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Healthy Pumpkin Spice Cookie Recipe

Updated on August 20, 2012
These cookies are delicious, moist, and cakey!
These cookies are delicious, moist, and cakey!

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Come fall, I have a mighty hankering for all things pumpkin - pumpkin decorations, pumpkin patches, the Great Pumpkin, and of course pumpkin treats!

While I have had great success with pumpkin pie, breads, cake, and roasted seeds, I had yet to find a cookie recipe that really hit the spot. I then did what any self-respecting tinkerer would do, and started messing with recipes I found online. Here is the result- a moist, cakey, fluffy cookie that's just the thing to tuck into on a chilly autumnal evening. Enjoy!


  • 1 stick Butter
  • 3/4 cups Brown Sugar, Or 135 grams
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 can Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour, Or 240 grams
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon, I prefer Saigon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Mix the butter and sugar (I did this with a stand mixer, for I do not wish to build muscle on my spaghetti-like arms)
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, and spices
  4. Add the vanilla, egg, and pumpkin to the butter-sugar mixture
  5. Slowly add the flour
  6. Do not over mix
  7. Spoon the batter onto baking sheets, leaving adequate space (though don't worry too much- this cookie isn't the crazy spreading type). I used a tablespoon and got a good lump into it before plopping it down.
  8. Bake for 18 minutes or until the bottom edges look slightly brown
  9. Let the cookies cool for a bit on the sheets, then transfer to a cooling rack

Bon appetit!
Bon appetit!
5 stars from 1 rating of Pumpkin Spice Cookies


BONUS: This cookie recipe is among the healthier ones you can choose from. Why? It has extra pumpkin for one, and that it has any pumpkin at all is a major bonus- pumpkins are packed with healthful vitamins (especially A and C, which help with vision), and minerals (especially copper, potassium, and manganese, among others). Furthermore, though this recipe may contain butter, at least it's real, huh? Hurrah for natural ingredients!

Freeze, or store in an airtight container, but DO NOT REFRIGERATE! Refrigeration dries cookies and cakes out. BAD! BAD!! EEEVIL!!!

These cookies make for a great compliment to a Thanksgiving feast or Halloween soiree. Consider making them for a party- the bonus is that they're easy to make, and not nearly as unhealthy as some of the alternatives.

When the cookies have cooled and are ready to be transfered to a cooling rack, you'll find that they're still pretty malleable. Don't worry, but be gentle. I twisted them with my fingertips until they came loose, which wasn't too much trouble.

If you want to bake all of these in one go, but only have one or two sheets, you can use a glass pie pan, too. I did, and they came out just fine, hehee!

Source: Pumpkin Spice Cookies on (

What's different from the original recipe: I work by weight, not cups; I use a whole can of pumpkin puree instead of a cup (this makes them more moist and cake-like), and I left out ground clove, 1 cup of raisins, and 1 cup of chopped walnuts)


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    • cclitgirl profile image

      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Pumpkin cookies!?! YUM! I love how you adapted it, too, to be a little healthier. I go bonkers for pumpkins in the fall...heck, I even have to watch Charlie Brown and see the Great Pumpkin every year, too. Haha.

    • gryphin423 profile image


      7 years ago from Florida

      Thank you for doing the research and work to create a decent pumpkin cookie recipe! I will give them a go this weekend ;-)

      Pumpkin, mmmmm good.

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks Surfraz! I hope the cookies turn out well!

    • Surfraz profile image


      8 years ago from India

      it sounds yummy.. i'm gonna try this out

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you, PegCole17! I hope the recipe works well for you :) - it certainly packs in the pumpkin!

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      Peg Cole 

      8 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      You must have been reading my mind. I love pumpkin too! And what better way to enjoy it than in cookies. Thanks so much for the recipe which I will bookmark for much use.

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Hehee >_< They did seem to go over well at the office!

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      Ren Chin 

      8 years ago


    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Attribution is a must!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Interesting recipe - I love your attribution too!

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco


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      Stuart Goddard 

      8 years ago from Bradford

      We do not eat them in the uk we carve out the middle throw the resulting mess in the bin and then carve silly faces on the shell.

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks Moxyl! It's definitely an easy one. I hope it works out well for you!

    • Moxyl profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe! I'm currently searching for pumpkin recipes and this one is perfect!


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