You are going to absolutely love these Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pecan Cookies. A soft, moist cookie with the perfect hint of pumpkin flavor, while being loaded with oats, chocolate chips, and pecans! These cookies are thick and chewy, loaded with pumpkin spice, and rich with flavor. Crispy around the edges, but chewy and soft in the center – like a cookie should be!
They make for the best after school snack, breakfast on-the-go, or as a just because treat during the holiday season. ONLY 117 CALORIES PER COOKIE!
CHOCOLATE CHIP PUMPKIN PECAN COOKIES
I woke up with a sweet tooth this morning which is what led me to creating these cookies. Ok, let’s take a step back… I have been experiencing a sweet tooth for quite some time now. I do my best to curb my sweet tooth cravings, as my waistline is not very forgiving when I indulge too much.
And with the holidays in full swing, it’s even more vital to keep myself in check! I know when I head home to see my family for the holidays, there will be platters and platters and platters of goodies at my in-laws, as well as every place I have scheduled to attend. HA.
BUT, I promised family I would bring some goodies to our get togethers. Some are vegetable side dishes, like my Garlic Roasted Asparagus Au Gratin and my Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts. I promise! 😉
So with wanting to take something I know my entire family and the little ones will love, I got to work. I used the base to my Pumpkin Cake Cookies to create these and I was not disappointed. Guaranteed you won’t be either!
LOADED COOKIES ARE THE BEST COOKIES
Anyone else agree?? Heck, I love any kind of cookie so long as it is on the softer side. I have never really cared for the crispy cookies. But I love those brownie brittles you get in a bag. Makes sense, right? No, I know I never do. My poor husband can attest to that!
These cookies are loaded with just the right amount of pumpkin and brown sugar flavors, while also being loaded with old fashioned oats, chocolate chips, and pecans. There’s just something about a cookie with nuts in it – whether its walnuts, pecans, almonds, or macadamia nuts. I’m clearly not picky!
Although I have yet to try one with pistachios in it. Am I missing out? On the pistachio ice cream, too? I’m curious, but also very apprehensive. Ha.
WHATS GREAT ABOUT THESE CHOCOLATE CHIP PUMPKIN PECAN COOKIES
- Very easy and quick to throw together.
- Full of pumpkin flavors.
- Crispy around the edges.
- Chewy and soft in the center.
- Customizable: swap pecans for walnuts, raisins for chocolate chips.
- Great for dunking in milk.
- Can be frozen for up to 2 months.
MORE PUMPKIN & HOLIDAY-INSPIRED RECIPES TO TRY:
- Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting – if you love cinnamon rolls and pumpkin, then you are going to devour these cinnamon rolls! My family has requested them time and again these last few months. Worth every calorie – promise!
- Pumpkin Cake Cookies – this is the recipe these Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pecan Cookies stemmed from! If you’re a cake fan, then you will love these Pumpkin Cake Cookies. They are incredibly soft, moist, and chewy – just like cake! With the best cream cheese frosting imaginable.
- Garlic Roasted Asparagus Au Gratin – looking for the perfect side dish to serve on your holiday table with your ham or turkey? Try this version of au gratin asparagus!
- Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts – another delicious side dish for your holiday feasts. Full of sweet, yet savory, flavors and very easy to make.
- Honey Roasted Butternut Squash – a yummy, sweet and savory side dish that will wow a crowd! Currently one of the most remade side dishes on my blog.
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TOOLS USED TO MAKE THESE COOKIES
- Ice Cream Scoop with Trigger – this is very similar to the one that I have. Mine is technically a melon scooper, but in all honesty — they work the same! So if you have a cookie scoop, small ice cream scoop or a melon scooper, I recommend using that for creating even-sized cookies.
- Wilton 2-Piece Perfect Results Non-stick Cookie Baking Sheets – I have had these for years and they are still like new.
- Reynolds Kitchen Cookie Baking Sheets/Parchment Paper – these are a bakers dream! I love how simple it is to pull the parchment sheet directly out of the box without having to measure or make sure you’re cutting the correct size.
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pecan Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, (softened)
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 cup pecan halves, (crushed)
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, (divided)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- To a large mixing bowl or mixer, beat the butter with a handheld or counter mixer until it reaches a light, fluffy consistency.
- Add the brown sugar and granulated sugar, egg, vanilla extract, and pumpkin puree. Mix until thoroughly combined.
- To a separate mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice.
- Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients 1/4-1/2 cup at a time. Mix well.
- Using a spatula, fold in 2/3 cup of the chocolate chips and all of the crushed pecans. Fold gently to mix both through the batter.
- Using a 2-tablespoon scoop (melon scooper or cookie dough scoop), release the batter onto the baking sheets, making sure to keep each cookie 2 inches apart. Add 2-3 chocolate chips (of the remaining 1/3 cup) to each cookie, pushing each chip in slightly so it doesn't melt off while baking.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the tops are firm. They will feel slightly underdone in the center, but brown on the edges. The cookies will continue to cook a bit once out of the oven and resting. Transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool.