Your New Favorite Pumpkin Recipe: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

pumpkin chocolate chip cookies
© H. Garvey | Little Lake C​​| 2015

‘Tis the season for pumpkin everything! Once school starts, the temperature drops just a bit and we have a few grey days, I instantly crave pumpkin. To be honest, though, I cook with pumpkin all year round. This is one of the recipes that is so good I’ll make it at any time. Before you know it we’ll be sharing pumpkin patch round-ups and trick or treating information here on Little Lake County, so whip up a patch of these delicious cookies and get into the fall spirit.

Kroll's Harvest Pumpkin Farm, Waukegan

I hit the jackpot when I found this easy recipe on Pinterest. If you can make a batch of Nestle Tollhouse cookies, you can make these. It’s almost the same, just with the addition of pumpkin and pie spices. By the way, did you know that pumpkin is a superfood? It’s full of good stuff like fiber, potassium, vitamins C and E, magnesium, beta-carotene and carotenoids.

This recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod produces a cookie that has a softer, more bread-like texture than your average chocolate chip cookie. For a crispier, more-dunkable cookie try baking on your convection setting at 325 degrees for 14-16 minutes.

I’m not the only one with a hankering for pumpkin here at Little Lake County. Check out some of our other contributors’ favorite recipes for plenty of ideas to get you through pumpkin season.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars image from Girl and her Kitchen
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
image from Girl and her Kitchen

Over at her personal cooking blog, Girl and Her Kitchen, Heather shares a similar recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars that will save you the time of portioning out cookies.

Paul's Pumpkin Bars from image from
Paul’s Pumpkin Bars from
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Tracy says she isn’t a big fan of pumpkin. {So I don’t know if I can be friends with Tracy anymore.} But this traditional pumpkin bar recipe is her go-to fall dessert dish that everyone loves — whether they’re pumpkin fans or not.

Jennifer isn’t much of a baker, so she has a mom-hack for you. Grab a box of pumpkin bread or muffin mix at the grocery store. Her family loves Trader Joe’s easy boxed mix. There is nothing like the feeling you get walking into a home with the smell of freshly baked sweet breads wafting through the air, and a mix will do that for you, too.

Shelby's Tattered Recipe Card for Williams-Sonoma Dessert Squares
Shelby’s Tattered Recipe Card for Williams-Sonoma Dessert Squares

You know a recipe is a favorite when you still refer to the notecard a loved one wrote out years ago, or the scrap of paper you tore out of a magazine. Something about that original source carries sentiment or a sense of nostalgia for me, and I can’t bring myself to replace the original with a matching, new card that fits neatly in the recipe box. Shelby randomly grabbed this Pumpkin Dessert Squares recipe at a Williams-Sonoma Store 15 years ago, and has been baking with it ever since. Williams-Sonoma doesn’t even have it on its website! Someone else has taken the time to upload it to, so you can find detailed recipe notes there.

Check back for more delicious recipes and seasonally inspired eats! As autumn rolls in, what you cooking?

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About Holly Garvey 118 Articles
Stay-at-home mom who works! On again/off again work in family real estate business, babysitter, dog rescue and historical society volunteer all while chasing my new-found dream to be a writer.I live in Antioch with my husband, Jake, and kids, Cecilia (5) and Mark (3), and our dog Isabella. I'm an aspiring vegan (I cheat a lot), Jazzercise addict and runner. As a family, we love to travel and spend time outdoors. I love to go antique shopping and garage sale-ing, cook, and read in my (rare) free time.

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