THE BEST easy 3 ingredient chocolate chip pumpkin cookies!

THE BEST easy 3 ingredient chocolate chip pumpkin cookies!
These pumpkin cookies are actually the best ever. Seriously. Chocolatey pumpkin cookies that are gooey inside and so delicious. Only three ingredients, these cookies are so easy to whip up and they taste out of this world yummy. Super quick to mix up and bake. The perfect pumpkin cookie!

Inspiration and thoughts

Move aside every other chocolate chip pumpkin cookie, because these are the best!  I have been making these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies for years and all of my family and friends expect to see them from me as soon as fall comes around (I never disappoint).  They’re that good.  Even my boyfriend, Eli, who isn’t as much of a pumpkin person as I am, loves these (just made him a double batch!).

These cookies were first inspired by my mom (again!) – every year she makes a pumpkin pineapple cake that is so good.  She doesn’t make it from scratch: she uses the Krusteaz or Libby’s pumpkin bread box to make it.  These boxes come with the pumpkin bread dry mix and one can of pumpkin and the baker is supposed to add eggs and oil, and my mom adds pineapple to it and uses a cake pan instead of a loaf pan (it is literally so good).  Every time I would see her make one of these bread loaves I thought, well in these boxes is basically a spice cake mix and the pumpkin as the main ingredients.  I wondered how this pumpkin bread would taste without the olive oil and eggs, since I make eggless recipes all of the time (only because my sister, Kelly, is notorious for testing the dough excessively and eggless gives her big sis peace of mind; if you haven’t checked out my other eggless dessert recipes, definitely do so here!).  And then I tried it of course, and I changed the loaf to a cookie because I love pumpkin cookies more.

pumpkin cookies featured on plate

So I got one regular spice cake mix and added one can of pumpkin and chocolate chips, mixed it all up and baked it into cookies.  They were AMAZING.  And that is how these cookies were born.  That was when I was in college in 2009 so I have been baking these cookies for 11 years and counting!  All of my family and friends love them and now expect them from me come October.  I serve them at every fall dinner party I’ve hosted and make them for Friendsgiving, which I host every year too.  They’re the best because they not only taste so good, but also because they are super quick, easy, and so doughy and delicious.

Hope you try them!

pumpkin chocolate chip cookies on plate

How it’s made, notes

So easy!  All you need is a spice cake mix, one can of pumpkin, and chocolate chips.  That’s all.  Just mix the spice cake mix and the pumpkin together until well combined then add the chocolate chips.   A fabulous sticky orange dough will form.  Add large spoonfuls into a prepared baking sheet about 1-2 inches apart.  I can usually fit up to 8 cookies onto one large tray.  and you don’t have to shape them or roll them into balls (actually they can’t roll anyway, the dough is too sticky!).   Just plop the dough onto the pan with a spoon one at a time, top with extra chocolate chips, and bake for 15 minutes at 350 F.   I prefer to bake one tray at a time because my top oven tray is my favorite to bake on and is better than the bottom for cookies.  Feel free to use two trays and bake more cookies at one time.  Let these cool for a few minutes before you try them.  You can store these out at room temperature or in the fridge – they are delicious cold too!

These are the best.  Enjoy!

pumpkin cookies featured on plate

THE BEST easy 3 ingredient chocolate chip pumpkin cookies!

These pumpkin cookies are actually the best ever. Seriously. Chocolatey pumpkin cookies that are gooey inside and so delicious. Only three ingredients, these cookies are so easy to whip up and they taste out of this world yummy. Super quick to mix up and bake. The perfect pumpkin cookie!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert

Ingredients
  

  • 1 can pumpkin
  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips + a bit more for the tops of the cookies

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F and prepare two baking sheets.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the spice cake and pumpkin until well combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Add large spoonfuls of dough for each cookie onto the baking sheet until you have filled up the two pans. Don't roll or shape them, just drop that dough in any shape onto your baking sheet! Keep each cookie about 2 inches apart. Top with extra chocolate chips.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes. Don't over bake! (see notes). These cookies have no eggs so they can be a bit undercooked and still fabulously gooey and delicious (honestly the best part). Enjoy!

Notes

Baking time: my oven is a bit older and may take longer than others - check your cookies between 12-15 minutes to see if they are done, but don't bake too much more than 15 minutes.  My cookie test to see if they are done is this: with a spoon or spatula, lift up the edge of the cookie.  If it comes up easily from the pan and you can see the bottom, it is ready!  If they are too doughy to lift then leave them in a bit longer. 
This is very minor, but after using many different boxed spice cake mixes and making these cookies for years, I have found that I definitely prefer the Betty Crocker spice cake mix over every other one I've tried. 
I prefer large milk chocolate chips for this recipe, but you can use mini or semi sweet chocolate chips if you like. 
These are delicious out of the oven, but you can also leave them out at room temperature or keep them in the fridge - they are also yummy cold!
And lastly, don't forget to spray your pans with cooking spray.
Keyword chocolate, chocolate chip, cookie, easy, fall, pumpkin, quick, spice


2 thoughts on “THE BEST easy 3 ingredient chocolate chip pumpkin cookies!”

  • 5 stars
    Thanks for sharing this deliciously amazing pumpkin cookie recipe. These are one of the best cookies ever. I can’t believe how easy they are to make, too. The Betty Crocker Spice Cake Mix goes fast this time of year so when I find it, I buy a few boxes.

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