectly spiced, freeze well and are great with white chocolate chips!

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Last Updated on December 6, 2023



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28 Comments

  1. Love the look of these cookies! I’ve got to get my hands on some pumpkin and try them. So perfect for fall!

    -Miriam

  2. I am so sorry you get hassled about having one child. We have 2 but most people know I wanted more. So I get questioned alot why we didn’t. And to me it’s personal and people shouldn’t ask that stuff. We live in a world where people just have to voice every thought. Some should be left alone if you ask me.
    I really like these cookies. My hubs would love them.

  3. Thanks for linking up at Bacon Time. I saw your comment and would love to join your linky too, I see that it’s private, how do I link up next week and is there a button I can grab to remind me to link up. Just let me know, you can find me at BT or mhilton05@yahoo.com

  4. Amy, I love your Dad’s attitude! I have only 1 child thus far, and he suffered a stroke at birth, which was traumatic and a year of complications. He’s doing great, but I spent the first year dealing with people saying “oh well, he LOOKS fine!” It scares me to bits having another, and sometimes I feel like I should have another one because everyone is on my case about it. I am a child of 3, and my husband is a child of 4, and we both admit siblings do NOT work in our respective families, and haven’t for generations. Sometimes, as Amy’s Dad said, one is enough because if it ain’t broke, why fix it?

    P.S. I did print off this recipe to make these yummy-sounding cookies, but thanks for letting us all vent our frustrations at the insecure 1% of the populations 🙂

  5. Oh, I totally hate it when people do that! We have an only child too; I am an only child and so is my dad. It makes me CRAZY when people have the nerve to question whether or not we know what’s best for our own family and I’ve even had people tell me I’m depriving my child by not giving him a sibling. Seriously?! My dad used to tell people, “We got it right the first time, no need to try again.” Then he’d just raise an eyebrow, like “Obviously you didn’t…” hehe. Anyway, I’m having a pumpkin party and I’d love for you to link up your cookies. 🙂

    http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2011/09/fall-craft-challenge-4-pumpkins.html

  6. I’ve never baked with pumpkin before, have to get my hands on a can of pumpkin now. I love the little serving platter in you pictures, very pretty.

    As for the mean 1%, pretend like they don’t exist, revel in the joy that you have one amazing kid. There are loads of folks out there who long for atleast one child and who haven’t had any luck yet!

  7. First, this recipe looks DELICIOUS! Second, I am so sorry that you had to deal with such insensitivity. We had a long road to having our baby girl, so I completely understand how you must have felt in that situation. I was getting mad/frustrated/sad/irritated for you as I was reading the run down of your conversation with her. It sounds like you handled it well! I may not have been so nice…. 😉

    I’m here from the Something Swanky blog hop and am your newest follower! Love your blog and can’t wait to read more of your wonderful recipes! 🙂

    Kim @ Little Rays of Sunshine
    morrowsunshine.blogspot.com