Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

The months of October and November scream “PUMPKIN!” to me. I see those lovely round squashes everywhere at the grocery stores and in people’s homes, and am consequently constantly thinking about pumpkin pie and pumpkin pancakes…and now pumpkin COOKIES.

There was a time when I would have sneered at pumpkin and chocolate chips together. I’m not sure why, but to me, squash + chocolate seems to be edging into the dangerous possibility of defiling chocolate. As I prepared for a harvest party recently, however, I decided to dare to attempt the pairing and found out to my great surprise that I love it. 

Why have I been staying in my little safe-zone of “undefiled” plain chocolate chip cookies?! These are perfectly moist, healthier than regular cookies (all those vitamins in that pumpkin, dontchya know!) and somehow satisfy a craving that I didn’t even realize I had until I tasted one of these delicious morsels.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

*recipe adapted from Cait’s Plate


  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

I recommend using soft white wheat berries for best results in this recipe!


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Spray baking sheets with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, soda, salt and spices. Set aside.
  4. With an electric mixer, set on medium speed, cream together butter and sugars making sure to scrape the side of the bowl.
  5. Add the pumpkin, eggs and vanilla, beating well to blend.
  6. Slowly add the dry ingredients, beating well to blend. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. Using a tablespoon scoop, drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheets.
  8. Bake on the middle oven rack for about 18 minutes, until edges are lightly browned.
  9. Let cool on the baking sheets 5 minutes before transferring to racks to cool.

Parchment paper definitely works the best and makes for easy clean-up!


About mamachocolate

Johanna is the happy mother to two daughters and another little one due in August. She and her husband live out in the sticks of Oregon's Willamette Valley, where they raise sheep and chickens, and are striving to live a simply, deliberately, and enjoy the life that God has given them.

She blogs at Mama Chocolate, where you will find tips for eating healthy, living deliberately and occasional reviews and giveaways.

View My Blog: www.mamachocolateblog.com

This entry was posted in Recipes and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

10 Responses to Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Those look SO good! I never really “got” pumpkin chocolate chip either until I tried it this year- and now I’m completely obsessed!

  2. Kay M. says:

    Now those look REALLY GOOD!! I know my kids would eat these!

  3. YUM! Thanks for this awesome recipe, my hubby is going to LOVE this!

  4. Kristi S says:

    Chocolate and pumpkin.. what a wonderful combination! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  5. Sabrina R says:

    these look so delicious! Your recipes always look so great!!

  6. Mimi says:

    Not even kidding…I’m salivating!! Those sound and look delicious!! You have some great ideas for recipes and I’m on board for trying this one!

  7. Danielle H says:

    Those look delicious and would make a perfect kid friendly dessert for Thanksgiving!

  8. Amanda says:

    I seriously need to get one of those things to make my own flour! I love pumpkin cookies and am always up for a new recipe 🙂

  9. Ashley says:

    We made these today and I loved how they weren’t a sugar shock the chocolate chips were perfect balance, and I personally loved how the recipes used a whole can of pumpkin, not just a cup like so many do. These tasted great, and I loved using my home ground wheat! Thanks so much, glad to have found your site! 🙂

  10. friv 5 says:

    There is definately a lot to learn about this topic.
    I really like all the points you have made.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *