Give your fall baking list an upgrade with these scrumptious Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies. They’re the right amount of sweet, perfectly chewy, and are made with healthy ingredients.
Why You’ll Love This Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
- Pumpkin Spice. Need I Say More? My fall baking list always includes something with pumpkin and warm spices. While I’m a huge fan of Healthy Pumpkin Bread and Pumpkin Sheet Cake, there’s just something extra special about these delightful little cookies.
- The Cookies Have the Perfect Texture. Forget the cakey, dry, or bland pumpkin cookies of your past. These are the best pumpkin oatmeal cookies! Chewy on the outside and tender and moist on the inside, they’ve got the ideal pumpkin cookie texture (just like these Pumpkin Snickerdoodles). If you like your pumpkin cookies with a little extra crunch or chew, you could even upgrade this recipe with chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or raisins.
- The Maple Glaze is Next Level. While there are many who might turn down a regular oatmeal cookie (not these Healthy Oatmeal Cookies or my classic Oatmeal Cookies though), these pumpkin cookies with that heavenly maple glaze can’t be ignored.
5 Star Review
“LOVE THESE! They were exactly what I was craving. I will definitely be making these again!”— Molly —
How to Make the Best Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
- White Whole Wheat Flour. I opted to use white whole wheat flour for this recipe because it contains more nutrients than white flour.
- Pumpkin Puree. For delicious pumpkin flavor and a nutrition boost! Pumpkin is rich in vitamins and helps keep these as low calorie pumpkin oatmeal cookies. (If you want to use up your leftover pumpkin puree, try this Pumpkin Oatmeal.)
- Rolled Oats. Along with the pumpkin, oats are the co-star of these cookies. They give the cookies their texture. Packed with fiber, oats are also a healthy addition to these cookies.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice. The blend of spices we’ve all come to know and love in our pumpkin-flavored treats.
- Cinnamon. Because when it comes to pumpkin, you can never have enough cinnamon.
- Coconut Sugar. Although coconut sugar is a natural sweetener, it provides all the caramel-like goodness that these cookies need.
- Egg Yolk. Important for the perfect chewy texture.
- Maple Syrup. Another way to add natural sweetness to these cookies. Plus, it tastes incredible with pumpkin!
- Vanilla. Vanilla makes these cookies taste extra warm and cozy.
- Maple Glaze. An optional but highly recommended finishing touch.
- Melt the Coconut Oil. Preheat the oven.
- Mix the Dry Ingredients. Whisk the dry ingredients together.
- Mix the Wet Ingredients. Stir the sugar into the oil, then whisk in the remaining wet ingredients.
- Prepare the Dough. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry.
- Get Ready to Bake. Drop cookie dough balls onto a baking sheet.
- Bake. Bake pumpkin oatmeal cookies at 350 degrees F for 11 to 12 minutes. Make the glaze.
- Frost the Cookies. DIG IN!
- To Store. 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.
- To Freeze. Place cookies in an airtight freezer-safe storage container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe
- Baking Sheets. A must-have for baking cookies.
- Batter Scoop. My trick to perfectly-sized cookies.
- Small Whisk. Keep your ingredients in the bowl with this small, easy-to-use whisk.
Recipe Tips and Tricks
- Just the Yolks. For this recipe, we’re only using an egg yolk. It helps create the perfect chewy, tender texture. (Save the egg white to make Pumpkin Granola.)
- Don’t Skimp on the Spices. While the pumpkin is an important part of these cookies, it is not the main source of flavor. The warm, rich spices are what makes these cookies addictive, so don’t hold back!
- Know Thy Oven. Cookies (and all baked goods) can go from done to overdone in a matter of minutes. If you know that your oven tends to run hot, make sure you check them early and often.
Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
For the Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies:
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour (plus 2 tablespoons)
- 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
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
- In a microwave-safe medium bowl, melt the coconut oil and set aside to cool.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 pattern. Let the cookies sit at room temperature until the glaze sets, about 20 minutes. Enjoy!
- TO STORE: The cookies’ flavor is best on Day 2. Store leftovers in an airtight storage container lined with paper towels at room temperature for up to 1 week.
- TO FREEZE: Freeze cookies in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can make these pumpkin oatmeal cookies vegan. Swap the egg yolk for a flax egg.
I haven’t tried a healthy pumpkin oatmeal cookies applesauce swap, so I can’t say for certain whether or not it could replace the egg yolk; I believe it would most likely make the cookies cakey.
Yes, you can definitely make these into pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Fold in the chocolate chips in at the end of Step 5. Or, try my classic Healthy Pumpkin Cookies.
If you don’t want to use the maple glaze from this recipe (it’s absolutely delicious on these cookies!), then you could swap it for the vanilla glaze from my Apple Oatmeal Cookies recipe (also delicious!).