Soft and Comforting Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Servings: 24 cookies serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

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pumpkin oatmeal cookies

A good old fashioned oatmeal cookie is hard to find. The kind of oatmeal cookie that’s thick and soft and can fill you up. The kind of cookie that feels substantial and a little bit healthy.

That’s why I used to choose them at the university cafeteria —oatmeal raisin cookies were always bigger than the chocolate chip cookies, a better value for my student budget.

It had been ages since I’d had a cookie like that in fact I had forgotten all about them. I’m not sure I even had a recipe for them.

Then came along this recipe for Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies and just the look of them took me back.

pumpkin oatmeal cookies

The oatmeal raisin cookies that I recall eating didn’t have pumpkin in them but it makes a delicious addition. The pumpkin adds a great flavour dimension and as you can guess, pumpkin is a natural with the spice blend.

If you have premixed pumpkin pie spice on hand feel free to replace the spices called for in this recipe with your blend (a total of 3 1/2 tsp.). Also, I chose just to add chocolate chips and dried cranberries but you can add any mixture of extras that you’d like (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chopped dates, almonds or walnuts.)

pumpkin oatmeal cookies

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Slightly adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction

  • 2 cups + 2 Tbsp. flour, spooned in
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, rolled oats, baking soda, spices, and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk the melted butter with molasses, brown sugar, and white sugar. Whisk in the egg yolk then the pumpkin and vanilla. Mix until well combined.
  4. Add pumpkin mixture to bowl of dry ingredients and stir until combined. Stir in chocolate chips and cranberries. (You will have a thick, sticky dough.)
  5. Drop dough by the spoonful (2-3 Tbsp.) onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and spread it a bit with the back of the spoon.
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes or until cookies feel set in the centre.
  7. This is a soft cookie. If you’d like them a bit firmer bake them longer.

pumpkin oatmeal cookies

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11 thoughts on “Soft and Comforting Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

  1. BARB says:

    must try; love pumpkin; molasses and oatmeal.

    1. anne boudreau says:

      beautiful cookies made them today

  2. Donna Crozier says:

    Going to try these – made the ginger pumpkin ones and first time doubled the recipe and then I made them again all within 3 days at Thanksgiving, wonderful cookie. I belong to a Chapter TOPS(Take Off Pounds Sensibly) and all the members had a sample at our meeting last Wednesday; now sharing the recipe with them this week.

    1. Hi Donna, Great that the odd cookie treat suits your meal plan. I loved how these cookies can be filling as well as tasty.

  3. Irene Dacey says:

    I use your molasses in lots of things. Loved it for years.

  4. Darlene Barton says:

    Pumpkin and Molasses Cookies, made them today and they are some delicious. I put some cream cheese frosting on the top.. Yummy..

    1. Hi Darlene, Oh frosting, what a wonderful idea!

  5. Leona says:

    Hi, I order a cookbook and I still have not receive it ,I was wondering when I will receive it as I want to start baking before the holiday. I wanted the one that you mail, Thank you I will wait patiently.

  6. Judy says:

    I am looking forward to making this recipe but I am not a fan of chocolate, Could I substitute more cranberries instead? Thanks

    1. Hi Judy, Yes, you can substitute all sorts of things, from raising to different nuts and seeds. Enjoy.

  7. Sylvia Knight says:

    I too ordered a hard copy recipe book months ago and have not yet received it!

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