Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake Cookies

Holy moly what a week it has been.  I walked into work on Friday having no idea when my last day of work as a United States Marine would be, and I left Friday afternoon knowing I would never have to wear the uniform again.  From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank each and everyone of you who have responded to my Facebook posts, emails, and Instagram posts about my separation for all your kind words of encouragement and support.  It is really a tough pill to swallow changing cold turkey from a career and lifestyle you have lived for 12 years to the exact opposite, but I can tell you I am saving a boat load of money on razors.  I haven’t shaved once since I left work and operation caveman is in full effect.  I will post some status pictures for you soon, but unfortunately I do have to shave one more time on May 20th to go pick up my DD-214 which will prove my end of service.  Oh well, we can get a nice 30 day caveman preview before then.  So anyways, I added the contribute button back to my site on the right sidebar in case anyone is feeling thankful for anything my site has provided you (and I received a few emails telling me I need to put it back up since people appreciate me and want to show me by supporting me).  So once again thank you.  I feel like I could write thank you out thousands of times and it would never show my true level of appreciation for all you awesome readers.

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So I am sure you are sick of my blabbing and sappiness by now so we can get to the recipe.  Truth is, most of you already scrolled down anyways so I hope you love this recipe.  I purposely made this to have a cake like consistency because I am experimenting with making whoopee pies out of them.  Is your interest peaked?  If you want me to continue to work on those and get a recipe, just leave me a comment letting me know and I will see what I can do.  Oh and I am sure I am going to get 15 comments or so asking if anyone can sub the coconut flour in this one, and the answer is no.  You need it in this recipe to absorb all the moisture and give it the consistency I achieved.

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OMGosh I almost forgot.  Do you see this absolutely gorgeous platter that the cookies are on?  Amazing right, well that’s because it was picked out by my amazing pseudo Mom, Stacy from Paleo Parents.  I don’t know why, but she decided to send me this awesome gift just because and that just adds to her level of awesome.  I mean Matt is cool as hell too, but me and Stacy have bonded since I told her I sat in front of the television watching chick flicks, drinking wine, and eating her cookie dough recipe when I was having a down moment.  She supported me in my dark hour by feeding me more and for that I love her.  Not the only reason, just one.  Oh and before I forget, last night I also recorded a podcast with her which will be released soon.  It is a deep one with tons of emotions on body image issues and eating disorders but we are hoping it helps anyone struggling through their issues.  You can find it HERE and make sure you leave a review on iTunes.  If you have only been following me for a short time you can also read my post on my eating disorder which prompted my appearance on the show HERE.

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No more talking, just recipe time.  I just didn’t feel like leaving two pictures in a row without something breaking them up.  So that is the point of this pointless section of words.  Haha, no for real go make this and enjoy.  Have an awesome day.

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4.9 from 27 reviews
Pumpkin Cake Cookies with Chocolate Chips
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Serves: 20
  1. Preheat oven to 375 Degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Combine your pumpkin, coconut oil, eggs, vanilla and honey in a stand mixer or large mixing bowl and mix well
  3. Sift the coconut flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and baking powder together
  4. Add the sifted flour and spices to the pumpkin puree and mix well until all clumps are gone
  5. Fold in your chocolate chips and ensure an even distribution of all the ingredients
  6. Scoop out your cookies in a large tablespoon onto a parchment lined baking sheet
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the bottoms are done
  8. These cookies are supposed to be cake like so they won't cook like normal cookies
  9. Serve warm or store in an airtight container for 3 days
If you can not buy gluten free baking powder, you can make it yourself. You just combine 1 teaspoon baking soda to 2 teaspoons cream of tartar. You have to use it right away as it won't store without the cornstarch.

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  1. Hi! I used banana instead if the pumpkin and oh my they came out awesome ! Thanks for the great recipe !!

  2. If I want to make 1/2 a recipe, can I just half the ingredients?

    Thanks! Excited to try this tonight.

  3. I made these tonight and they were so delicious! Great cookie!

  4. Thank you for your service, George! My girls (4,2 and 7 months) are making these cookies right now to celebrate our military man. Can’t wait to see how they taste and from our veteran family to yours-Happy Veteran’s Day!

  5. hi, i made a double batch, and as i was about to mix it all up, i realized i forgot to the double the eggs. so i waited until i mixed it all up, then added one more egg so in total their was 7 eggs. i also used white chocolate chips, and didn’t add the gluten free because i did not have it, or the stuff to make it. and they still turned out perfect! thanks so much :) definitely making them again soon

  6. The batter was very runny, but they worked like a charm…. my kids devoured the first batch, second batch in the oven now! mmmmm!!!!!!!!! They kinda remind me of pancakes, maybe we’ll have the rest for breakfast? :)

  7. George,

    Do you think it would be possible to use butter instead of coconut oil?


  8. Gerry Earl says:

    I can’t eat honey, so I used Coconut Secret’s Coconut Nectar, same amount you did with the honey. I also can eat dairy, but not sugar, so, I used sugar free choc chips. THESE COOKIES TURNED OUT AMAZING!!!!!! THANKS SOOOO MUCH!!!! Even the kids upstairs LOVED THEM!!! :) ….and had a ball making them with me!!! :)

  9. I made these into muffins and added chopped pecans aswell….so amazing! Saved this pregnant woman from an unhealthy craving. You are a paleo genius George, thank you :)

  10. My first George recipe that I really screwed up. Taste was way off but my fault though! I had already poured most of the ingredients in the bowl when I opened my coconut flour tub and saw that it was bone dry. Sooo ( I really wanted to make these) I subbed the rest of my almond flour and I made some macademia nut flour really quick. The macademia was just too nutty….overpowered the pumpkin. Plus I couldn’t get the right consistency-really runny even with 3 cups of “flour” later. I tried a few cookies but I kind of slopped them on the cookie sheet. They still cooked into a cookie though. Then I poured the rest into muffin pans and a donut pan. They are barely edible-not tasty. Can’t wait to retry with the coconut flour. And maybe a different pumpkin puree or the sweet potato-I think what I was using was a little off- it had a metallicy taste to it. (5 stars because George’s recipes are always epic wins!)

  11. I made these last week and did half with choc chips, half without because I only had 1/2 C of them left, added chopped walnuts to the whole batch, and possibly dipped the non chocolate chips ones in pumpkin butter as I was eating them….delicious! I will be making these again soon. Thank you for the recipes!

  12. Do you think i could substitute the coconut flour for gfree rolled oat flour? Its all i have on hand and this sounds delish!!!

  13. I just made these and had two and they were extremely delicious! I subbed the honey with light agave since I am a diabetic but they were still just as tasty. I am recommended to my friends and this gave me the nice sweet tooth I needed today. Thanks!

  14. Hi! About to make these, and I need a lot. Do you think they will come out the same if I double the recipe? Thanks :)

  15. So excited to make these pumpkin and chocolate is the ultimate satisfying dessert! I gave been dreaming about them but I can’t have paleo goodies for another two weeks!

  16. Yummy! Thanks for the recipe. I have to make myself stop eating them. :)

  17. Absolutely love these! Added maybe 1/4 tsp of salt to them but didn’t change anything else. Thank you :) Def need to try to make whoopie pies with these at some point!

  18. Finally made these babies. Absolutely delish. I ended up with way more than 20, so yay for more cookies! I made whoopie pies out of a few, with a coconut butter/cinnamon/honey filling. omg! ridiculous! :) Thanks for another reliably delicious recipe! AND 1000 thank yous for your service in the USMC. xo

  19. Help! :p

    I made these, and the cookie batter seems to be really soup like and runny. I followed the recipe exactly, and triple checked to be sure. Are they supposed to be that runny?

    • Not soup like runny no. You can add some coconut flour

      • I wonder what I did wrong then. It seems like half a cup of coconut flour isn’t very much for all those wet ingredients.

        I ended up putting in two cups instead of a 1/2 cup of coconut flour, and then made it better, but still kind of runny, so I made muffins.

        BUT, THEY ARE SO FREAKING GOOD. So thanks :)

        I’ll try to figure out what the hell I did wrong…

        • Wow Lanny, that is A LOT OF COCONUT FLOUR. I have made this 4 times the same way and if it was that runny there was way too much liquid added somehow.

        • Just thought I’d ask you because this happened to me in another recipe…
          The coconut oil. How did you measure it?
          It’s a solid measurement. Not a liquid measurement.
          Take 1/2 c. of solid coconut oil, then melt it. Don’t measure melted coconut oil into a liquid measurement.
          I learned this the hard way in another recipe. haha
          Correct me if I’m wrong, George ;)

  20. Divine. I love them. My 6-year-old daughter, who is one of the toughest customers out there, loves them. These would most definitely make good whoopie pies. Or ice cream sandwiches.

  21. Just made these tonight and brought them to a going away WOD and they were devoured in minutes! I fiddled with the spices but that was it.

  22. Norma Taylor says:

    Looking forward to making these, George. Forgot to tell you that the bacon avocado deviled eggs were totally AWESOME. I treated them like delicacies and ate them over 3 days. I was sad when they were gone. Thanks a million for the recipe. You rock.

  23. Just made these the other day, brought in to work, and they disappeared. So delicious! They’re definitely more cake-like than cookie-like…maybe call them “cakies”..? Haha. Anyway, thanks for this recipe – another amazing one! (Also, I don’t even like pumpkin, but I love these.)

  24. Briana says:

    Just a quick question. Can your use almond flour instead of coconut flour?

    • No you can not, the coconut flour is what is responsible for all thickening of this batter. It will not work

      • kelly nagy says:

        HAHA like you said someone is gunna ask that :) looking forward to making these soon! thanks for the recipe

      • Damnnnn, I just tried to make this with almond flour (no coconut flour in the house) and noticed it was was too runny. Read through the comments and saw this one a little too late. Grabbed the pans out of the oven and scooped the batter into a cake pan… Hope I can salvage this pumpkin yummyness!

  25. Hi I am very new to the paleo lifestyle and I have found your website my saviour! I made the
    Choc chip pumpkin cake cookies today and they are lovely. I substituted the chocolate chips for walnuts and dates as I couldn’t find paleo friendly chic chips. I think the dates and walnuts add a great crunch to the cake texture.


    I cannot wait to cook my next treat.
    Keep up the good work xx

  26. I made these at my school with one of my clients! These are amazing and I try not to eat a bunch of sweets. Thank you for all the amazing recipes you make…I am off to make your banana bread!

  27. Andrea M. says:

    Yes, please on the whoopie pies! Used to be my favorite indulgence before giving up grains. Can still see them in all their glory lined up at the Amish Market in PA. That being said these cookies look amazing as is. Good luck with your transition to a new career. Can be an exciting and scary time.

  28. Michele says:

    Another use for these cookies could be coconut ice cream sandwiches!

  29. Lollie says:

    My fiance and I just ate the first batch right now while the second one is baking… because they are THAT GOOD.

    I hate pumpkin. My fiance loves it and his a self proclaimed cookie monster. I begrudgingly made these for him knowing I would not eat many of them..

    …too bad these are so good I ate more than half of the first batch.

    Thank you. For sharing your life with us readers, and the recipes too.

    Chin up, we are all cheering for you. :)

  30. Loved these! First time baking anything and boy did they come out good…Dangerously good! Ended eating 5 within the first 30 minutes. Thanks for the great recipe!

  31. Michelle B says:

    I’m super excited about this recipe! One of our fav treats (before we stopped eating wheat-about a month ago) was choc chip pumpkin bars! I am going to have to pick up a can of pumpkin ASAP and give these a try. Thanks!

  32. “knowing I would never have to wear the uniform again”. Gee, when I served I thought it was a privilege to wear the uniform. Boo.

    • Yes Cindy, everyone has different experiences but after 11 years of honorable service which I loved, the last year was made hell going through a medical separation where I no longer mattered. It is very hard to be honored to do something you are being kicked out of for being injured in the line of your duties. People do not look proudly upon injured service members at all, we are considered more of a thorn than anything

      • Christine says:

        That simply isn’t true. I care and respect all service men and women. I am not the only one that feels this way…. You all have sacrificed so that I and my family can live free. You should be honored. I am sad that you aren’t. Maybe those around you don’t care, honor or appreciate you, but don’t generalize. There are plenty of us that do. (HUGS)

    • If it is such an honor perhaps you should treat fellow service members with more respect instead of splitting hairs over an offhand comment on a freakin’ food blog. Enjoy your cookies and the fact that you’re not injured. I think the correct response is “thank you for your service and the free recipes.”

      Delish btw:)

  33. Camilla says:

    The link to the podcast isn’t working for me…has it not been released yet?

  34. These look AMAZING!! I love whoopie pies..and would love a gluten free recipe

  35. A-maz-ing! Made these last night with baked yam instead of pumpkin, slightly less coconut flour since I live above 6000 ft. and then put them into a muffin tin with liners instead of making cookies. My non-paleo BF and I absolutely LOVE them! Also, they firmed up real nice and didn’t stick too much to the muffin liners like some paleo muffins do. THANK YOU!

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