Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

If you don’t have a personal cookie advisor, I highly recommend seeking out the service. I baked these Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with Maple Frosting in honor of mine.

Soft and CHEWY Maple Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies. Healthy recipe made with maple syrup, coconut oil, and whole grains. Easy and filled with warm spices and big pumpkin flavor! Recipe at wellplated.com

Chewy at the edges, soft in the center, and filled with warm layers of spice, this delectable fall dessert is in honor of my personal cookie whisperer, my younger sister, Elaine.

Elaine has baked more batches of oatmeal cookies than anyone I know, constantly leads me to the best cookie spots in her hometown of Kansas City (if you haven’t had the sugar cookie at The Mixx yet, YOU MUST), and like all the greats of their craft, does not hesitate to point out a particular cookie’s shortcomings. When Elaine approves of one of my cookie recipes from my blog, I know it is a keeper.

Of course, I value Elaine’s opinion on far more than simply a fresh batch of Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies. As we’ve grown older, my view of our relationship has shifted from seeing her as my “little sister” to considering her a peer. A much cooler, younger peer. Elaine is one of the first people I call when I need an honest opinion, a laugh, or any sort of fashion consultation.

A recipe for Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies feels especially appropriate today because in fewer than 24 hours, I’ll be standing up beside the cookie expert herself on her wedding day. Tomorrow my not-so-baby baby sis is getting hitched!

Chewy Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies (not cakey!). Flavorful healthy pumpkin cookies filled with spices and made with maple syrup, whole grains, and coconut oil. Recipe at wellplated.com

My title in the wedding is “Matron of Honor.”

As I consider the word “matron” synonymous with “cat lady”—and not the nice, friendly, mildly deranged sort of cat lady; I’m talking the crotchety, bitter, pours-you-decaf-coffee-instead-of-regular variety—I’ve decided to call myself “Madame of Honor” instead. Everything sounds nicer when it’s French.

Healthy Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with Maple Glaze. Ultra soft, chewy, and filled with warm spices. Recipe at wellplated.com

In case you were wondering, “Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies” in French is biscuits d’avoine et de citrouille.

Maybe I’ll stick with “Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies” after all.

As this post went to press, I was putting the finishing touches on my Madame-of-Honor speech. Meaning, I was thinking about starting it.

How do you tell someone you’ve known her whole life and most of yours that even though you didn’t choose each other, you’d still pick her for a sister and a friend every day just the same?

I suspect I’ll burn the first 60 seconds of my 90-second speech allotment blubbering into the mic. Here’s hoping I can hold back the tears and utter something coherent for the last 30!

Oatmeal Pumpkin Spice Cookies. Easy, healthy, and filled with wonderful flavor. Healthy recipe made with maple syrup, coconut oil, and whole grains. Recipe at wellplated.com

Whether you consider yourself a professional cookie advisor or simply love a good cookie (or both), I hope you add these chewy Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies to your fall baking list. They’re the right amount of sweet, aren’t too cakey (one of my biggest pet peeves with most pumpkin cookie recipes), and are made with healthy ingredients.

I’m not sure how much I’ll have my phone with me over the weekend, but if you’d like to catch a glimpse of the beautiful bride, be sure to follow @wellplated on Instagram (and if you like my more personal handle, @erindeeclarke).

Now, about that speech…

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Soft and Chewy Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies. Healthy recipe made with maple syrup, coconut oil, and whole grains. Easy and filled with warm spices!

Yield: about 14 cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 11 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes, plus cooling

Ingredients:

For the Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup packed coconut sugar (or substitute light brown sugar)
  • 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Maple Glaze (optional):

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon milk (any kind of dairy or nondairy milk you like) or cream
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  2. In a microwave-safe medium bowl, melt the coconut oil and set aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  4. To the bowl with the coconut oil, add the coconut sugar and stir until well combined. Once combined, whisk in the egg yolk. Add the pumpkin, maple syrup, and vanilla, and whisk until the mixture is well blended. It will be very thick. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the well, then stir and fold the batter by hand with a rubber spatula or spoon, just until combined and the flour disappears. The dough will be very thick and will seem dry, but keep stirring and folding and it will come together. Do not overmix.
  5. With a cookie scoop or spoon, portion the dough by 2 tablespoonfuls. Roll into balls and place on the baking sheet, leaving about 1 1/2 inches between each. Lightly flatten the tops of the balls to help the cookies spread in the oven, but do not flatten them completely.
  6. Bake the cookies for 11 to 12 minutes, until very lightly browned on the edges, dry to the touch, and still appearing soft in the centers. Allow the cookies to cool 4 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. While the cookies cool, make the glaze: In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, 1/2 tablespoon milk, maple syrup, and vanilla until evenly combined. If the glaze is too thick to drizzle, add additional milk 1/2 teaspoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
  8. To frost: Transfer the cookies to a plate or clean sheet of parchment. Dip a fork into the glaze and drizzle it over the top of the cookies in a zigzag patter. Let the cookies sit at room temperature until the glaze sets, about 20 minutes. Enjoy!
  • The cookies’ flavor is best on Day 2. Store leftovers in an airtight container lined with paper towels at room temperature for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
All images and text ©/Well Plated.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 cookie, without glaze

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 173 Calories
  • Total Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 13mg
  • Sodium: 87mg
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Protein: 2g

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

30 comments

  1. Have a great time at the wedding Erin and these cookies look amazing!

  2. Awww…have the best time this weekend! I’m sure you’re speech will be great! And if all else fails, just pass out some of these cookies! Lol.

  3. While the fall pumpkin recipe market can get bloated really quickly, I haven’t seen a recipe like this one yet… looks great! Can’t wait to try it!

  4. If Fall was a cookie, it’d DEFINITELY be this one!!

  5. Can you use butter instead of coconut oil? Sorry if this is in the comments already, don’t have a chance to read them at this second but the recipe looks so good!

  6. Can I share your trainer? And then you make me these too? K, thanks. Haha have fun this weekend!

  7. OMGosh, these are delicious, I used gluten free flour instead of wheat flour and dropped by the tablespoon full as my dough didn’t get stiff enough to roll but they are awesome!!! Perfect for the first day of fall, thanks Erin for such good recipes!

    Rating: 5
    • Paula, this makes me so happy to hear! Thanks so much for trying the recipe and taking time to leave this lovely review, as well as to let me know that the gluten free flour works well. That’s really valuable info! Enjoy every bite.

  8. Exactly my cup of tea ! Thank you so much !

  9. These sound delicious! I have made all kinds of oatmeal cookies but have never used pumpkin in them. Looking forward to trying these soon.

  10. And…congratulations to the new bride and groom!

  11. Made these this weekend and YUM. I did sub butter as I didn’t have coconut oil, added  plumped white raisins and chopped walnuts.  Delicious!! I agree that somehow they taste even better the 2nd day,  flavors must need time to blend.  I made them a little smaller and got 2 dozen, but hey, you can always eat two. 😊  Oh yes, and they are also delicious without the glaze!!   A great healthier cookie.

    Rating: 5
  12. P. S. Congrats to all on the nuptials! 

  13. I made these cookies with my daughter tonight and they are amazing!!

    Rating: 5
  14. hey girl- these look so yummy! Have a great week!

  15. Not want, NEED. And I’m talking a dozen, not one or two (for myself, to be clear). Cannot wait to try these!

  16. Haha, I giggled throughout most of this post, especially the cat lady part. I saw a few pics on Insta you posted from the wedding. So beautiful!

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