Perfect Soft Batch Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Your favorite chocolate chip cookie turned into a spiced pumpkin cookie, loaded with chocolate chips. This is the perfect soft batch cookie for Fall.

Perfect Soft Batch Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe from

So our Monday started out like a stereotypical Monday. Only for me, it was kind of funny.

The morning was going all fine and dandy, then out of nowhere it was suddenly time to go out and catch the bus for the girls to go to school. Only when we got down to the garage, the bus was already coming down our street and driving by our house. Seriously,  it’s been showing up more than 5 minutes early all school year and some days we just barely got outside in time. Thankfully we were in the car already, since lil man and I were heading out for a quick errand. We caught up to it two houses down and the girls ran to catch it. Kind of funny because they were clearly panicked they’d still miss the bus but the mom at that house told the bus driver to wait. I felt bad… but it was still funny.

And yeah, around here the houses are fairly spread out so they stop at basically every house that has a kid. So much different than when I was a kid! We all gathered at one house, not the end of our own driveway. Just aging myself again there I’m sure. Rain, cold, sleet, snow, wind… we waited outside until the bus showed up. No warm cars or mom driving us to school if it was late.

Anyway… these cookies.

Perfect Soft Batch Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe from


Forget everything you’re doing and make these. Right. Now. They will rock your world. They’re truly the perfect pumpkin cookie of all time. I recreated my favorite soft batch chocolate chip cookie into a spiced pumpkin cookie. The result… incredible! They’re not all cakey pumpkin blobs like a lot of pumpkin cookies turn out like. They look and taste like real chocolate chip cookies but they’re pumpkin flavored!

I did some totally scientific research to create these and I’m beyond thrilled with the results. This will absolutely be my go to pumpkin cookie recipe from here on out… well… until I decide I need to re-perfect it because we all know that’s bound to happen eventually.

Make these. You will fall in love!

Not only are these  cookies loaded with chocolate chips, but these soft pumpkin cookies stay soft and aren’t at all cakey! Pumpkin cookie heaven.

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Yield: 2 dozen

Prep Time: 10 minutes plus chill time

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 12 hours

Perfect Soft Batch Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Your favorite chocolate chip cookie turned into a spiced pumpkin cookie, loaded with chocolate chips, perfect for Fall.


  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2C granulated sugar
  • 1/2C light brown sugar
  • 6 Tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • Pinch cloves
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2C all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2C semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars. Mix in pumpkin, vanilla and dry ingredients. Mix well until there are no streaks in the batter. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover and chill until dough is completely chilled and firm.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Use a medium cookie scoop to scoop dough, place dough 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Press additional chocolate chips into the tops of cookie dough if desired.
  3. Bake for 10-11 minutes. Allow cookies to rest on baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat process with remaining dough.
  4. Store cookies in an airtight container.

*This is an egg free recipe

Baked by Rachel original

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99 Responses to “Perfect Soft Batch Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — October 9, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Wow! I have been searching high and low for a pumpkin cookie that is not cakey. These are the answer to my prayers.

    Also remind me tonight, I haven’t joined in on your question night in a really long time! You never show up in my feed anymore.

    • Rachel — October 9th, 2013 @ 8:02 am

      I have a love/hate relationship with Fb. It’s necessary. I just added an update to my note above, hopefully that helps at least some see the page again. I know I go through phases where I don’t see people either. It’s super frustrating! Also – your kids would totally love these cookies, so it’s a must make. ;)

  2. #
    Tieghan — October 9, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Incredible! They look perfect. Not cakey, but perfect! Have to try these!

    • Rachel — October 9th, 2013 @ 8:44 am

      You really should! You’ll love them.

  3. #
    Ali @ Inspiralized — October 9, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Oooh I’ve never had chocolate chip and pumpkin spice before, I’ll have to try! BReak out that baking tray…. I never bake, I really need to start (but I always forget something crucial… like baking powder). Any tips on becoming a better baker?

    • Rachel — October 9th, 2013 @ 8:46 am

      The biggest thing about baking is to measure accurately and use the ingredients called for in the recipe. Guessing on measurements or swapping out ingredients, without being familiar with doing that, can really mess up a recipe in a heartbeat. Also, make sure your ingredients are fresh! Fresh spices taste better and when it comes to things like baking powder and baking soda – if they’re old, they might not do their job. Good luck! I hope you enjoy the cookies :)

  4. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — October 9, 2013 at 8:28 am

    how about you bake a batch and bring them with you in november for us to snack on? ;) kidding..maybe slightly serious. i love soft batch cookies and like carrie said, I don’t like cakey ones, either!

    • Rachel — October 9th, 2013 @ 8:46 am

      I’m sure I can manage that ;) Remind me when the time comes if you’re serious.

  5. #
    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — October 9, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Oh my gosh…not cakey pumpkin cookies! I need to give these a try!

    • Rachel — October 9th, 2013 @ 9:38 am

      Yes you must! :)

  6. #
    Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos — October 9, 2013 at 9:16 am

    That’s pumpkin cookie perfection right there :) Can’t wait to try these!!

    • Rachel — October 9th, 2013 @ 9:38 am

      Thanks Becca! Enjoy :)

  7. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — October 9, 2013 at 9:36 am

    I had a different pumpkin cookie planned for today but I kind of want to make something like this now!

    • Rachel — October 9th, 2013 @ 9:38 am

      Forget everything else and make these :) You’ll love em!

  8. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — October 9, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Same as Carrie, I’ve been looking for a soft, non-cakey pumpkin cookie! Cannot wait to devour these beauties!!

    • Rachel — October 9th, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

      I hope you enjoy them! :)

  9. #
    Courtney @ Neighborfood — October 9, 2013 at 10:00 am

    The texture of these!! I die.

    • Rachel — October 9th, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

      Ha! :) Thanks Courtney.

  10. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — October 9, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Look so moist and delicious!!!

    • Rachel — October 9th, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

      Thanks Robyn!

  11. #
    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — October 9, 2013 at 10:26 am

    I like that they are not cakey. Looking forward to trying these! Pinning!

    • Rachel — October 9th, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

      I hope you enjoy them! And thank you :)

  12. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — October 9, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I loooove soft batch cookies and this fall twist you’ve put on the classic version looks SO good. WANT!!!

    • Rachel — October 9th, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

      Me too! Thanks Amy :)

  13. #
    Heather @ chamomile + sea — October 9, 2013 at 10:48 am

    These look fantastic! Can’t wait to try them out.

    • Rachel — October 9th, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

      I hope you do! :) Thanks Heather.

  14. #
    Amy — October 9, 2013 at 11:07 am

    These look great, and with a severe egg allergy in the house, we are so excited to find a recipe that doesn’t call for egg (so hard to find in the world of baked goods outside of allergy specific content)! Thanks!

    • Rachel — October 9th, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

      I totally understand! Food allergies are SO hard and can often be frustrating and limiting at times. I hope your family enjoys these cookies! :)

  15. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — October 9, 2013 at 11:22 am

    What a great way to make chocolate chip cookies festive!

    • Rachel — October 9th, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

      Thanks Erin!

  16. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — October 9, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I am not a fan of cakey pumpkin cookies at all! Your soft-baked style pumpkin cookies look incredible Rachel!

    • Rachel — October 9th, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

      Same here Sally! And thank you :)

  17. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — October 9, 2013 at 11:48 am

    These DO look like they have the perfect texture! Thanks for doing the hard work for the rest of us;-)

    • Rachel — October 9th, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

      Thanks Lauren! :)

  18. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — October 9, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Oh man these are looking good and so perfect for the Fall!

    • Rachel — October 9th, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

      Thanks Meagan!

  19. #
    Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake — October 9, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    These look incredible and I love that they are soft and not cakey!!

    • Rachel — October 9th, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

      Right? :) Thanks Stephanie!

  20. #
    Tracey — October 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Oh my gosh, cookie perfection right there!! I’ve been baking all the pumpkin things lately, but not cookies. Yum!!

    • Rachel — October 9th, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

      You clearly need to change that ;) And thanks Tracey!

  21. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — October 9, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I’d love a dozen of these, please!

    • Rachel — October 9th, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

      So sweet :) Thanks

  22. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — October 9, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    It can be really hard to get cookies to stay chewy and not turn cakey when adding pumpkin puree but you nailed these! Pinned!

    • Rachel — October 9th, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

      Thanks so much Averie!

  23. #
    Jocelyn @ BruCrew Life — October 9, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Holy bananas, can I come over and help you get rid of these?? Lol! They look delish!!

    • Rachel — October 10th, 2013 @ 7:20 am

      haha of course! :)

  24. #
    MImi @ Culinary Couture — October 10, 2013 at 12:05 am

    These look perfect! Nobody likes a cakey pumpkin cookie, I’m glad you did all the research for us!

    • Rachel — October 10th, 2013 @ 7:21 am

      Thanks Mimi! :)

  25. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — October 10, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Made them at 11pm last night and promptly devoured 3. So good!! Finally a pumpkin cookie that is NOT cakey. I <3 you.

    • Rachel — October 10th, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

      LOVE that you loved them :)

  26. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — October 10, 2013 at 11:08 am

    They look so soft! I LOVE a good soft chocolate chip cookie!mmm mmm and pumpkin too? Good lord yes!

    • Rachel — October 10th, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

      Thanks so much Angie! :)

  27. #
    Dina — October 10, 2013 at 11:54 am

    they sound yummy!

    • Rachel — October 10th, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

      Oh they are! You’ll have to give them a try :)

  28. #
    holly ; the hobbit kitchen — October 10, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    ummmm yes please! there’s nothing about this recipe that i don’t like. can’t wait to give them a go! :D

    • Rachel — October 10th, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

      Haha yes! Please do! :)

  29. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — October 10, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    These are some awesome cookies! I love anything nice and soft.

    • Rachel — October 10th, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

      Thanks Jocelyn!

  30. #
    Katie Talley — October 11, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    First off, these cookies do sound and look amazing. I have a question though, if you wanted to make these tonight can you put them in the fridge for a shorter period than over night? My family would love these and the last cookie I made was just devoured.

    • Rachel — October 11th, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

      A friend and fellow blogger of mine made/baked/ate all in the same evening. She simply flash froze them for 30 minutes. It just helps to harden the dough up a bit more before baking as soft dough will spread a lot more and quickly. Enjoy! :)

  31. #
    Nancy — October 11, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    What is “pinch cloves”?

    • Rachel — October 12th, 2013 @ 8:53 am

      A pinch of ground cloves.

  32. #
    natalie@thesweetslife — October 11, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    definitely plan to give these a go! we have our favorite pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, but i’m always up for trying a new one :)

    • Rachel — October 12th, 2013 @ 8:53 am

      I hope you enjoy them :)

  33. #
    Nicole — October 12, 2013 at 12:22 am

    OHMY! these just exited my oven..the smell..the TASTE. I replaced the choco chips with Reese’s peanut butter chips. really tasty too! YUM! Thanks for this enjoyment. :)

    • Rachel — October 12th, 2013 @ 8:54 am

      Thanks for sharing! I’m glad you enjoyed them. :)

  34. #
    Jessica S. @ Floptimism — October 12, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I can’t even tell you how in love with these cookies I am right now. They look like the perfect chocolate chip cookie, and adding in the pumpkin is such a great idea! I wanted to let you know that I shared this recipe on my blog’s Weekend Wrap-Up. Thank you for such an amazing recipe, and I hope you’re having a nice weekend!

  35. #
    Heather — October 13, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Made these tonight and they were so yummy. Mine didn’t flatten out like yours, but they were delish. Kids couldn’t get enough. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Rachel — October 14th, 2013 @ 7:43 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed them! :)

  36. #
    Tina S. — October 15, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    So excited about these! I love all things Fall. The batter is in the freezer as I type bc I cannot wait until tomorrow to try these. I’m selling the rest at my school bake sale tomorrow-whatever is left!

    • Rachel — October 16th, 2013 @ 7:18 am

      I hope you enjoy them! :)

  37. #
    Casey — October 16, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    I was just wishing Dairy Queen delivered when I saw this recipe. Will these turn out well if not refrigerated?

    • Rachel — October 17th, 2013 @ 7:25 am

      Others have opted to do a flash freeze for 30 or so minutes prior to baking. It’s simply to harden the dough slightly before baking so it doesn’t spread the second it enters the oven. :)

  38. #
    Carolyn — October 18, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I must say, I’m shocked to find a cookie recipe that doesn’t call for eggs, or am I missing something here? I’m actually in the process of making these right now, I hope they turn out just as great as yours look!

    • Rachel — October 19th, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

      This is an egg-free cookie recipe. So no, you’re not missing anything :) Enjoy!

  39. #
    Kelly — October 19, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Seriously amazing! I am always making cookies for friends, family and coworkers, and these are delicious! Thank you for a fabulous recipe. :)

    • Rachel — October 19th, 2013 @ 7:04 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them! :)

  40. #
    Jen — October 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Refrigerating them overnight I think was way too long – they were so cold, that they barely cooked outward at all, and the inside didn’t cook before the outside was almost too done!

    • Rachel — October 22nd, 2013 @ 7:26 am

      I’ve cooked these several times myself as have many others without issue. It’s possible that your fridge is either set to a much colder temperature or your oven isn’t cooking at the correct temperature. Keep in mind that these will look slightly undercooked as they are a soft cookie so you don’t cook them until crisp on the exterior.

  41. #
    Stephanie — October 22, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! My search for great pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe is over! I melted my butter and left out the allspice bc I ran out and the result was still spectacular! I hate the cakey gross pumpkin cookies so I usually stay clear of the pumpkin but in light of the fall holidays I wanted to bake something more festive with my toddler. Did I say thank you yet?

    • Rachel — October 23rd, 2013 @ 7:28 am

      You’re welcome and thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the cookies! :)

  42. #
    Abby S — October 27, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    So I’ve yet to bake the actual cookie yet, and I’m pretty sure I’ve eaten at least a third of the dough. Is it wrong to make this recipe JUST for the dough?? I’m in love. And it’ll probably only multiply after I try it in cookie form. A million thumbs up!

    • Rachel — October 27th, 2013 @ 6:09 pm

      It’s a devilish cookie dough! And definitely even better as a baked cookie! You’ll have to give the baked version a try if the dough lasts that long ;)

  43. #
    Cassidy — October 30, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    What adjustments would you do for high altitude? I always have a problem when making chocolate chip cookies, they never turn out right. my town elevation is almost 6,000

    • Rachel — October 30th, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

      I’m not familiar with altitude adjustments but I’m sure doing a quick search might give you some suggestions.

  44. #
    tova — October 2, 2014 at 10:23 am

    No eggs?

    • Rachel — October 2nd, 2014 @ 6:18 pm

      Correct. This is an egg free recipe.

  45. #
    Katy Schwartz — October 19, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I’ve made these twice now…the first time I made them they were gone in 2 days and the next time I made them for a party and doubled the recipe – they were gone by the end of the night. I got so many compliments and they really are AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS! Probably the best cookies I’ve EVER made!

    • Rachel — October 19th, 2014 @ 6:02 pm

      So glad to hear it! Thanks for sharing! :)

  46. #
    Jeanne — October 20, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    I noticed no eggs in recipe? Is that true?

    • Rachel — October 20th, 2014 @ 8:18 pm

      Correct, this is an egg free recipe.

  47. #
    Lauren — October 25, 2014 at 12:58 am

    I made these cookies tonight, and I must have done something wrong because they turned out so cakey and lumpy! (They still tasted delicious though.) I wonder if I didn’t chill the dough for long enough – I chilled it in the fridge for about two hours, but after reading the comments, it seems that I should have chilled the dough overnight.

    (I also made your mini apple pie cheesecakes and they were a HUGE success!)

    • Rachel — October 25th, 2014 @ 7:45 am

      It definitely needs to be on the firmer side (while not being rock hard) prior to shaping and baking. But they definitely shouldn’t be cakey at all, more of a traditional chocolate chip cookie texture.

  48. #
    ann — October 29, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    do you use a mixer?

    • Rachel — October 30th, 2014 @ 7:30 am

      I use a stand mixer.

  49. #
    Gigi — December 19, 2014 at 12:29 am

    You will not believe how fast these cookies go in our household. Now it is our church favorite as well. Thanks and Merry Christmas from our home in Japan to you. These are the best cookies.

    • Rachel — December 19th, 2014 @ 7:38 am

      Love hearing that! So glad everyone is enjoying them. Thanks for sharing! :)

  50. #
    Rachel — November 7, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Making these for the first time this fall. They are always a treat to look forward too! Plus I don’t have to feel guilty about eating raw cookie dough since they’re egg free. Yay!

    • Rachel — November 8th, 2015 @ 8:06 am

      So glad you’ve enjoyed them! Thanks for sharing, Rachel! :)

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