Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

These cookies are a combination of everything delicious about seasonal holiday desserts, including chocolate, cinnamon, brown sugar, and pumpkin. The cookies are very easy to make. They are classic chocolate chip cookies with a twist, namely, pumpkin pie spices and squash puree. They have a subtle orange hue, a mild pumpkin taste, and a hearty texture that’s both crunchy and bready.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 scant teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 scant teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup roasted squash puree, or 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • Coarse salt, such as sel de mer, gray sea salt, or kosher salt
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Preheat the oven to 350°F and line 4 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg, and set aside.

Beat the butter and sugars until light and creamy. Add the vanilla, squash puree or canned pumpkin, and the egg, and beat until smooth. Add the flour mixture in two batches, and mix until it’s just barely incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts.

Drop the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets by the tablespoon, 3 inches apart. Press them down with the side of your palm until they are roughly 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle each cookie with a few grains of coarse salt.

Bake the cookies for about 20 minutes, until the edges are crisp and the bottoms are golden. Cool on a rack, and store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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