Fall is approaching! One of the biggest fall trends is pumpkin-flavored foods, and these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are super easy and delicious. These cookies are perfect for staying in on a cold I.V. night or a midnight snack while you’re cramming for an econ midterm. Cookies are also the perfect snack to eat in the library because they are very quiet and portable for easy eating. Sure, you can just buy a cookie from the Arbor, but then you might be asked if you’re registered to vote or signed up for CALPIRG. If you’re like me, you can eat the entire batch of cookies in the comfort of your own apartment without being judged by anybody else!

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½ cup of coconut oil or butter

¾ cup of brown sugar

1 large egg yolk

1 tsp of vanilla extract

4 tbsp of pumpkin puree (not the pumpkin pie filling)

1 ½ cups of all purpose flour

1 ½ tsp of baking powder

A sprinkle of salt

2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice

½ cup of chocolate chips (or a chopped-up chocolate bar!)



  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line your baking sheet with wax or parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the coconut oil or butter with your sugar until the mixture is a creamy consistency. Next, stir in your egg yolk, vanilla extract and pumpkin puree and combine well. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Once thoroughly combined, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and form your dough. Once the dough is formed, add in your chocolate chips until evenly distributed.
  4. Scoop your cookie dough onto your lined baking sheet, leaving about two inches between each scoop. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until a fork comes out of the middle cleanly. Allow the cookies to cool for 10 minutes before serving.


Once these cookies cool down, they are very soft and moist like little pumpkin pillows. The amount of pumpkin balances with the flavor of the chocolate, so these cookies are not overly sweet. You can store these cookies in an airtight container, and they will last in the fridge for about a week or in the freezer for two to three months (if there are any leftovers, that is, which isn’t very common in my apartment). Aside from eating them, the best part about making these cookies is that you’ll make the entire apartment or dorm kitchen smell like fall so your roommates will love you. As Kevin from “The Office” once said, “Nothing beats the cookie season, that’s the truth!” But when you make your own, cookie season is year-round!