Kara’s Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft, fluffy pumpkin cookies, full of pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips.  The perfect pumpkin cookie that everyone LOVES.  These cookies are easy to make and no chilling is required.  You are just minutes away from the delicious smell of pumpkin cookies baking in the oven…what are you waiting for?!  

This is a top secret recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.  And it’s not my recipe.  As you might have figured out by the name, this recipe comes from Kara.  I begged and begged (and begged) my friend Kara to divulge her Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe to me, because they are seriously the best.  Kara makes these cookies all the time for us at work and they quickly disappear.  One of the guys we work with, has even declared these cookies the only pumpkin cookie he likes.  And trust me, I tried to make my own version of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, but they just didn’t compare.

So after years of asking, and me being annoying, Kara finally caved and gave me her top secret Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.  And as soon as Kara gave the recipe to me, and I had it in my hot little hands, I said, “You know I have to put this on the blog right?!”  Kara stopped and just looked at me, and then I looked at her with pleading eyes.  Luckily, I can be very convincing and Kara agreed to let me share her recipe here with you!

Kara's Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Print Recipe
Serves: 30 Cooking Time: 15-minutes


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.



Preheat oven to 375-degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.


In the bowl of your stand mixer, affixed with the paddle attachment, cream the butter until pale and glossy. Add the sugar and cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy, on medium-high speed. Add the pumpkin to the mixture and mix until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Mix in the egg and vanilla extract.


Change the mixer speed to low and slowly add in the pumpkin pie spice, salt, baking soda, baking powder and flour. Mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.


Use a small cookie scoop to scoop cookie dough balls out onto prepared cookie sheet. Leave a few inches in between cookies to allow for spreading. Bake cookies in 375-degree oven for 15-minutes. Let baked cookies set on the cookie sheet for several minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.


Store cookies in an air tight container at room temperature. Cookies stay soft and fresh for several days.

I hope you guys make these cookies!  They are so easy to make and so pumpkin-y good!  The perfect cookie for Fall!  Do you like pumpkin cookies?  What’s your favorite Fall cookie?  Leave me a comment below!



PS- Thank you Kara G for giving me your recipe and letting me share it on the blog!! XOXO 🙂

This recipe has been linked up at the following link parties: Meal Plan Monday, Pretty Pintastic Party, The Pin Junkie, Sugar and Spice.

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  • Reply
    Ashika | Gardening Foodie
    October 5, 2017 at 3:25 AM

    😁I don’t know who I love more right now, you or Kara…Kara for giving her prize recipe to you, or you for annoying the daylights out of her to part with her recipe. I actually want to run to the grocery store to get these ingredients so that I can bake this right now. It looks soooo delicious.
    So thank you Kelly…for getting this recipe and thank you Kara for sharing!!!🙂

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      October 6, 2017 at 6:25 AM

      Thanks Ashika!! I am so happy Kara was kind enough to give me her secret recipe to share! I hope you make these! Have a great weekend! XOXO 🙂

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    October 5, 2017 at 4:41 AM

    This recipe begs the question…why are we not all eating these at all times? Perfect texture. Bless you, Kara! <3

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      October 6, 2017 at 6:26 AM

      I agree Jessie! Pumpkin cookies should be a year round thing! Especially when they are these yummy pumpkin cookies 🙂 Have a great weekend! XOXO

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    Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    October 5, 2017 at 7:38 AM

    These look PERFECT! Thank you, Kara, for letting Kelly share these beauties with us! I can’t wait to bake some cookies this weekend 🙂

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      October 6, 2017 at 6:27 AM

      Thanks Kelsie! If you make these, you have to let me know what ya think 🙂 Have a great weekend! XOXO

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    October 5, 2017 at 9:38 AM

    These look awesomely wonderful and right on time for the season! I have never known you to be annoying so I’m sure Kara shared her recipe because she loves you 🙂 which we’re all thankful for 🙂

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      October 6, 2017 at 6:28 AM

      Thanks momma!! Heheheh…yes maybe I am more persuasive than annoying but my girl Kara loves me 🙂 I need to make these cookies for you guys next time I see you 🙂 Love you!!

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    October 5, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Wow, you are brave asking to put such a secret recipe on your blog! Thank you for sharing this recipe and thanks to Kara too. I can’t wait to try these cookies. If they are as good as you are saying they are I have to have this pumpkin cookie recipe in my arsenal.

    • Reply
      October 6, 2017 at 6:31 AM

      Thanks Amy! Yes I definitely was holding my breath after asking Kara if I could put it on my blog….I thought she was going to say no. Everyone always asks her for the recipe, but she doesn’t give it out. And then finally she gives it to me and I want to put it on the blog for everyone hahaha. But Kara was excited to see her recipe on the blog. She’s a good friend 🙂 Have a great weekend! XOXO

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    Amy (Savory Moments)
    October 5, 2017 at 5:55 PM

    I adore pumpkin cookies and these look delicious!

    • Reply
      October 6, 2017 at 6:36 AM

      Thank you Amy! XOXO 🙂

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    Kim Lange | The Baking ChocolaTess
    October 5, 2017 at 6:24 PM

    Yum! These look like the best pumpkin cookies ever!! 😀 Tell Kara thank you! Can’t wait to try!!

    • Reply
      October 6, 2017 at 6:36 AM

      Thanks Kim! I will tell her! She was excited to see the post 🙂 Have a great weekend! XOXO

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    October 6, 2017 at 5:03 AM

    These cookies look so good!! Pumpkinny and with the perfect balance of chocolate chips! Thanks to you and Kara! This will probably be the first and last pumpkin cookie I taste!

    • Reply
      October 6, 2017 at 6:37 AM

      Thanks Deepika! If you make them, you will have to let us know what you think 🙂 Have a great weekend darling 🙂 XOXO

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    Maria Doss
    October 8, 2017 at 7:56 AM

    Thank you Kara for the recipe. The shiny tops looks so perfect and I bet they are perfect inside as well. It was very sweet of her to share this prized recipe and you Kelly for your effort in sharing these:) Have a great weekend dear.

    • Reply
      October 9, 2017 at 12:52 PM

      Thank you Maria! And I agree that Kara was beyond sweet to share her recipe with me 🙂 Have a great week dear! XOXO

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    Katherine | Love In My Oven
    October 8, 2017 at 7:03 PM

    I love pumpkin cookies, and these ones look sooo soft!! I can just imagine how delicious they are. So happy your friend decided to share her secrets 😉

    • Reply
      October 9, 2017 at 12:53 PM

      Thanks Katherine! They are amazing cookies 🙂 Glad Kara is letting me share them with everyone! XOXO

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    Supriya Kuttty
    October 9, 2017 at 1:43 AM

    Thank you so much for sharing this super delicious recipe with all of us. The texture of these cookies are just so perfect dear. Can’t wait to try my hand on these. Loved it completely. Looking forward to more recipe like this. Best wishes and Regards.

    • Reply
      October 9, 2017 at 12:54 PM

      Thank you! You will have to let me know what you think if you make these 🙂 XOXO

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    Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness
    October 9, 2017 at 10:07 AM

    I love making pumpkin cookies. Yours looks so soft and perfect for fall!

    • Reply
      October 9, 2017 at 1:01 PM

      Thank you Cathleen!! These are definitely yummy!

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    ElsaRblog (@ElsaRblog)
    October 9, 2017 at 10:28 PM

    Hmmm should be a delight

    • Reply
      October 10, 2017 at 6:19 AM

      Thanks! They are the best! XOXO 🙂

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    October 11, 2017 at 2:53 AM

    oh god these look supper yummy!

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      October 11, 2017 at 6:35 AM

      Thank you! You should definitely try them 🙂 XOXO

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    October 16, 2017 at 3:37 AM

    I’ve just had pumpkin week on my blog so I’m all about the pumpkin recipes at the minute! These cookies look delicious!
    Lianne | Makes, Bakes and Decor

    • Reply
      October 17, 2017 at 6:30 AM

      Thank you! They really are super yummy! Thanks for featuring on Creative Link Party! XOXO

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    Marie,Paint It White
    October 16, 2017 at 12:23 PM

    They look scrumptious !!! Thanks for the recipe Kelly.

    • Reply
      October 17, 2017 at 6:34 AM

      Thanks Marie!! XOXO 🙂

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