Holidays are wonderful when the wonderful fragrance of our pumpkin spice chocolate chip cookies fill the air! It’s the perfect time of year to start sharing our homemade pumpkin spice cookies. Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies on a plate

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies

Friends, this recipe for pumpkin spice chocolate chip cookies is a great one and we’ve tested it so many times to get it right. But the perfection in the recipe lies in your own personal tastes so you can totally customize the spices. We made so many batches and everyone had a different preference for spice levels. So we found the perfect balance between spices, sweetness and texture for these awesome pumpkin cookies. Grab yourself a cold glass of milk or hot cup of coffee because these are not just great for dessert, they’re perfect for breakfast! Move over breakfast pastries, these pumpkin spice cookies are totally going to take over on the morning table.

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Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies for Thanksgiving and Holidays on a cooling rack

Best Pumpkin Spice Blends?

  • CUSTOM BLEND: Our recipe has custom spices with different individual spices that make up the pumpkin spices. We love being able to customize our own flavors. So add or delete what ever spices you want.
  • PUMPKIN SPICE MIX: We also added the option for you to use a general pumpkin spice mix out of the bottle.
  • Ground allspice and cloves can be a little bitter, so be a little cautious on your first batch. Our 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon recommendations are just enough for that aroma without the bitterness.
  • Choose your spice level and fill your kitchen with the wonderful aroma of pumpkin spice. Everyone on our test kitchen team loves pumpkin spice and we’re totally excited that the season is upon us to dive into everything pumpkin.
  • Serve the pumpkin spice cookies with a cup of hot coffee, tea or cocoa. It always means that the Holidays are upon us and more holiday recipes are coming up soon!

Check out our Favorite Cookie Balling & Baking Tools:

After baking tons of cookies, here’s some of our favorites to ball and bake:

OXO medium Cookie Scoop  – Our favorite size of the handy dandy scoops. Makes balling a breeze.
USA Pan Non-Stick Baking Sheet Pan – Nice solid baking sheet pan with a silicone non-stick coating. No parchment paper or cooking spray required.
Pre-Cut Parchment Paper Sheets – Pre-cut to a standard 1/2 sheet pan size. Whip it out, slide on the baking sheet pan and ready to bake!
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Pumpkin Spice Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Adjust the spices to your preference. We love the pumpkin spice flavor and pumped it up for these cookies. If you want to go crazy, use fresh grated spices when you can. The flavor is amazing.
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  • 1/2 cup (113.5 g) unsalted butter (1 stick), at room temp
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) white sugar
  • 3/4 cup (165 g) brown sugar , lightly packed
  • 1 large (1 large) egg yolk
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) vanilla
  • 1/3 cup (80 g) pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 cups (187.5 g) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon (3.7 ml) baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) salt
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) ground cloves
  • 1 cup (180 g) chocolate chips


  • Combine the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar and beat together until light and fluffy.
    Beat in the egg yolk, vanilla, and pumpkin puree until well combined.  (Make sure the pumpkin isn’t too water or else the cookies will be more cake-like. If needed, dab with paper towels or drain in a colander first).
  • In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice).
  • Stir the flour mixture into the wet mixture until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Cover and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour. This is a crucial step and if skipped your cookies will likely spread too much.
  • Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Scoop and ball the chilled dough into approx. 1 1/2” balls (medium cookie scoop size). Place with generous spacing on baking sheet pan because they will spread (usually only 6-9 cookies per sheet pan). If you are going to bake multiple sheet pans at once, chill the balled ones while you ball out the rest of the cookies. The cookies bake best when refrigerator temp. cold.
  • Bake for 10-14 minutes or until lightly browned at the bottom. They should look slightly under-baked to keep them soft and chewy in the inside.
    Remove from the oven and allow to set for another 1-2 minutes on the baking sheet before removing them to a wire cooling rack. 


Notes: Please note as you measure your flour that packing in too much flour will also lead to cake-like cookie texture. We’ll scoop the flour into the measuring cup and then level it by scraping across with a knife (or anything with a straight edge). Too little flour and the cookies will spread way too much and too much flour and they will be cake-like. If experiencing either of these problems, you likely measured your flour incorrectly.

Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 140kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 19mg, Sodium: 91mg, Potassium: 25mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 675IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 1mg

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This recipe was originally published in 2017 and updated in 2021.