Giant Salted Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Giant Salted Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies are perfect for Fall! They’re chewy, chocolatey, and filled with the most perfect pumpkin flavor!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

I have been trying to perfect what I think is the best pumpkin cookie for a while now and I think I’ve done it!  These cookies are a little more buttery crisp than fluffy pillow-y. This recipe turned out just how I wanted it to…and I made them giant size which is always more fun. I also added some fleur de sel salt to the tops which is fabulous to me, however if salted cookies are not your thing then by all means leave it off. They are great either way.

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ingredients for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

What You’ll Need

  • butter– I generally use salted butter for my cooking and baking. Unsalted works fine as well.
  • granulated sugar– This fine sugar adds the sweetness.
  • light brown sugar– Light brown sugar also adds to the sweetness of the cookies.
  • molasses– Find molasses in the baking section of the grocery store. Adds a lovely layer of Fall flavors to the cookies.
  • pumpkin puree– Make sure you get pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling. Find in the baking section of the grocery store.
  • large egg– For consistency, I use large eggs for my cooking and baking.
  • pure vanilla extract– For best tasting results use pure vanilla for your baking.
  • all-purpose flour– The main dry ingredient for cookies.
  • kosher salt– Kosher salt is a coarse salt commonly used in cooking and baking. I prefer it over table salt.
  • baking soda– Baking soda helps the cookies rise during baking.
  • chocolate chunks- Find chocolate chunks in the baking section of the grocery store. You can substitute regular chocolate chips as well.
  • fleur de sel salt if desired- A light salt that goes nicely on top of cookies when used lightly.

How To Make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a baking sheet with a silpat liner or parchment paper.
  2. Place butter and sugars into stand mixer, beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add molasses, pumpkin, egg and vanilla, beating until well combined. Add flour, salt and baking soda, mixing to combine then add in chocolate chunks. Using a large scoop (I used my ice cream scoop, holds about 1/4 cuscoop dough onto prepared baking sheet. Flatten cookies with hands then sprinkle lightly with salt if desired.
  3. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until baked through. Please keep in mind if you bake smaller cookies cooking time will be much less. Bake accordingly to size. Let cool for 10 minutes on baking sheet then transfer to cooling rack.

adding dry ingredients to stand mixer

Had my sweet boys helping in the kitchen for these cookies 🙂  I’m keeping these old photos here of my boys from 2012, they’re so big now!

cookie ingredients in stand mixer

Take a break and crack up with your brother. Brady is now 17 years old, and Mason 20 years old. Can’t get over these!

preparing pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Either cracking up at each other or fighting like crazy animals, lol! I prefer this.

pumpkin chocolate chip cookie dough in mixer

Add chocolate chunks and gently stir. This dough is a dream. No joke!

pumpkin chocolate chip cookies on napkin

How To Serve

Serve pumpkin cookies room temperature for any of your upcoming Fall parties/gatherings.

Leftovers

Store any leftover cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Can The Cookie Dough Be Frozen?

Yes, freeze cookie dough in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Be sure to thaw cookie dough to room temperature before preparing.

Giant Salted Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Giant Salted Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies are perfect for Fall! They're chewy, chocolatey, and filled with the most perfect pumpkin flavor!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 14 mins
Total Time 24 mins
Servings: 6 large cookies
Calories: 288kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $15
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Equipment

  • Oven
  • parchment paper or silpat liner
  • baking sheet
  • mixing bowl or stand mixer
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • cookie scoop

Ingredients

  • 1 stick/8 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose Gold Medal Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • one 10 ounce bag chocolate chunks or 2 cups
  • A few pinches Fleur de sel salt or sea salt for sprinkling on top of cookies

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with a silpat liner or parchment paper.
  • Place butter and sugars into stand mixer, beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add molasses, pumpkin, egg and vanilla, beating until well combined. Add flour, salt and baking soda, mixing to combine then add in chocolate chunks. Using a large scoop (I used my ice cream scoop, holds about 1/4 cuscoop dough onto prepared baking sheet. Flatten cookies with hands then sprinkle lightly with salt if desired.
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes or until baked through. Please keep in mind if you bake smaller cookies cooking time will be much less. Bake accordingly to size. Let cool for 10 minutes on baking sheet then transfer to cooling rack.

Nutrition

Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 306mg | Potassium: 208mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 3217IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg
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photo collage of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

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53 Responses
  1. LARicky

    Happy Be-Lated Birthday!

    Thanks for this!

    I couldn’t resist last night. I have my usual crew coming over for our weekly TV-watching night tonight and decided that these would be a perfect treat to have on hand! (Plus, my house was cold and I wanted an excuse to turn the oven on, lol!). I had so much fun baking these last night and they turned out great!! I made a double-batch and made them smaller (so I could bring them in to work today), which gave me 36 cookies! I also added pumpkin pie spice to give them that pumpkin-pie-taste. Everyone at work has been devouring them! A yummy success!

  2. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen

    I also think I prefer this type of pumpkin cookie over the cakey ones. I gotta get me some Silpats…You pic just reminded me…

  3. Anne

    In the giant salted pumpkin chocolate chunk cookie recipe, the first ingredient is the unsalted butter, followed by salted; should this read softened?

    Can’t wait to try this recipe!

    Anne

  4. Kimberli

    Happy Birthday to you!! I have to say, I’m leery of the pumpkin and chocolate combo but these cookies look insanely delicious, so I’m going to trust you and try them this week! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Becky @ lovetobeinthekitchen

    Mmm! This looks amazing as always! I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing so many yummy recipes with us!

  6. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    I love cookies as big as my hand! ๐Ÿ™‚ I always wonder how to get pumpkin cookies a little chewier, too–this molasses is a wonderful idea. Happy Birthday, too!

  7. Cassie | Bake Your Day

    Molasses is a brilliant ingredient in these. I bet they are so perfectly rich. Love all that salt too! Happy birthday, Jenny!

  8. Megan

    These look delicious! I just spent my lunch hour reading over your cookbook. It has lots of great ideas, and I can’t wait to try many of the recipes. Thanks so much for sharing this one too! Megan

  9. Crystal @ Crystal's Cozy Kitchen

    Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies remind me of my grandfather – he would love these (and so would my mom)!
    oh and Happy Birthday!

  10. Sarah

    I just made these and the flavor is great. Mine were still cake like and fluffy though– what did I do wrong?? Looking for something more chewy. I did make them smaller than the giant size.

  11. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

    Well,I know this is amazing…cuz ALL your cookie recipes are amazing! I loved those no bake chocolate cookie dough ones you have on your site….

  12. Rachel@Time for Good Food

    Yum! I love pumpkin and chocolate together. I wonder how sorghum syrup might work in lieu of molasses (for a touch of Southern). Will definitely have to try! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Emily Childers

    What kind of a cookie sheet is that or liner? Does it really work good, better than parchment paper?

    Cookies look wonderful

  14. danielle

    I have nit tried molasses in pumpkin cookies. I will have to. I’ve got a recipe from a friend that reminds me of a pumpkin-y toll houseish cookie, but buttery sounds good to me.

  15. Stephanie

    So glad to see more of a traditional cookie using this combo. I’m not a fan of cake-y cookies so, finally, I can enjoy baking, but more importantly, eating, a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie.

  16. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure and Health

    what a great way to bake this amazing cookies with two little boys. I loved the idea of adding sea salt- i love the combo of chocolate with sea salt ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Katie

    Happy Birthday! I have also been looking for a pumpkin cookies that is not quite so fluffy and soft, I cant wait to try these!

  18. Cookbook Queen

    Buttery crispy sounds PERFECT this morning. Love your two silly kiddos in the kitchen…can’t wait for the baby sidekick to join in!!

  19. Villy @ For the love of Feeding

    I cooked and baked 2 recipes from your book yesterday and we were SO happy in the house! So, I decided I trust you no matter what. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Enjoy your day!

  20. Deirdre

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I adore your blog and have been a loyal fan for about 2 years. Congratulations on the success of your cookbook and your beautiful family. XO

  21. Breanna S

    This is probably the most yummy recipe I have seen this season. I can’t wait to give it a try. I am all for anything with pumpkin.

  22. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    “I have been trying to perfect what I think is the best pumpkin cookie for a while now and by golly I think Iโ€™ve done it” <— YES, you DID do it!

    They look amazing! About 2 months ago, I must have made about 10 batches of pumpkin-chocolate chip cookies in an effort to nail it. Where was this post when I was trying ๐Ÿ™‚ Seriously, they look soooo good and I think the giant cookie size helps with the sticky/tacky pumpkin batter situation. I should have done that ๐Ÿ™‚

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