November 16, 2012

Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Is everyone getting ready for their Thanksgiving celebrations? I can't wait! I'm sure some people think that Vegans have a rough time enjoying Thanksgiving, but honestly it's one of my favorite days of the year! I love getting up early and cooking a special Thanksgiving breakfast.

This year I'm going to be making my Pumpkin Maple Cinnamon Rolls, Country Style Hash Browns, Veggie Bacon, Melon Salad, and Orange Juice. I haven't decided exactly what I'm making for dinner yet, but I'm hoping to get at least a couple of more recipes up for you guys before Thanksgiving! Now - on to the cookies!

I know pumpkin and chocolate may seem like a strange combination to some, but trust me. These cookies are to die for. I've made a few pumpkin/chocolate desserts in the past and these are my absolute favorite creations! They're so soft and chewy - I know you're going to love them!

*Adapted from this Taste of Home recipe*

  • 1 cup vegan shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl - cream together the shortening, white sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the applesauce, vanilla, and pumpkin.

In a medium bowl - sift together the all purpose flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Stir in the quick cooking oats. Pour into the wet mixture in three stages to allow the wet ingredients to absorb the dry ingredients. Once everything is well combined - fold in the chocolate chips.

Drop the dough by the spoonful on a greased cookie sheet. Press the balls down slightly with the bottom of the spoon. Bake at 325 degrees F for 12-13 minutes until the cookies are lightly browned. Allow to cool on wire racks before serving.


  1. Matthew, thank you so much! I just love your recipes.

  2. I am so going to make them today! I can't wait! I just made my own home-made pumpkin puréé & these cookies look like real winners too!

    1. Thanks so much Sophie! I hope you like them!! Making your own pumpkin puree is so easy isn't it?

  3. Thanks for sharing your recipe! The applesauce in the ingredient list is missing a measurement. I found the cookies to be tasty, but my dough was a little wet-- I added more oats and flour. Thanks!

    1. Thanks for correcting me! I've added the was supposed to say "cup"!

  4. made these last night as bars instead of cookies... yum!! today, cookies that i mailed off for a little guy's birthday. didn't have applesauce... so just used a little extra pumpkin. next up.... subbing oat flour for wheat --> gluten free! thanks so much for this wonderful recipe. just posted link in home bakers of TX group where i'd asked for suggestions on packing cookies to ship. (these are so worth shipping!) -- Suz :D

    1. Thanks so much Suz! Baking these as bars is a great idea! I'll have to try that next time I make these!!