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.
I originally made this recipe when I was on the search for a low-fat dessert that would satisfy my sweet tooth.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.
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.
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.
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.
More Delightful Pumpkin Recipes
If you love pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, you’ll love these other fall dessert recipes:
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread has everything you love about this cookie recipe, in a hefty loaf shape perfect for slicing and toasting.
- Pumpkin Sour Cream Streusel Coffee Cake has a decadent crumble on top of a tangy and soft coffee cake that’s always a hit at potlucks.
- Halloween Pumpkin Brownies are complete with a spooky black and orange topping for trick-or-treaters.
- Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies are a caky, decadent twist on your classic pumpkin cookie recipe.
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins so you can start your mornings on the right foot this autumn.
- Overnight Pumpkin Monkey Bread with Maple Icing is the ideal brunch recipe to feed a hungry crowd.
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars are creamy on top with a moist, cakey layer on the bottom.
- Whole Wheat Pumpkin Yeast Waffles are crisp on the outside with a soft and sweet interior.
- Pumpkin Creme Brulee puts a spin on the classic custard dessert with fall flavors.
- Pumpkin Cinnamon Bread is a recipe for individual quick breads studded with cinnamon chips and a creamy glaze.
- Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Donuts from Jocelyn at Inside Bru Crew are the sweet treats for when you want to go all-out with pumpkin and chocolate in one dessert!
Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 box spice or carrot cake mix dry
- 1 can 15-ounces pumpkin purée
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together the cake mix and pumpkin just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Using a small cookie scoop, drop rounded scoops of the batter onto the prepared baking sheet.
- 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.
My family and I have enjoyed many of the recipes from your website, especially this one. Could you tell me how many ounces are in the cake mix that you use? When looking at the cake mixes in the store recently, I noticed that the ounces varied between different brands of cake mixes.
Thank you. Christine Jones
Do you really know the exact weight watcher points per cookie. ?
Hi Marie – on this post https://thepounddropper.com/cake-mix-pumpkin-chocolate-chip-cookies/ she gives a link to WW where you can enter the ingredients and get exact points.
Hello, I just found this recipe and had my doubts but I added walnuts & chocolate chips and they are wonderful. I like the fact that they are only 4 points on WW for 3 cookies. I had six today. thank you for the recipe
Thanks Patsy – walnuts sound like a great addition.
I made some the other day, first time. They were great. only so guey it took two days to dry out to where you could pick them up. I baked 13 minutes,
Do you think 14 or 15 minutes would be ok a nd not over bake ?
Hi Morgan – I’ve never had them gooey. Did you use the smaller 15 ounce can of pumpkin, not the large can? Perhaps don’t use all of the can next time. I don’t think an extra minute or two will make that much difference.
Hi, I can’t seem to find the nutrional value for these cookies? Thanks.
Hi Mia – I’m slowly updating my recipes with the nutritional information. Please feel free to ask if it’s not available yet, and I’m happy to update the post. Enjoy!
hi I live in Utah and we can find cinnamon chips so I add the cinnamon chips with the chocolate chips. This is one of my favorite recipes. Thank you for posting.
It sounds like a great addition. Thanks for sharing Deb!
Recently made these after getting the recipe from a family member.
Delicious! Couldn’t be easier to bake!
Only concern is not having too many! Especially @ 92/per cookie!
Have to look @ sugar content as that is also a concern…
Everyone who tried them, loved them!
JC, New York
Thanks Janet – glad they were a hit!
Made these today with a chocolate cake mix and perhaps too many chocolate chips and they were DELICIOUS! Thanks!
Thanks Jordan – you can’t go wrong with extra chocolate chips.
Jersey Girl Cooks
You had me at easy! Looks delicious!
Isn’t these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies lovely? They are marvelous and it’s easy to make! I should give this a try 🙂
THE HUNGRY MUM
what a great cookie – combining two of my fav flavs. #want
These look absolutely adorable! What a fun way to make seasonal cookies, I will definitely be trying these this weekend!
Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction
I made pumpkin puree from a 17 lb pumpkin and I need easy recipes to use most of it up. I’m going to try these for Thanksgiving. Pinned.
Am I understanding the recipe, you mix the three ingredients together and scoop? That’s it!?
Hi Lori – Yes, just mix and scoop. I updated the recipe. Thanks!
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
Hehe mum you made me laugh when you said, “The cookies are only 92 calories, and it would have been a good choice if I hadn’t eaten so many.” That’s the sort of thing that I do all the time! 😛 xxx
I wish I could taste one right now! They look delicious.
What other kinds of cake mixes has she used?
My roommates make these all the time. And you can substitute whatever kind of cake mix you want. They are pretty darn good.