Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
These Vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are soft, gooey and so yummy! They have the best soft texture. These one bowl pumpkin cookies are the perfect fall dessert. They are easy to make, bursting with pumpkin flavor, and warmly spiced!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- These Vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are super easy to make.
- They require only one mixing bowl.
- There is no chilling of the dough.
- These plant based pumpkin cookies are fudge like and not cake like.
- They have a strong pumpkin flavor.
- These gluten free Vegan pumpkin cookies are made without applesauce and without eggs.
- The dark chocolate chips throughout add the perfect amount of chocolaty sweetness!
- This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, and Vegan.
- Check out these Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies for another fun fall dessert!
Ingredients & Substitutions
These are the main ingredients and substitutions for Vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Scroll down to the recipe card for the full recipe.
Coconut oil is a great Vegan baking fat. It takes the place of butter in these Vegan cookies. Use refined coconut oil for a neutral flavor. Unrefined coconut oil has a slight coconut flavor. Use room temperature coconut oil. It should be solid but not hardened. If not Vegan, room temperature butter works well.
Tightly packed brown sugar adds the sweetness. I have not tested this recipe with white sugar or coconut sugar.
The vanilla extract adds the signature cookie flavor.
Use pumpkin purée, not pumpkin pie filling.
The molasses adds such a depth of fall flavor! Maple syrup or honey (not Vegan) can be used in its place, but I really recommend molasses if you have it!
Gluten free 1 to 1 flour acts as the flour. I use King Arthur Flour gluten free 1 to 1 flour which replicates flour in taste, texture and consistency. If not gluten free, all purpose flour can be used.
The cinnamon adds the best fall flavor!
Baking soda is the leavening agent used to help these cookies rise.
Lastly, dark chocolate chips add the chocolate! I use Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips since they are gluten free and dairy free. Feel free to use mini chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, or even white chocolate chips.
Taste & Texture
These Vegan pumpkin cookies have the taste of a regular pumpkin cookie. They are warmly spiced, packed with dark chocolate chips and have a cookie flavor.
The texture is what sets these apart! Since pumpkin purée is similar to eggs in texture, many pumpkin cookies have a cake like texture. Cookies that use both eggs and pumpkin yield cake like dry results. These Vegan cookies obviously do not contain egg, so they are much more gooey and fudge like!
My other favorite Vegan cookies are these Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies!
How to Make
First, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl, beat coconut oil and brown sugar for 1 minute. Next, add in vanilla extract, pumpkin purée and molasses. Mix to combine.
Add in remaining ingredients except chocolate chips. Stir to combine.
Then, fold in chocolate chips.
Use cookie scoop or ice cream scoop to scoop dough into 1 ½ inch balls. Place balls of dough at least 2 inches apart on baking pan.
Bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes or until they are just barely done in the middle.
Finally, remove Vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookies from oven. Cool cookies on pan for 15 minutes before carefully transferring them to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
Expert Tips & Tricks
Use room temperature coconut oil. It should be solid, not runny or hardened.
Tightly pack brown sugar.
Use pumpkin purée, not pumpkin pie filling.
Cream coconut oil and brown sugar together completely.
These cookie do not spread much while baking.
Allow Vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookies to cool on pan for 15 minutes before moving to a cooling rack. Since these cookies are egg free, they are soft. Allowing them to cool helps bind them together.
How to Serve & Store
Serve Vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookies once they are almost completely cooled. They are soft baked!
Store cookies covered at room temperature for up to 4 days.
Store in fridge for up to 7 days.
These Vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookies can be frozen for up to 2 months.
Vegan Chocolate Chips
There are some great Vegan chocolate chips out there. Here are some of my favorites.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sure! Freeze for up to 2 months.
These cookies taste like cookies with a strong pumpkin flavor and plenty of chocolate chips.
No, you do not have to chill the dough.
Yes, this cookie dough is slightly thicker than normal cookie dough. This yields thick cookies!
These cookies do not spread much while baking.
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Get the Recipe: Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
- First, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
- In a stand mixer or large bowl, add coconut oil and brown sugar. Beat for 1 minute or until combined.
- Then, add in vanilla extract, pumpkin purée and molasses. Mix until combined.
- Add in remaining ingredients except chocolate chips. Stir until a thick dough is formed.
- Fold in dark chocolate chips.
- Scoop dough into 1 ½ inch balls. Place on lined baking pan at least 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are just barely set in the middle.
- Remove from oven. Allow cookies to cool on pan for 15 minutes. They are soft and fragile!
- Once cooled, carefully place cookies on cooling rack to finish cooling.
- Use pumpkin purée, not pumpkin pie filling.
- Very tightly pack brown sugar while measuring.
- Both gluten free 1 to 1 flour and all purpose flour work in this recipe. I used King Arthur Flour gluten free.
- The cookie dough will be slightly thicker than normal cookie dough.
- Bake cookies until they are just barely set in the middle. They will firm up a little bit while cooling on the baking pan.
- Allow cookies to cool for 15 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. They are soft and fragile!
- Store cookies covered at room temperature for up to 3 days. Store in fridge for up to 7 days.
- These cookies freeze well.
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