Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

I’m betting that many of you have felt my adoration for fall in my recent posts and I am also guessing that many of you feel the same way. I mean really, what’s not to love about fall baking? If you are not as pumped about fall baking as I am, these incredible Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies will make you a fall baking lover in no time.

Using canned pumpkin excites me the most about fall baking, so you can imagine my utter dismay when I learned that there is possibly another pumpkin shortage this year.

Luckily I am randomly frugal and picked up a stockpile of canned pumpkin that was on sale last year after Thanksgiving. Yes, I said randomly frugal, meaning I have no qualms about shelling out the big bucks for fabulous boots and bags, but I clip coupons and refuse to pay over a dollar for toothpaste or shaving cream. Random, right?

After hearing of people hawking canned pumpkin on EBay, I decided to do a little research. Turns out, Libby is certain that there will be an ample supply of pumpkin puree this holiday season. Crisis averted…we can all take a deep breath, quit trolling EBay for pumpkin bargains and get into the kitchen to get our pumpkin oatmeal cookies on!

PUMPKIN SHORTAGE UPDATE 9/17/10: After quite a few comments and reader emails regarding the aforementioned pumpkin shortage, I decided to call Nestle {Libby Pumpkin} to get the details. I was informed that although crop volume is less than desirable due to weather conditions, they are hopeful that the supply will meet the demand. They informed me that Libby Pumpkin will be hitting the shelves at your local super markets as soon as the last week in September.

This Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie recipe is simple and really packs some amazing pumpkin flavor. The addition of the white chocolate chips and dried cherries adds a depth of flavor and texture to an already stellar pumpkin oatmeal cookie. These are perfect in all the ways an oatmeal cookie should be; they’re moist, chewy, and full of flavor from the aromatic autumnal spices. In fact, my boss, Mike emailed me about these cookies stating, “These are quite possibly the best cookies…ever.” If you give these Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies a try, definitely stop back and let us know if you love them as much as we do! Have a fabulous day and thanks so much for reading.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: 48 cookies


2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter; softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup pure pumpkin puree
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup dried cherries; roughly chopped


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line your baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.

2. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt in medium bowl. Beat butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until light and fluffy.

3. Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract; mix well. Add flour mixture; combine until all ingredients are incorporated. Fold in white chocolate chips and dried cherries.

4. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets.

5. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.


- Cookies store well in an airtight container for up to three days.
- Get creative! Add in whatever strikes your fancy, I can imagine a variety of chocolates, nuts, and dried fruits will really make the flavors and textures of this cook truly amazing.

157 Responses to “Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies”

  1. naomi — September 20, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing all the Libby info. I love this pumpkin anything and pumpkin paired with cranberries and white chocolate chip-wow!!!


  2. Molly — September 20, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Made these yesterday!! They are wonderful, although I modified it a little. I didn’t use the white chocolate chips and I used dried cranberries instead!! Excellent combination. Very moist, everyone loved them!!


  3. Amanda — September 20, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    These cookies look so pretty and I bet they taste amazing. I love anything pumpkin flavored. The addition of dried cherries sounds delicious!


  4. Laura — September 21, 2010 at 8:10 am

    So glad that the pumpkin shortage won’t keep us all from getting a taste of a fall staple! I cannot wait to try these cookies – I’ve used pumpkin in a lot of ways but never successfully in cookie so I have high hopes for this one!


  5. Vlad — September 21, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    good cookie recepy, gotta try it soon :)
    <3 pumpkin. Does it taste like pumkin pie oatmeal?:)


  6. Barbara Bakes — September 21, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    These sound like a must try. Most pumpkin cookies are not chewy. If you don’t mind, I may include a version of these in my 12 weeks of Christmas cookies posts.


  7. Monica — September 21, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    These sound amazing, and so perfect for fall! I must try these cookies, and soon!


  8. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — September 22, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    You’re boss, Mike, is a really smart man! I finally made these last night….they’re amazing! Not only are they an ideal fall cookie, they’re the best cookies I’ve tasted in quite a while!


  9. Patty — September 22, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    This are great………I had everything, but the cherries. Made them anyway, delish! As I just had two. Mine turn out sort of cake like and even better the day after. Also, really good crumbled up in your morning oatmeal!


  10. Maranda — September 23, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Okay. I’m off to find pumpkin so I can make these cookies as soon as possible! Thanks for sharing!


  11. Vlad — September 24, 2010 at 8:59 am

    have just baked a batch of these yummies. Thank you very much for the recepy! Really tastes like fall :)


  12. Kerry — September 25, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    i made these cookies last night and oh my gosh they were a hit! i only have a few left!! my friends loved them all wanted the recipe. when i made it i subsituted 1 of the cups of flour with wheat flour and instead of granulated sugar i used splenda. I also added some mini semi sweet chocolate chips


  13. Michelle — September 27, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    These look really great! I’m not a huge fan of white chocolate chips though. Do you think these would taste good with butterscotch chips added, too?


    • Michelle — October 18, 2010 at 12:35 am

      I just made these and did half with white chips, half with butterscotch chips. Like I said, I don’t usually like white chocolate chips, but both batches turned out really, really good! Pumpkin cookies tend to be really cakey, but the consistency of these is more cookie-like. They’re so good! I can’t tell which chip version I like best. Thanks so much for this recipe!

  14. Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer — September 29, 2010 at 11:46 am

    I made these last friday for a open house- HUGE HIT! I used dried cranberries, white chocolate chips and carmelized pecans bits….people where fighting over the last few!


  15. allison — September 29, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    i have these in my oven right now and my house smells amazing! i used dried cranberries instead of cherries for more of an autumn flavor, and i may or may not have given myself a tummy ache while sampling the cookie dough. :) i’m sending these to work with my husband tomorrow – boy are his co-workers lucky! :)


  16. CookiePie — September 30, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Wow – those look fantastic! Oatmeal and pumpkin, 2 of my favorite things! Must try these…


  17. JenG — September 30, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    I tried this recipe this weekend… these cookies are DIVINE. Thanks so much for sharing this. These are my new favorite cookies!!


  18. TheHealthyapron — October 1, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Can’t wait to try this recipe!


  19. Kim — October 3, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    OMG! I JUST made these… batter tasted fantastic… watched over the oven like a hawk to try them fresh out of the oven – and OMG me and my fiance’ just closed our eyes and enjoyed ever bite! Thanks for the share, this is definitely my new fall cookie! …p.s. I used cranberry instead of cherry though

    hugs! Kim @ Frost Me!


  20. Jessie — October 7, 2010 at 2:17 am

    Just made a slightly modified version of these and OOOOO MMMMMMMM GGGGGGGGGGG! Thank you for this glorious recipe!!


  21. Elizabeth G. — October 8, 2010 at 8:55 am

    I made these last night – they are delicious! They are so soft and flavorful. Thanks for sharing!


  22. hgereau — October 9, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    I made these the other day and they were incredible. The pumpkin flavor was delicious and even though pumpkin cookies usually come out cake-like, these were crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside the night I made them. However, as they cooled they did become more cake-like and actually started falling apart when they were picked up. Should I add another egg next time? What do you think?


  23. Kori — October 9, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Made these cookies today and they turned out great! Super chewy (even stick together a bit in the container), but the fall flavors are delightful! Thanks for sharing your recipe!


  24. Emily (The Culinary Couple) — October 11, 2010 at 11:08 am

    You weren’t kidding — these are the best cookies I’ve baked in recent memory! Thanks so much for sharing.


  25. Lexie — October 11, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Made these cookies over the weekend and they are getting rave reviews! Thanks for the great recipe.


  26. Abby — October 11, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Your boss was right…quite possibly the best cookies EVER! Wow. I am usually not big on spice cookies (or really anything other than chocolate in my sweets), but these are to die for. Two thumbs up! I substituted Craisins for the cherries, and I added slivered almonds because I had some on had. The almonds gave it a nice crunch.


  27. TinyMD — October 11, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    I doubled the pumpkin and halved the butter for a (slightly) healthier and even more pumpkin-ey cookie. Delicious!!


  28. Whitney — October 12, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    My family made these cookies and we loved the taste! We did fee that they were a bit thin/flat even with the chips and cherries. Next time we will add more oats and/or flour to make them heartier and a little more toothsome. Thanks for a great recipe!


  29. Jennifer — October 13, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    I made these over the weekend and my entire family loved them. My kids hate raisins and craisins so I wasn’t sure if they would go for dried cherries. Inexplicably, they loved them! 16 year old son said the white chocolate chips made them. I think the oatmeal made them. Delish.


  30. Sue — October 14, 2010 at 11:09 am

    These cookies look great, especially with the oatmeal ! I bought a “boat load” of pumpkin when it finally arrived on the shelves a few weeks ago:) So happy! Hooray for all things pumpkin!

    I had watched a video about the shortage on the Libby’s website awhile ago. I actually had quite a few cans stored from last year, but our Vet told us to put our black lab on a diet and supplement her food with pumpkin, so we had exhausted our supply (so happy to have it replenished). Our lab is now looking good and doesn’t need anymore pumpkin, but she sure loved it!


  31. SwtCin — October 16, 2010 at 1:31 am

    These have fast become one of my favorite cookies to make, and eat! Even my dad, who is a die-hard lover of his aunt’s oatmeal cookies keeps asking me when am I going to make them again! I made them the first time, just like the recipe posted, but them I started to experiment… Dried chopped apricots, pecans, sans any type of “chocolate chips”…. yuummy… Love our blog! Thank you for so many great recipes and ideas!!


  32. Miranda — October 21, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    I made this cookies tonight and followed the recipe exactly. DELICIOUS. I’m blown away at how many the recipe yields as well. I filled an entire cookie tin and then some!
    I’m excited to bring them into work and to a Halloween party this weekend. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!


  33. Jaime — October 28, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Made these yesterday and they are amazing. I’m not a big fan of white chocolate but I am a huge fan of oatmeal and pumpkin! I left out the white choc chips and the cherries, and added butterscotch chips. These cookies are moist and delicious. A perfect breakfast with a cup of tea :)


  34. Allison R — October 29, 2010 at 9:15 am

    I made these cookies and got rave reviews! So delicious! Everyone is requesting your recipe. I am making another batch today!


  35. Mary — October 31, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Okay, so just made these and they are awesome! I went to reach for my Vanilla Extract and had six bottles of extracts and guess what? None of them Vanilla….hmmm, what to do, what all good cooks do…improvise. I chose Orange Extract and WOW~ I don’t know that I will even try Vanilla next time I make these, and, oh yes, there will be a next time!! :) Also, I had some baked, salted pumpkin seeds on hand that I garnish my Pumpkin and Butternut Squash soup with, so I added a handful of those. A couple of cookes and a good cup of coffee or tea and you have a meal! C’mon, once and a while a cookie meal is ok!! ;)

    Thanks so much for the recipe!


  36. Lisa — November 11, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    These cookies were SO GOOD! I brought them to work, and people who didn’t even like pumpkin thought they were great.


  37. John — November 21, 2010 at 8:00 am

    I have made these twice now and taken them to work and to church. People went nuts for them and everyone wanted the recipe. The only substitution I made was using dried cranberries rather then dried cherries. Delicious!


  38. Allyson — December 11, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I just made this recipe and, as my husband says–“dang, that’s tasty”.
    I made it with half white flour and half whole wheat flour.
    Instead of white chocolate chips, I put in chopped walnuts and dried cranberries with a bit of lemon zest to cut the sweetness. Excellent cookie that I will make again! I might even add a bit of peanut butter to this


  39. Stephanie — April 11, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    approximately 135 calories per cookie (48 cookies) for those wondering. Thanks for the recipe! These look amazing!


  40. Karina — August 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    These cookies look fabulous! I love oatmeal cookies and I love baking with pumpkin, so these are sure to be great. I will be picking up some pumpkin puree when I’m next out shopping to make these.


  41. Pat — October 3, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    These cookies are absolutely delicious!! My granddaughter baked them for a family gathering yesterday, and I LOVED them. I’m going to bake some today for some friends that I visit. WONDERFUL!!


  42. Melissa Burch — October 3, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Made these last night with cranberries and they were DELICIOUS!! Thank you for sharing your recipe! This one is definitely a keeper!!


  43. shelly — October 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Just made these for the first time last night (honey instead of sugar, mostly fresh ground whole wheat flour and added chopped pecans). They are AWESOME! New favorite cookie for autumn baking! Thanks.


  44. Angie — October 18, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    These just came out of the oven and I couldn’t wait till they cooled to sample. They are really good. I used half whole wheat flour and added some ground flax and bran, as well as cut out all the white sugar and added 2 mashed banana, some cocnut and used dried cranberries. Very Yummmy!



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