Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies come together in a flash. This one-bowl, three-ingredient recipe makes the perfect low-fat snack or healthier dessert, thanks to a cake mix shortcut. 

white bowl of easy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies for halloween

I originally made this recipe when I was on the search for a low-fat dessert that would satisfy my sweet tooth. It’s adapted from a Weight Watchers recipe, but it’s every bit as delicious as any pumpkin cookie I’ve made before. And it’s incredibly easy to make, thanks to a shortcut from cake mix. 

Update: This has been a go-to shortcut recipe on our site since 2008! I’ve updated the post and images with more helpful tips so you can enjoy healthier pumpkin cake mix cookies this fall. 

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How to Make Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies 

These pumpkin cookies are only 92 calories each. Every time I make the recipe, my family devours the cookies––no one seems to miss the fat!

Because this is a cake mix cookie recipe, each bite is soft and cakey with a sprinkling of chocolate chips throughout. It’s a one-bowl recipe, so all you need to do is mix together cake mix, pumpkin purée, and your favorite chocolate chips. 

You could just as easily use white chocolate, cinnamon or salted caramel chips if you like. 

baked pumpkin chocoalte chip cookies on a baking sheet with parchment papper

The batter is moister than typical cookie dough, so I like to use a scoop to drop it on to baking sheets.

The cookies don’t flatten as they bake, so the scoop gives the cookies a pretty shape.

ingredients and baking steps to make pumpkin chocoalte chip cookies with cake mix

Best Cake Mix for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve had great success making these cookies with both spice cake mix and carrot cake mix. If you can’t find one of those, yellow cake would also work. You can always add a dash of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon to boost the fall flavors.

Storing Pumpkin Cookies

Although it’s hard not to devour the whole batch as soon as they come out of the oven, I actually find that these cookies, like most quick breads, taste even better the next day. They store well in an airtight container right on the kitchen counter. 

You can also freeze the cookies for up to three months. Simply let them come to room temperature on the counter before serving. 

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More Delightful Pumpkin Recipes

If you love pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, you’ll love these other fall dessert recipes:

easy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies in a white serving bowl
Yield: 3 Dozen Cookies

Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes

These Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies come together in a flash. An easy-to-make 3 ingredient, low-fat pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe.


  • 1 box spice or carrot cake mix, dry
  • 1 can (15-ounces) pumpkin purée
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the cake mix and pumpkin just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Using a small cookie scoop, drop rounded scoops of the batter onto the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 12 minutes, until the edges and center are set, but still soft in the center. Remove the cookies to a wire rack to cool.
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