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Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

One bowl and no butter or oil!  Boom! Somewhat healthy pumpkin oatmeal cookies, besides the copious amounts of sugar I added.  Yeah, yeah, yeah…whatever.  But you could totally swap out half of the sugar with a sugar substitute if you wanted to make these healthier.  This is a super easy, one bowl, no chilling required recipe.  I didn’t bring my egg or pumpkin to room temperature either and it all worked out just fine.

Did you know that you can substitute oil and eggs in recipes with pumpkin puree?  So with 2-1/2 large cans of pumpkin puree left (thanks Costco), you can bet I am doing a little kitchen experimenting over here.  I do like my “healthy-ish” recipes.  Pumpkin is good for you.  Oats are good for you. This recipe has whole wheat flour in it.  Just don’t think about everything else.  So “healthy-ish” pumpkin oatmeal cookies are what I created and they were goooooood.  Not overly pumpkin-y, but you could still taste the pumpkin.

I like a more subtle, balanced pumpkin flavor and I think I achieved it here!  And no butter or oil?  Nope…didn’t miss it.  I use a little gem called butter emulsion (or butter extract) in this cookie recipe.  It gives a butter flavoring in the same sense that you would use vanilla extract.  I have ordered mine off of Amazon, but they also sell it at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and my favorite independent bake supply shop here in town.  It’s fairly cheap and lasts awhile.  I tend to use it in my baking because I typically don’t like to use the normal amounts of butter most recipes call for.  Sometimes I feel like the butter can overtake a recipe and then you aren’t tasting the goodness of what the cookie should be about!


Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Print Recipe
Serves: 20 Cooking Time: 10-minutes


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup quick oats
  • 1 1/4 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon butter extract
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute (or one regular egg)
  • Sugar Topping:
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or more depending on how deep a spice flavor you prefer)



Preheat oven to 350-degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.


In a large mixing bowl, combine both flours, oats, both sugars, salt, baking soda, cornstarch, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Using a wooden spoon, stir until combined. Add egg substitute into the dry mixture and mix until it's somewhat incorporated. Next, add pumpkin puree and extracts to the mixture. Stir until everything is combined.


Prepare your sugar topping by putting a half cup white sugar and teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice in a small bowl and stir so it's combined.


Use a smallish cookie scoop to scoop balls of cookie dough. Roll cookie dough balls in the sugar spice mixture and then place on the prepared baking sheet.


Bake cookies one sheet at a time for 10-minutes depending on desired doneness. Let cool on the cookie sheet for 15-minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.


I baked my cookies for 7-minutes and they were slightly underdone, but they set up after cooling on the cookie sheet. They were soft and almost cookie dough like. I prefer my cookies underdone, soft and ooey-gooey. If you like cookies that are more done or with crispy edges, I suggest baking at least 10-minutes or longer.


Just look at all that sugary-spice goodness!


This dessert plate from Wilmax is PERFECT for a plateful of these cookies!  And of course I had to include their super cute coffee cup and saucer!!


What pumpkin recipe will I make next?  Copycat Starbucks pumpkin loaf cake is on my radar. Any pumpkin recipes y’all are wanting?  Leave me a comment!  And thanks for stopping by!



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  • Reply
    Ethan W
    October 13, 2016 at 3:43 AM

    Those cookies were the bomb! I had them in my lunch the past two days and they make me munch like no other!

    I really recommend this cookies! yum

  • Reply
    October 13, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    Awwwww Ethan thank you!! You are my biggest fan and always have the cutest things to say about my baking! Glad you have been enjoying these cookies in your lunch!!

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